Living with the Parsha
לחיות עם פרשת השבועה

The Torah is divided
into 53 Parshas or portions,
which are read
in the synagogue
on the sabbath
during the year.
Chassidus teaches us to
"Live Each Week
with the Parsha":
to find relevance and advice
from the weekly Torah reading
our individual life adventure.
The following images
selected from photos
of some of
my abstract illusionist paintings
and videoart
"converted" גיור כהלכה
and given
new Judaic titles and contexts

are a kind of work-in-progress
for a future book or catalogue
(if funding is found)
which will attempt to envision
all the Parshas
as well as sections
from Sefer Yetzira
and the Jewish Holidays 

  to act as a
visual stimulus
and springboard to meditation
and further study.

Link to page with list
of all of the 53 Parshas

The following are direct links
to each of
The Five Books of the Torah

1. Genesis - בראשית

2. Exodus - שמות

3. Leviticus - ויקרא

4. Numbers - במדבר

5. Deuteronomy - דברים

Parshas Bereishis (Genesis)

1. Conceiving the Universe -
The Big Bang


acrylics on canvas 30" x 30"  (76 x 76 cm)

One interpretation of the
Beginning of the Creation

is the Big Bang,
which is described in

mystical writings
as the unification of the male

and female aspects
of the Holy Names or

Chachma (Wisdom)
and Bina (Understanding)

to create the "embryo"
that developed into the worlds.


Viewing the painting
with anaglyphic glasses
or the gif image above
reveals the masculine/feminine


airbrush/acrylic on canvas
30” x 40”  (76 x 102 cm) 

The second is the teaching
from the Ba'al Shem Tov
(the Besht)
that the world
was created
ex nihilo
by the Hebrew letters
and words of the
Ten Divine Utterances
in the first chapter
of Genesis and in particular
the first word Bereishis בראשית
which is the subject
of the entire book
of the Tikunei Zohar.

There various combinations
of the letters of the word

are examined and explicated
and one of them
can be read
Barah Shis 
ברא שית

He created Six (or Foundation)

and is the source of inspiration
for the work below


acrylics on canvas 33" x 33"  (84 x 84 cm)

Each of the
22 Hebrew Scribal Letters

is a specific modality
through which

the spiritual influx
enters reality and their

written "form" hints
as to how they appear

in their Source above
as celestial energies:
"Black Fire on White Fire".
This is suggested
in my videoart below

The Sacred Letters



The Besht's teaching that
Everything is Energy
precedes Einstein
by about 200 years!


The Birth of Eve


mixed materials on canvas 40" x 30" (102 x 76 cm)

Eve was created
from Adam’s rib - צלה
which also can mean
in Hebrew - Shadow.
How a man views
the opposite sex 
is a "shadow"
of his own self-esteem.

Eve and the Serpent


mixed materials on canvas40" x 30" (102 x 76 cm)

The confrontation of
Eve and the Serpent
is one of the most mysterious
"stories" of the Bible 
and has invited
many profound studies.
The serpent נחש
has the same gematria (358)
as the Moshiach (Messiah) משיח
who will come to rectify
this mundane world,
which is called by the Kabbalah,
the "Skin of the Serpent"
 משכא דחויא
by penetrating its filter/skin
obscuring the Light Beyond

thus releasing
all of its holy sparks
and trapped energies.


acrylics on canvas  33" x 33"  (84 x 84 cm)





Parshat Noach - נח

The Waters of the Flood - המבול

elongation #7

acrylics on canvas
10" x 26" (26 x 66 cm)

The waters of the Flood

are called מים רבים

our being overwhelmed and

confused מְבֻלְבָּל

by troubles in life, particularly

parnasah, making a livelihood.

We can be saved by

entering into the Ark : התיבה

which in Hebrew means

also the Word,

the words of Prayer and Torah.

