Hannah’s Prayer

© Durga Yael Bernhard – do not use without written permission from the artist

About a decade ago, I was commissioned to illustrate the passage from the Book of Samuel in which Hannah prays fervently for a child. Her yearning is so great, she gives birth not only to a son, but seemingly to prayer itself, as Hannah’s priest is first puzzled and then amazed by her emotional outpouring.

In ancient times, ritual and sacrifice were the most common expressions of piety. Eventually, new ways of practicing devotion were introduced by the likes of Hannah: study, learning, meditation and prayer. As an intellectual act infused with emotion, prayer was a powerful new way for the individual to connect to God.

Hannah’s Prayer is the image for December in my new calendar, The Jewish Eye 5778 / 2018 Calendar of ArtYou can read more about the painting there.  Calendars are now on sale in the new Jewish section of my website:  http://jewisheyeart.com:  $16 until the end of Sukkot, including shipping within the continental U.S.  $18 on Amazon.

The Jewish Eye Calendar of Art makes a thoughtful and inspiring gift.

A good week to all!

D Yael Bernhard
Author / Illustrator of
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