Jahrzeit, Jewish Cemetery, Prague, Czech Republic, November 2014
Printed on 11 x 14 matte archival fine art paper.
Edition of 10.
This image was taken at the Jewish Cemetery in Prague on a cold and grey November day in 2014. It is one of the most hauntingly beautiful places I have ever visited.
Squeezed in between city buildings, you can viscerally feel all the stories of the centuries. But you can also feel the emptiness of a community that was decimated by the Holocaust, and later Communism. That emptiness is as palpable as the vibrancy once was of the Czech Jewish community.
That's why this piece is called Jahrzeit. The image contains words from the Jewish prayer spoken to commemorate the passing of a loved one. As we move through our lives, we must remember our history -- all of it. The heavy and the hopeful -- and commit to doing whatever we can not to let that which we wish not to have repeated come to pass on our watch. The human soul is a light from God, but we must keep the divine flame lit.
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