THE ORIGIN OF “THE MOUND”
The Mound is based on the Hassidic tale of the 36 hidden Tzaddikim*.
*In Kabbalistic folklore, the thirty-six hidden ones have the potential to save the world, they appear when they are needed, and one of them might be the Messiah. We Jews began to get familiar with them, referring to them in Yiddish as the “lamed vov-niks” Lamed vov is Hebrew for thirty six.
The thirty-five figures are gone forever.
One is not. The others--dead!
One escapes; one of the thirty-six survives...The Jewish people survive!
Pen and ink: 30” x 30”