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Gallery: Judaica
Frame: unframed
Year: 1974
Media: etching with aquatint on archival paper
'The Penitents' is the fourth image from 'The Rituals of Atonement Suite', a series of etchings with aquatint created in 1974. Here is a minyan (a prayer quorum of ten Jewish men) performing a prayer known as ‘Al Chet’ (the ‘ch’ is pronounced gutturally). In this prayer, we ask forgiveness for the sins which we have committed unknowingly such as insulting a loved one, or being disrespectful to an elder. Only one woman is shown in the balcony of the synagogue for three reasons. First, in the Orthodox tradition, men and women must sit separately during services so as not to distract each other during prayer. Second, although women are not technically required to attend services in deference to domestic duties, their spiritual presence may be felt. Third, because one woman’s role in maintaining the existence and balance of faith is so important, it must never be underestimated.
Dimensions: 30 x 22
Price: 250.00

Atonement: Al Chet