The Vortex of No Return מַעְיְנֹת תְּהוֹם


acrylics on canvas
37" x 37"  (94 x 94 cm)

The waters of the Flood
also contained boiling hot springs
from the Fountains of the Abyss
מַעְיְנֹת תְּהוֹם
from which no one could escape:
Recent geological research now reveals
that 700 kilometers deep underground
is a HUGE reservoir of water that is three
times the volume of all the oceans!
If this were to erupt out it would cover
even the highest mountain tops.
Except that the Almighty has promised us
that there will not be another Flood.
Amazingly the Zohar teaches
that 5000 years after
the Flood
in the Jewish year 5600 (1840 CE),

which coincides
with the Industrial Revolution

there will begin again
a bursting forth of the Wellsprings,
explained as
the revelations
of science and technology

to prepare the world
Moshiach - Messiah.


Parshat Lech-Lecha - לך לך

Going Away and Coming Inward


In this Parsha (Genesis 12:1),
God is commanding Abraham
with the unique phrase
לֶךְ לְךָ
repeating two words
with the same letters
but with different
vowels and meanings.
The first lech
is a verb command: Go!
The second lecha
is a preposition often
translated as "away from"
but more
accurate may be
into yourself"
Actually both are correct,
when you totally leave
your "comfort zone"
of acquired habits
and materialism
you can then enter
into your true self:
your inner soul
and the spiritual dimension.
This transformation
I compare
to what astronomers
describe as
the experience
of the Black Hole
and "singularity"
being reduced to nothingness
by the enormous force
of (God's) Gravity.
Passing through
this Black Hole
we will see that
the "other side" is really
"The Land which I will show you"

אֶל הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַרְאֶךָּ

This idea I have tried
to render in an adaptation
of above painting
acrylics on canvas 94 x 94 cm
in video art on YouTube:



The three words
after the phrase 
לֶךְ לְךָ
מֵאַרְצְךָ וּמִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ וּמִבֵּית אָבִיךָ
"from your country
and from your birthplace
and from your father's house"
can refer to "going away" from
from our different mindsets
or various modern "ologies",
such as
מֵאַרְצְךָ your country = politicalogy
מִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ your birthplace = sociology
מִבֵּית אָבִיךָ
your father's house = psychology

Abraham's Frightening Prophecy

Abraham's Vision

mixed materials on canvas
40" x 50" (102 x 127 cm)

The Patriarch Abraham
was ordered to pass through
a set of animal carcasses

(Genesis 15: 7-15)
to receive the frightening
prophesy of the Exile,
not only to Egypt,
but for all the exiles
(including the Holocaust)
that his descendants would suffer.

Parshat Vayeira -  וַיֵּרָא

The Three Angels Visiting Abraham

3 angels

mixed materials on canvas
40" x 30" (102 x 76 cm)

וַיִּשָּׂא עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא

וְהִנֵּה שְׁלֹשָׁה אֲנָשִׁים נִצָּבִים עָלָיו

He looked up and saw -
behold three angels

(in the form of men)
standing in front of him.
(Genesis 18:2)

The three Angels were sent

to perform specific missions

according to their characteristics

in the Divine Chariot,

as envisioned by my deceased wife:

Yael Avi-Yonah OBM.

Michael - מיכאל -

the Angel of Chesed or Kindness

announced the future birth of Isaac

Gavriel - גבריאל -

the Angel of Gevura or Severity

was sent to destroy

Sodom and Amorah

Raphael - רפאל

the Angel of Healing

  cured Abraham from
the pain of the circumcision
and also to assist
Lot and his family to flee

What is missing is the
Fourth Angel of the Chariot,
Uriel - אוריאל - the Angel of Mercy

אוריאל = 248 = אברהם

Uriel has the same gematria
as Abraham!

And we can see
the investment
of this Angel

in Abraham's pleading
to avert the destruction

of the evil cities.


