Hareini Mekasher (I Join Myself)

Mekasher signifies an intense clinging of one thing to another with a third force wrapped around both of them. My painting depicts the root of the grapevine with new shoots coming up and out of it, wrapping around the vine. A third strand of passionate red binds the vine and the branches together. Whimsical leaves and grapes burst forth and tumble down from the vivid green tendrils that are bound to the ancient root, promising a sweet and bountiful harvest to come.

Here streams found in both modern and ancient Messianic Judaism intersect. This prayer recalls what Yeshua said to His followers. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5). Thus the prayer, Hareini Mekasher, is the heart’s cry of the follower clinging to the Master, joining to Him, abiding in Him and held fast by Him in a most mystical and intimate way.

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