The High Holy Days

Julie Marks

Los Angeles, United States

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Today is Rosh Hashana, one of the high
holy days on the Jewish Calendar. I
had a religious woman that I supervised,
a friend of Gail Steger who died of lung
cancer that I titled into the Mist and
Sophie Shapiro, an amazing artist
painted a piece in memorial to Gail’s life.
Hanna worked at an HMO in West Los
Angeles treating Jewish adults and children
as a licensed clinical social worker. For
years I taught her how to effectively
treat children and one especially named
Aviva who needed placement in
a small private Yeshiva and asked me
to do the psychological and neurological
report so this lonely and very disturbed
young woman could be admitted to
the school of her Hassidic parent’s choice.
She fit all the criteria and thankfully was
admitted to a wonderful school that
could support her social skills and
treat her learning disabilities. Tragically,
on the day of Yom Kippur, she was walking
across the street after services and
was killed by a bus when she stepped
onto the crosswalk and was instantly hit
what felt like a rocket ship and was
tragically killed by a bus. Her friend
was saved and if Gail knew that this
wonderful woman, a colleague she loved
was killed after Gail died, she would have
been stricken with grief after many
years of supervising Hanna to treat
her adult patients. I always remember
what Hanna said knowing that I
did not go to temple, but was spiritual
and when she told me that I am religious
because it means “the gift of healing” as
does the cross before christ in pagan
times symbolized spirit and substance.
This photograph is to pay homage
to Hanna and her wonderful spirit,
soul and commitment to her faith.
I usually have a song playing in my
head when I think of the people I
have loved and lost. I think the
song by Blues Traveler, Run Around,
Look Around:
Once upon a midnight dreary
I woke with something in my head
I couldn’t escape the memory
Of a phone call and of what you said
Like a game show contestant with a parting gift
I could not believe my eyes
When I saw through the voice of a trusted friend
Who needs to humor me and tell me lies
Yeah humor me and tell me lies
And I’ll lie too and say I don’t mind
And as we seek so shall we find
And when you’re feeling open I’ll still be here
But not without a certain degree of fear
Of what will be with you and me
I still can see things hopefully

But you
Why you wanna give me a run-around
Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up
When all it does is slow me down

And shake me and my confidence
About a great many things
But I’ve been there I can see it cower
Like a nervous magician waiting in the wings
Of a bad play where the heroes are right
And nobody thinks or expects too much
And Hollywood’s calling for the movie rights
Singing hey babe let’s keep in touch
Hey baby let’s keep in touch
But I want more than a touch I want you to reach me
And show me all the things no one else can see
So what you feel becomes mine as well
And soon if we’re lucky we’d be unable to tell
What’s yours and mine the fishings fine
And it doesn’t have to rhyme so don’t you feed me a line

But you
Why you wanna give me a run-around
Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up
When all it does is slow me down

Tra la la la la bombardier this is the pilot speaking
And I’ve got some news for you
It seems my ship still stands no matter what you drop
And there ain’t a whole lot that you can do
Oh sure the banner may be torn and the wind’s gotten colder
Perhaps I’ve grown a little cynical
But I know no matter what the waitress brings
I shall drink in and always be full
Yea I will drink in and always be full

Oh I like coffee
And I like tea
I’d like to be able to enter a final plea
I still got this dream that you just can’t shake
I love you to the point you can no longer take
Well all right okay
So be that way
I hope and pray
That there’s something left to say

But you
Why you wanna give me a run-around
Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up
When all it does is slow me down

Please view this in the large format.

L’ Shana Tova to the memory of my
dear fiends, Gail and Hanna.

Please view this in the large format
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