Lot as a Joker in Sodom


mixed materials on canvas
24" x 18" (61 x 46 cm)

Lot tried to persuade his two
scoffing Sodomite sons-in-law
to flee with him yo avert
 the impending destruction

but they looked upon him
as a joker/comedian.
(Genesis 19:14)

A common "reality denial"
of the wicked.

The Akada and the Messianic Shofar

mixed materials on canvas
  23" x 37 1/2" (60 x 95 cm)

The ram that was sacrificed
in place of Isaac was

a special creature
at the time of Creation.

From it was made
one horn or shofar
that was heard
at Mount Sinai.
The second horn will be heard

at the advent of the Messiah.



Parshat Chayei Sarah - חיי שרה

The Passing Away of Sarah:
and the Resurrection


triptych - acrylics on canvas
26" x 62"  (66 x 158 cm)

Why Abraham did not
mourn greatly
the passing away of Sarah
can perhaps be explained
by the phrase
in Psalms 115:17 -
"The dead can not praise You
nor can those who
descend into Duma
(the Silence of the Grave)".
The Grave הקבר is likened
in the Talmud
to the uterus of the woman.
In the process of procreation
the man "dies"
but his seed
after nine months
is Resurrected
with the birth of a child
and a new generation.


Ma-arat HaMachpelah
מערת המכפלה

The letter HAI ה  Doubled



The burial place for Sarah
chosen by Abraham
(Genesis 28:9)
is called
Ma-arat HaMachpelah
מְעָרַת הַמַּכְפֵּלָה
which can mean a cave
with a double entrance
(two levels one
on top of the other)
or a cave containing "pairs":

  referring to the
Holy Pairs - זוגות
Adam and Eve,
Abraham and Sarah,
Isaac and Rebecca,
Jacob and Leah
who are (to be) buried there.

can also be read
- ה
Doubling the Hebrew letter
HAI - ה
  and refers
to the two
HAI letters
in the Holy Name of God.

The form of the
indicates expansion
into the three dimensions
 height, length,and depth.
The disconnected leg of the
on the left
as if on a different plane

represents depth
and the turned-around

YOD suggests 
In order for the soul
to experience 

and be impregnated
with divinity,

it has to assume
of a sacred space,
so that a sentient being
can integrate it
into his own consciousness.


Making Your Wife Happy


וְהִנֵּה יִצְחָק מְצַחֵק אֵת רִבְקָה אִשְׁתּוֹ
And behold! Yitzchok is "jesting"
with Rifka, his wife

(Genesis 26: 18)
Yitzchok (Isaac)
and Rifka (Rebecca)
are the first officially
married couple
in the Torah
and the above phrase
is an important teaching

about the duty
of a man to his wife:

namely to make her happy
by all means possible.

including jest and play.
That the word "Rifka"
precedes "his wife"

indicates a necessary sensitivity
to the
needs and personality
of the woman

beyond her being a sexual object.

More information at Link


Parshat Toldot -

Yakov (Jacob) and Eisav (Esau)


mixed materials on canvas
40" x 40" (102 x 102 cm)

The conflict between

Yakov (Jacob)

and Eisav (Esau)

as a metaphor for the struggle

 within our own brain

the good and evil inclinations.

Another way of
understanding the conflict:

Yakov or
(as he is later called)
Yisroel (Israel)

is the earnest yeshiva boy
who would like

only to sit and learn
in the Tents of Torah study

separated from material reality.

וְיַעֲקֹב אִישׁ תָּם יֹשֵׁב אֹהָלִים

Eisav is the

"potential" Baal Tsuvah who fails

his mission
to elevate his great energies

and falls into the depths of evil.

