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I am in possession of this mysterious painting with Hebrew characters, but I do not know what words mean. I suspect that they may provide a clue to what is being represented in each of the painted panels, which I cannot figure out on my own.

One of my friends mentioned that the one in the lower left is "charity", but was unable to answer the rest of the painting.

What is the meaning of this painting?

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the lower left does not read any Hebrew word for charity that I know. In fact, the various letters don't seem to spell any relevant words as far as I can tell. – Danno May 6 '13 at 1:01
The sheep is saying "baa". I can't even tell what the top rightmost letter is supposed to be. I would guess that this was not written by one familiar with Hebrew – yoel May 6 '13 at 1:08
What does this have to do with Judaism? – Double AA May 6 '13 at 1:09
@double aa, presumably zzatkin was led to believe that this is a piece of Jewish-themed art, and he came here to find out what the "Hebrew text" says, and thereby what the art represents. – Seth J May 6 '13 at 1:15
Other than the sheep, these are all basically random letters, and many of them are not written correctly, so it's hard to even tell what the letter is, never mind spelling words. – Ariel May 6 '13 at 1:45
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OK, I may have enough of an idea to offer an answer.

  • I think the panel in the upper right is supposed to say כינור שפילט, like "harpist" or something in Yiddish.
  • The upper middle seems to say something about a harp.
  • The upper left says מאנדלן, Yiddish for almonds.
  • I think the lower right might be א ליד, "a song."
  • The lower middle says "baa..."
  • I don't know what the lower left says.
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The only thing I can think of for the bottom left is a misspelling of "טרונק". Seems to fit with the picture as well. – HodofHod May 6 '13 at 16:33
I think the top right panel says "kinor shpielt" - he plays the harp. – user4523 Jan 28 '14 at 15:09

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