gorgeous micrography lithograph by David Yohanan,
signed by the artist, created and printed in Jerusalem.
This is the Physician's prayer writen by the famous
Medieval Jewish physician Moses Maimonides (the Rambam,
1137-1204). Below is a translation:
above, before I begin my holy work, healing Your creation
[human beings], I lay my plea before You, that You
will grant me the strength of spirit and the vast
energy to do my work with faith, and that the aspiration
to accumulate wealth will not blind my eyes from seeing
one who is suffering, one who comes for my [professional]
advice, as a human being, [whether] rich or poor,
friend or foe, the good and the evil person, in his
sorrowful moment reveal to me only the human being
in him. My love for the learning of medicine should
only strengthen my spirit, only the truth shall be
the light before my feet, for any weakness in my work
might bring about death and illness to Your creation.
I beg you, please, compasionate and gracious God,
strengthen and focus my body and my soul and plant
within me a spirit that is whole.
by Noga Hullman ? 2001
face in the piece is of the Rambam. The most renowned
Jewish physician in the Middle Ages, who was also
a distinguished rabbi and philosopher, was Moses Maimonides
(the Rambam, 1137-1204). Born in Cordoba, he fled
to Fez. Later he went to Palestine and then to Cairo,
where he became a physician at the court of Saladin
and his sons. Maimonides had a prodigious literary
output, including extensive writing on medical matters.
These were written at the end of his life, after his
monumental halakhic and philosophical works. Maimonides
strongly believed in prophylactic medicine. In his
Guide to the Perplexed he wrote: "Among a thousand
persons only one dies a natural death: the rest succumb
early in life owing to ignorant or irregular behavior."
Maimonides considered the study of medicine a very
important factor of Jewish ethics. It helps to maintain
the fitness of the body and enables [man] to purify
and raise his strength to an uplifted ethical plane."
is a wonderful addition to physician's office or as
a gift for anyone in the medical field.Measures:
11 x 13 inches.
David Yohanan's work is not sold outside of Israel, this is the only place on the Internet to find his work.
David Yohanan was born in Tiberius (Tveria), Israel in 1971.
Already at an early age it was evident that he had extraordinary painting talents, and he was considered a child prodigy. At 12 years old, he participated in a national painting competition, reaped many accolades, and took First Prize. In 1987, he moved to Jerusalem and enrolled in the Betzalel School of Art, which also pursuing Judaic Studies in a yeshiva, and achieved mastery as a Scribe (Sofer Stam - Sofer Torah Umezusot).
His dual talents are evidenced in the remarkable combinations of writing and decorations on klaf (holy parchments), incorporating symbols and quotations from the Bible, and Jerusalem scapes. Examples of his artistic creations include a Megilat Esther (scroll of the Book of Esther), ktubot (wedding agreements), depictions of pitum haktoret (the Temple incense mixture) and more.
He has drawn hundreds of paintings in charcoal, aquatint, acrylic, oil and watercolors. His painting techniques include illuminations, microcaligraphy, papercuts and vitrage. The interweaving of colors and varied shapes give his paintings depth and exhibit remarkable creativity. In addition, the artist has shown great interior design talents; he designs aronot kodesh (Torah scroll arks) and Judaica art ornaments. Mr. Yohanan has recently put out a series of original and unique Calligraphy paintings.
His works of art are recognized widely in the art world, and adorn the homes of many famous people throughout the world.
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