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February 2, 2012 3:18 pm

Why a Jewish Artist Recreated the Charity Box

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Ron Agam's 2012 Jewish Pushke. Photo: Ron Agam.

Being Jewish and an artist for me is following a family tradition that is now somehow part of Art History. To be the son of an incredibly talented artist and a great humanitarian is a path that took years to develop, slowly and respectfully. My father created some of the most extraordinary Judaic art, pieces that always allied beauty and spirituality to the highest form.

A few months ago I was asked by  a dear friend of mine in Miami to create a Jewish Pushke box that will be auctioned for a charity of WIZO in March 2012.

I immediately said yes, intrigued by the challenge. For days I thought, “what will I do?”

As a child I always remembered the KKL pushke box and I thought it was so beautiful, always putting a coin in there because I thought it was cool.
In Jewish life , anonymous charity rates as one of the most wonderful Mitzvahs and the Pushke is just that – the expression of visual beauty joined to a beautiful soulful gesture is definitely one that really makes this box so special.

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  • I love the box, it is so colorful and brings joy when you see it.

    • Nicolas Rachline

      The box is a very subtle symbol. Only anonymous charity is charity. The rest is mostly vanity.