There is a stack of etchings in frames leaning against the wall behind the lower row of clothes in my closet. Shekinah was lying on her side where she had fallen over. I had almost forgotten where she was. The color here is not accurate. Really, it’s a poor representation of the work. If I recall correctly, this is an artist’s print. Modern artist’s prints are either numbered or have the designation A/P (artist’s print). I would not have bought an unnumbered print, but I would very much have liked an artist’s print. I think the artist is from Israel. He has long since disappeared. He exhibited his etchings on a beautiful website done in black background and sleek and mysterious colors…long before I ever saw it done on any website. He exhibited wonderful etchings of prophets and fanciful dreams and other subjects, but Pax struck me for some reason. He exhibited nothing else like her. I just felt he had some emotional/spiritual reason for etching this woman. I bought it. The information must surely be somewhere among my papers. When I researched Pax Profunda, I found an explanation in Portuguese. Translated to English, excerpts read:
No one can doubt that the holy grail of peace, Pax deep, is a distant goal for us all. Written and reviewed by spiritual thinkers through the ages in prose and verse is beautifully described in the following terms, ‘There is a peace that surpasses understanding, it remains in the hearts of those who live in the Eternal’.
I am asking Shimonz for an explanation of Shekinah. I have read a little about it, but I fear to desecrate the word in any attempt to describe its ages old significance and meaning. Shimon is a Hebrew scholar. I would be very excited to hear his explanation. And grateful.
Somehow, I knew, without knowing, these things about the etching. I don’t believe the artist was being blasphemous in his title for it. I did not feel that even after I discovered the explanations for the words. A guess told me the essence of Pax Profunda must surely be profound peace. I was right.