To correct this
Yakov has to change his

character and learn to deal with

the duplicity of the world

the external trappings of Eisav,

but retaining
his inner spiritual voice:

הַקֹּל קוֹל יַעֲקֹב וְהַיָּדַיִם יְדֵי עֵשָׂו

The voice is the voice of Yakov

but the hands are
the hands of Eisav

(Genesis 27:22)


The Liver versus the Heart


diptych -airbrushed acrylics on canvas

18" x 36" (46 x 92 cm)

The Zohar describes
the conflict of the brothers in a

surprisingly anatomical context.
Eisav from birth ruddy אַדְמוֹנִי
is the Liver - both being
The Tribe of Eisav is
אֱדוֹם (the color red)
who thus associates
with the red lentils
for which he sold his birthright
הַלְעִיטֵנִי נָא מִן-הָאָדֹם הָאָדֹם הַזֶּה
"Stuff that red stuff
down my throat!"
and bloodshed
שְׁפִיכוּת דָּמִים.
His planet is of course
the red colored Mars

The Liver
(originating as the placenta)

can be considered the "first born"
in the development of the embryo,
its job and function being to filter
the bad blood and nutrients.

Yakov is the Heart
the essential organ
which distributes

the good blood
throughout the body
including the Brain.
Although the Liver is a much larger
organ (in size) than the Heart
it must work in tandem
and accept the "leadership"
of the smaller Heart,
according to the prophecy
at the beginning of the Parsha
(Gen 25:23):
וְרַב יַעֲבֹד צָעִיר
The Elder (or the larger)
will serve
the Younger (or smaller)

If Eisav as the Liver
refuses to accept this
then the body
and the world
can not survive.

This finds correlation
in the
gematriot of the Hebrew words

for Liver כָּבֵד
and Heart לֵב
כבד = 26
(which is also the gematria for
the name of God)
לב = 32
Together (58)
 חֵן Harmony or Grace.


Parshat VaYeizei
- ויצא

Jacob's Ladder - סֻלָּם יַעֲקֹב


mixed materials on canvas
30" x 40" (76 x 102 cm)

 וַיַּחֲלֹם וְהִנֵּה סֻלָּם מֻצָּב אַרְצָה
 וְרֹאשׁוֹ מַגִּיעַ הַשָּׁמָיְמָה
וְהִנֵּה מַלְאֲכֵי אֱלֹהִים עֹלִים וְיֹרְדִים בּוֹ.

And he dreamed
and behold a ladder
set up on the earth,
and the top of it
reached to heaven
and behold the angels of God
ascending and descending on it.

(Genesis 28:12)

The fabulous ladder dream
of Yakov (Jacob)

is a paradigm
for the act of prayer.

At every rung
we are accompanied 

and tested by angels
whose wings carry our words 
and aspirations
to the Higher Chambers. 


Kabbalah Genetics

One of the strangest episodes
in the Parsha

is Yakov's "genetic manipulation"
of the phenotypes of his flocks to
counter the trickery
and deceit of Lavan,
who represents the
לובן העליון 
the Supernal Whiteness
 that transcends
all "color" and classification
and because
it is beyond classification,
it bridges opposites
and can transform
everything into its very extreme,
for good and for evil.
Yakov here
by 3500 years
the research
of Gregor Mendel,

the father of modern genetics!
He is even helped
by a prophetic dream:

וָאֵרֶא בַּחֲלוֹם
וְהִנֵּה הָעַתֻּדִים הָעֹלִים עַל הַצֹּאן

 עֲקֻדִּים נְקֻדִּים וּבְרֻדִּים

"I see in a dream
and behold all the males
mounting the flocks were
with markings that were
"ringed" or "spotted"
or "striated".  
(Genesis 31:10)

According to the Kabbalah
these "markings"
represent three stages
in the contraction
of God's Infinity
from Adam Kadmon to
the world of Atzilus Emanation.

עֲקֻדִּים  Ringed

airbrushed acrylics on canvas
30" x 30"  (76 x 76 cm)

In this stage all the spiritual energies
that would later evolve into discrete
sephirot or lights are
in one "glob" all bound together.

