This picture is presently has been chosen by US Ambassador David Friedman to be on display in his new office at the brand-new US Embassy in Jerusalem. It is an Original Huvy Oil work, with Dimensions of 2M x 1.40M.
Biblical background to picture:
The Spies sent by Moses to spy on the land of Canaan return carrying a huge cluster of grapes, a pomegranate and a fig, to report on a lush and bountiful land. However, ten out of twelve of the spies warn that the inhabitants of the land are giants and warriors “more powerful than we”; only Caleb and Joshua insist that the land can be conquered, as G‑d has commanded. The respondent camp of Israel breaks out into a massive state of Weepers—and subsequently must deal with the wrath of the L-rd.
Description of Huvy’s Painting:
Huvy’s artwork depicts the return of the spies with the various fruits in their hands—except of course—Caleb and Joshua—who returned empty handed.
The picture also illustrates the Camp of Israel in the background—as the spies descend towards the camp.
The picture leaves us wondering in what light will the spies verbally paint the Land of Israel—and what will be the repercussions of their report. One cannot help but wonder how would we have reported in their stead? More importantly—what can we do today—to rectify their sin?