Hello does anyone know of anyone I could contact or where I could look with regard to an explanation of the painting on the front of the Aryeh Kaplan Reader by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan himself?

Aryeh Kaplan Reader Cover

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    Rabbi Kaplan passed away years ago; maybe try the publisher.
    – Shalom
    Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 13:37
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    Welcome to MiYodeya B First. Great to have you learn with us!
    – mbloch
    Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 14:10
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    His widow (Yocheved?) might have some information; I believe she resides in Brooklyn.
    – Oliver
    Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 16:24
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    Or his nine children@Oliver
    – Dr. Shmuel
    Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 18:10

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Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan was among many things a painter. He mentioned this in his book Jewish Meditation (p. 29):

I also remember a period during which I was painting. I had just learned how to use acrylics and had found that I could produce a fairly decent piece of work. Whenever I got involved in a painting, it seemed that I was also "locked on" to the project; I would find it extremely difficult to leave it. Again, I was able to create paintings that we surprising even to me. It appeared that when I was creating, I as going into a higher state of consciousness. Subjectively, I did not simply feel a sense of great awareness or alertness; rather I felt as if I were thinking in an entirely different mode.

This article mentions:

His dining room was adorned with a series of bizarre oil paintings. At some point, with no training as an artist, Kaplan decided to refrain from study for a year and devote himself to painting. After the year he stopped and never painted again. Those paintings were the product of his experiment.

See Yated Ne'eman, January 25, 2013, p. 55:

Not only was he a genius, posits Rabbi Mendelson, he was multitalented and multi-faceted. He was an expert artist who painted his own original masterpieces, and retouched the ancient paintings displayed on the jacket-covers of “The Torah Anthology.” He was an expert ceramist, carpenter and stone-designer, and he was an expert biologist and botanist.

At the thirtieth anniversary of his passing, his son started a Facebook page in order to raise money and the like to fund a Sefer Torah in his memory.

On that Facebook page he also posted different pictures and paintings from his father. Here is the post of the [seemingly] original copy of that painting.

(It’s no longer an active Facebook page, as far as I can tell)

  • Wow. So not the answer I was expecting!
    – user6591
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 20:00

Can someone please help me with my fathers works. Rabbi aryeh kaplan Yes I have the original painting .I have all of them . My mother passed away 2 months ago after a bad fire in her home. Yes my fathers manuscripts are mostly saved. [email protected]

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