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Mem

Mems

This painting is formed by many Mems, the letter that represents Water according to the Kabbalah. 

Mem has two forms - one at the beginning and middle of words מ; and the final Mem ם only used when it is the last letter in a word.  This picture uses both forms. 

In fact, the name of this Letter in Hebrew - מם - is comprised of both forms, and can be seen in the center of this painting.

2008
Acrylic on paper
36 x 32 cm

Primary Sounds (version 1)


In this picture you can see the Three Mother Letters of Sefer Yetzirah:

See the large Hebrew letter Aleph א?

Now look at the yellow diagonal line.  It can be seen as the Hebrew letter Vav pronounced Wow.  It can also be seen as the numeral One.  The Wow of this Aleph balances and united the red Shin ש the blue final Mem ם. 

Primary Letters

The Sefer Yetzirah teaches that of the Twenty-two Hebrew letters, three are primary. 
These are the Three Mother Letters - Aleph א, Mem מ and Shin ש.

Shin ש is in the triangle in the lighter red.    The sound of Shin is an outward, chaotic, hissing sound.   Shin is a vertically oriented letter that is open upward - like Fire that rises to the Heavens.  Our orientation to the Heavens is vertical.
 

Primary Sounds (version 2)

 
This picture can used as a focus for meditation.  Sit comfortably and become aware of your chest rising and falling with your breath.  Now breathe in through your nose down into your belly with your lips closed.  This is the humming sound of the blue letter Mem in the lower part of this picture.