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Aleph

Fractal Aleph

I was thinking of the diagonal Wow (or Vav) of the Aleph as the Tree of Life because Vav is the letter that unites - and that is the nature of Life - uniting parts and forming greater wholes.  So I got the idea to make an Aleph out of three Vavs (Wows) instead of two Yods and a Vav.  The gematria of the letter Vav is six.  Three times six is eighteen - the gematria of חי (Chai) - the Hebrew word for 'alive'. 

Aleph - Two Hands Playing

This Aleph painting with two Hands (Yads) instead of Yods looks like two hands playing a stringed instrument or a flute.  Aleph represents the Interplay of opposites - a Hand that Gives and and Hand that Receives - associated with the Five Chasadim (Loves) and the Five Gevurot (Strengths) thus the different colored 'fingernails'.

2010
Acrylic on paper
60 x 50 cm

The Power of Aleph

Traditionally, the letter Aleph in a Torah scroll is made up of two Yods and a Vav (or Wow).  The Name of the letter Yod יוד is very similar to the word Yad יד (hand).  The Aleph in this picture is made up of two Yads and a Vav.

Aleph - Five And Five

Here is another Aleph painting with Hands (Yads) instead of Yods.  Five and Five equals Ten like the Ten Sefirot - Five Loves (Chasadim) and Five Strengths (Gevurot).  Also like the two Hehs in the Holy Name which each are gematria Five.  The diagonal Vav (or Wow between them) is the Letter of Truth according to the Zohar because it means 'and'.  It is the letter that connects the two 'Fives' and makes 'Ten' - a straight numeral One and a round Zero.

2010
Acrylic on paper
36 x 32 cm

Aleph - Hands #1


The is the first of a series of Aleph paintings I made recently with the two Yods of the Aleph as two hands emerging close to the two ends of the diagonal Wow (or Vav).  Yod is kabbalistically associated with the Hebrew word for hand - Yad.  The gematria of Yod is ten like the ten fingers of the two hands (Yad and Yad).  A Yod is also related to a point (a Vav is a line that connects two points), so I included a point for each Yod/Yad.

2010
Acrylic on paper
60 x 50 cm

Explosive Aleph

This is the first Aleph painting where I changed the position of the two Yods that extend from the diagonal Wow (Vav).   This more expansive Aleph is explosively emanating many oval shapes from itself - like the Infinite One energetically emanates all Creation from Its Singular Undivided Self.

2010
Acrylic on paper
60 x 50 cm

Aleph - Tree of Life

I started to make Aleph paintings where its two Yods extend more from the ends of the diagonal Vav (or Wow) instead of from its middle (as I had done in earlier Alephs).  This is one example.  Here, instead of two Yods there are two birds (or flowers).  The birds are each comprised of ten parts for the Ten Sefirot, associated with the Tree of Life.

2010
Acrylic on paper
60 x 50 cm

Aleph Energy

One of the many thing Aleph represents is Ohr אור (Light).  Do you see the letter Aleph א here in this field of wave patterns?  It is a little hard to see. 

The more one stares at this picture the more it moves and undulates.  I find this mesmerizing and a bit unsettling, almost like entering into an altered state of consciousness. 

2009
Acrylic on paper
60 x 50 cm

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Infinite Eight / Aleph #3

Numbers are an important part of the Kabbalah.  Seven is used to represent time and space.  This can be seen in my pictures ‘The Seven Days of Creation’ and ‘The Holy Palace’.  Eight represents beyond time and space - the realm of the Infinite and the Eternal - the realm of miracles and the supernatural.  (See the explanation of my picture The Infinite Eight and the Infinite Aleph).



2008
Acrylic on paper
60 x 50 cm