Lawrence Kushner was born in Detroit in 1943. As a boy and through high school, Kushner’s life revolved around art and he was the recipient of many awards. His painting went into hibernation when he decided to become a rabbi.
After his ordination in 1969, he served a pulpit for thirty years in Sudbury, Massachusetts. For over a decade he has been the Scholar-in-Residence at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco. He is the author of over a score of books on spirituality and Kabbalah as well as a novel, Kabbalah: A Love Story.
And now, after a fifty year hiatus, he has returned to his art full-force. He studies with the Baja-San Rafael impressionist, Ezra Katz; the Palo Alto, figurative landscape painter, Sandy Ostrau; and urban, cityscape artist Veerakeat Tongpaiboon.
According to the Zohar, in the light with which God began creation, Adam and Eve were able to see from one end of space to the other end of time. But, when the Creator realized that, if human beings could use such infinite awareness, they would destroy everything. (If you could see into the future, tell me you wouldn’t dabble in real estate.) So God hid the light. And just this is the task of the artist: To reveal the radiance once again; light is everywhere.
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