Helpful Mountain

1999
acryic, ink, collage on canvas
44" x 66"
7500
Helpful Mountain

The summits of the mountains on whose gentle slopes the Baal Shem Tov lived are straight and steep. In hours of meditation he liked to climb these peaks and stay at the very top for a time. Once he was so deep in ecstasy, he failed to notice that he was on the edge of an abyss, and calmly lifted his foot to walk on. Instantly, a neighboring mountain leaped to the spot, pressed itself close to the other, and the Baal Shem pursued his way.