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Our tradition sees our mazal as the influence of the stars trickling down on us. The mystics believe that our soul, our mazal, shines like a brilliant star from above with only one ray inhabiting our bodies. In this visual expression, the top of the painting shows the heavens filled with shining stars trickling downward. The main orb, symbolizing our soul, emits an orange ray into the largest circle, representing our physical body. Destiny is represented by the silver bar traveling through the stars, the upward movement expresses the concept of transcending one’s destiny. The juxtaposition of the up and down movements is a key element of the design. When we offer a "Mazal Tov," we evoke energy of the cosmic field to channel blessings. When heaven and earth meet and blessings abound, our destinies can be transcended.
Old Jewish Cemetery (Czech Republic). 'With 12,000 gravestones and some 100,000 bodies packed into a space the size of a few suburban gardens, Prague’s old Jewish Cemetery is like no other on earth.' www.lonelyplanet....
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