In memory of the victims of the Holocaust
The composition “Eternal Flame” is a modern and symbolic work, concerning the tragic subject of the Holocaust, and all of the lives and fates broken by those events. It is a flame of sacrifice, suffering, and the struggle of the soul, a light of the nation and a memory of its people, the intellectual elite, those subjected to decimation. But despite all of the tragedy, nothing could put out the light of the Jewish people or uproot their true values.
When God appeared to Moses in the form of a burning bush, he told him to remove his shoes, for the spot on which Moses stood was holy ground.
2. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.
3. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”
4. So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”
5. Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” 6 Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.
The meaning of the word “flame” as a symbol: fire symbolizes transformation, cleansing, the giving of life through the sun, renewal of life, fertilization, strength, power, energy, invisible energy in the process of existence, protection, armor, visibility, destruction, passion, plea, a transition from one state to another, a method for communication with the heavens. Fire is the face of spiritual strength, transcendent and aware, testifying to the presence of God or of the soul, the breath of life; the inspiration of the soul and its clarity. A flame over the head or around it, such as a halo, attests to the strength of God and potency of the soul, since the head is seen as the residence of the soul. The flame leaves the body at the moment of death. Fire and flames are typical symbols of the heart. Both are ambivalent: on one side, they are God-like and creative, on the other – demonic and destructive. Fire destroys all that has been created and reduces it to primitive unity. Fire and flames are embodiments of truth and knowledge, consuming lies, ignorance, illusions, death, and all that is unclean. A baptism of fire restores initial cleanliness, burning the excess, that which is associated with passage through flame in order to find heaven, which has in turn been surrounded with a wall of fire and guards wielding flaming swords, closing the gates of the heaven to the unclean and unenlightened. Flame can be divided into two closely related aspects: light and heat, depicted, respectfully, as straight and wavy lines. Light and heat can represent intellect and emotion, the burst of lightning in the sky, the warm of a home; fire that is either comforting, or imposing respectful fear. The starting of a fire can be compared to birth, resurrection, and in primitive cultures – sexual resolution. Fire and wind are acts of volcanic Gods. The acts begin with fire and end with fire (Bishrun). In Buddhism, fire is the embodiment of wisdom, meant to destroy ignorance. The Chinese see fire as the presence of higher powers. In Christianity, fire represents religious fervor and martyrdom. Flaming tongues represent the descent of the Holy Spirit, the voice of God, godly revelations; the emblem of the holy Anton Paduanski. The Egyptians connect fire to Totom as inspiration. In the Greek-Roman culture, fire was an attribute of all volcanic gods, gods of thunder, such as Hephaestus, representing the strength of earthly fires. Further, fire is the emblem of the goddess Hestia, connecting to Mercury as inspiration. For the Jews fire is God’s revelation and His voice. The Lord is an engulfing flame. To the Hindus – fire is transcendent light and knowledge, life energy and wisdom. Fire is also associated with the powers of destruction, freedom and restoration, for those obedient to Shiva. The column of fire of the god Agni is the axis of the earth. As fire, Agni is tied to the creative force of lightning, bringing rain, as well as to fire that warms a home. He is also associated with law and order.