The Elevation Offering

And he [Moses]
brought near the burnt offering ram…he slaughtered [it], and Moses dashed the
blood on the altar, around. And Moses made the entire ram [go up in]
smoke on the altar. It was a burnt offering [with] a pleasing fragrance, a fire
offering to the L‑rd.
(Leviticus 8:18-21)

In this abstract
expressionist rendition of the Oleh—elevation offering, we see subtle hints of
the ram going up in flames on the altar. The smoke of the sacrifice rises
upward suggesting the appearance of the animal itself. The palette of primal
colors reflects the passionate energy that went into the creation of the
painting. The red-hot tones are suggestive of the blood which was poured on the
altar, as the golden tinged fire offering ascends heavenward.

According to the
Ramban, the final offering of the ram was an expression of gratitude to G‑d. It
was the culmination of the

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