Spot The Litvak

As soon as I saw these “Spot the…” games becoming popular I knew I had to do this smile emoticon

How long did it take you? (No cheating and zooming allowed)

spot the litvak copyI’ve been “that guy” by more than one Tish (or Hasidic gathering) btw. Super fun. For those who are unfamiliar: “Litvak” refers to Jews from Lithuanian (or nearby) descent. They often have different traditional dress than Hasidic tradition. A Litvak man might be clean shaven with a down brim hat and tie, while someone from Hasidic tradition might wear a fur hat called a “shtreimel.” Ultimately, we are all Jews regardless of our dress or tradition. But it is fun to laugh at ourselves and our “differences” once in a while.

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New Purim cover for Spotlight magazine Watch Mordechai and Esther turn over into Haman and Zeresh

Designing and painting this cover was lots of fun. Flip over the picture and Mordechai and Esther turn into some other well known characters for a Purim surprise. Show your kids, share with others and enjoy:Mordechai and Esther Purim Spotlight cover turnover  pictureHaman and Zeresh Purim Spotlight cover  turnover picture

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Animated Alter of Slabodka Painting

What would it be like to meet R’ Nosson Zvi (Nota Hirsh) Finkel Ztz’l – known as the Alter of Slabodka? Perhaps this animated painting can give us a feeling.

This animated Gif is based on a digital painting of the Alter by yours truly. Available for purchase in high-res for print on canvas.  Contact for more info. Put the word “alter” in the subject line:


The Alter of Slobodka Painting detail

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Mishpacha Magazine YJ Studios Interview

I am grateful to Mishpacha Magazine, and to writer/interview Mrs. Rachel Bachrach in particular, for this interview about my illustration studio. It was fun, and hopefully informative for those wishing to know more about the illustration profession. Mrs. Bachrach did an outstanding job of asking the right questions and reformulating my answers into a professional easy to read article. I am especially grateful that they kept in (a good chunk) of the jokes.

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