The pomegranate tree depicted growing fruitfully in the desert in this piece represents a unique quality of the Jewish nation. Hope. Not only is the pomegranate an ancient Jewish royal symbol, it was also present on priest’s clothes and is mystically symbolic of mitzvot and continuity.
The pomegranate tree that withstands the forces of time
“Bloom in the Desert” signifies hope. A pomegranate tree in the middle of a dry and arid desert. Through this piece, the artist shows the viewers that even in times of strife and hardship, faith, hope and willpower can lead to the blooming of the desert. Combining Israel’s desert landscape, its rocks and plants, with platinum, gold and brushed decorations, the artists depicts the pomegranate tree that withstands the forces of time. Like all others, this creation is handmade, authentically conveying the sense of the Land of Israel. The relief breaks through the frame and enables viewers to feel the desert and pomegranate tree with their hands.
The pomegranate is one of the seven species of Israel. Since ancient times, the pomegranate was known as a royal fruit, thanks to the crown appearing on top. In addition, the pomegranate has a long shelf life and various cultures consider it of medicinal value. The pomegranate is etched on many coins, candles, clay pots, wall ornaments and jewelry. Pomegranates were embroidered in light blue and purple between the golden bells along the hem of the High Priest’s robe. The pomegranate is included in the names of many cities mentioned in the Book of Prophets. The pomegranate is afforded greater status and glory among the other fruits, thanks to its red color and its bright and shiny seeds.
“…the vines had budded the pomegranates were in bloom”
In Judaism, the pomegranate symbolizes blessing, plenty, beauty and wisdom. The spies whom Moses sent to explore the country carried with them grapes, pomegranates and figs in order to exemplify the wealth of the Land of Israel. The pomegranate’s bloom marks the beginning of spring and, as written in the Song of Songs: “…the vines had budded the pomegranates were in bloom”. The People of Israel ate pomegranate seeds at Rosh Hashanah meals, hoping that “May it be that our merits increase like the seeds of a pomegranate.”