Said the Karliner RebbeA Jew should be like the ladder of Jacob, with his head in Heaven and his feet firmly planted on the ground. In other words, a Jew should study Torah and think of spiritual things while taking care of his livelihood, business and family, etc. here and now in this world. This painting is included in a collection of illustrated Chassidic stories by the artist, to be published soon.
Note there is a little rip in the upper half of the canvas due to an accident in a gallery. It is nearly invisible, but it s there.