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“Birkat Cohanim” by Ora Nissim

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In the blue and gold painting Ora Nissim shows Cohanim blessing of Jewish people. The artist has grown up in the Jerusalem neighborhood “Mea Shearim”, in her art she depicts “feeling and movement”, that are behind the black modest clothing. The background is luminous, almost flaming.

Specifically cohen is the word for “priest”, used in reference to the Aaronic priesthood. During the existence of the Temple in Jerusalem, cohanim performed the daily and holiday duties there.

Unique style

Ora Nissim’s paintings can be easily recognized, due to unusual compositions and artistic findings. Using a combination of stains and paints, she creates the work, that seems to strive upward. In particular, the painting is spiritually dense, it makes spectators concentrate on the essential issues. There is no ground, cohanims are almost flying in their prayer and focus on the infinte. Artist creates the feeling, that they are moving. Even though spectators do not see the eyes of prayers. they can feel the energy of the painting.


The background reminds of the Western Wall, where hundreds of cohanim bless Jews on the feast days. Blue color captivates spectators and refers to the sky and sublimity. From the artist’s perspective: “Gold instills hope for better days, days of tranquility, and the yearning for the Messiah and complete redemption”.

Ora Nissim manages to show judaism actual and flourishing. Especially, as the artist has described her art: she paints “Judaism today and in the future”, not “Judaism of the past”. Ora Nisim shows Jerusalem living in the motion.

In addition,

You can find a large selection of other artworks created by Ora Nissim in Kings Gallery. She shows the prayers, that are the moments with the highest power.  Also, her dances are vortices of the worship. Enchated Jerusalem is a bit different on each painting. As she wrote: “Each day in Jerusalem has its story, its atmosphere, and its primary color”.

Kings Gallery is a leading fine art gallery established in Jerusalem in 1995. We strive to collect and sell the highest quality historic and contemporary Israeli and International art. The gallery specializes primarily in artists from the early period of the 1920’s. In addition, Kings Gallery features leading up-and-coming young artists who will definitely be prominent names in the next few years.

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