נְקֻדִּים Spotted


polymer emulsions on canvas

27 1/2" x 19 1/2" (70 x 50 cm)

From the primordial glob
emerge discrete sephirot or lights,

each as separate entities
and unwilling
to connect with each other,
described as the World of Tohu
and ultimately become shattered
in what is called the
Shattering of the Vessels
שבירת הכלים

בְרֻדִּים Striated


acrylics, painted rings & marbles on canvas, 

27 1/2" x 38" (70 x 97 cm)

In this designation the sephirot
are connected with each other
by striations and links
  to form a holy Parzuf or Face,
allowing for
inclusion and interaction,
which is the classic Etz Hayim mode
and what perhaps quantum physics
would describe as "entangling".

Only Yakov has the ability
to bring down
the sublime energies
hidden within
Lavan - the Supernal Whiteness
and the Ringed level עֲקֻדִּים
because he is associated  with
Tiferet תפארת the integration of
Hesed (Abraham)
and Gevurah (Yitzhak)
which is quality of Truth אמת
תִּתֵּן אֱמֶת לְיַעֲקֹב

"Render Truth to Yakov"
(Micah 7:20)

VAV the Letter of Truth

Of all the Hebrew letters only
the Letter VAV
 ו is called the
  the Letter of Truth אות האמת
because of its ability
to descend and break through
to the lower realities
as suggested
in my video art below:



It is thus significant
that the name Yakov יַעֲקֹב
is written with a VAV
in only one phrase in the Torah
וְזָכַרְתִּי אֶת בְּרִיתִי יַעֲקוֹב
Then I will remember
my covenant with Yakov
(Leviticus 26:42)
Coming after
the terrible curses
which will afflict us
if we go contrary to God,
suggesting that the
Truth of Yakov will prevail
and save us.

Parshat VaYishlach - וישלח

Jacob Wrestling With The Angel


mixed materials on canvas
40" x 40" (102 x 102 cm)

When Yakov (Jacob)
crossed the Yabok River,
which has
deep mystical implications.
he encountered
the Angel of Eisav (Esau),
with whom he wrestled
the entire night of the symbolic
Galut גלות
and mundane consciousness.
At the redeeming “Dawn” גאולה
the Angel conceded
the battle and from then on
Jacob was called Israel ישראל
which can be read in Hebrew,
ישר א-ל Direct to G-d
 the highest spiritual connection.

(Genesis 32:26)


Solace in Sorrow: The Birth of Benjamin


וַיְהִי בְּצֵאת נַפְשָׁהּ כִּי מֵתָה
 וַתִּקְרָא שְׁמוֹ בֶּן אוֹנִי
וְאָבִיו קָרָא לוֹ בִנְיָמִין

And then as her soul
was departing,
for she was dying,

she named him Ben-Onee
(son of my sorrow)
but his father
named him Ben-Yamin,
which could refer to his being
the only son born in the South
(the land of Canaan - Israel)
or the son born in the "days"
of his old age.

This Parsha is always read
during the month of Kislev
whose emanating Tribe
according to Sefer Yetzira
is Benjamin.

Afterwards Yakov (Jacob)
set up a monument
at her grave
by the roadside
in Bethlehem
and continued
on his journey, which
is an important instruction
on our mourning process -
life's journey must continue.
(Genesis 35:16)

As he later
confessed to Joseph,
Yakov regreted
that Rachel would not
be buried in the
Kever Hamachpela,
but was driven
by a prophetic vision
that Rachel's tomb
would be a source
of comfort and solace
for the Israelites
passing it on the way
to Babylonian Exile and
the promise for their Return.

וְיֵשׁ תִּקְוָה לְאַחֲרִיתֵךְ
וְשָׁבוּ בָנִים לִגְבוּלָם

There is hope
in your final destiny
and the sons will return
to their borders
(Jeremiah 31:16)


Parshat VaYeishev - וישב 


airbrushed acrylics on canvas
40" x 30" (102 x 76 cm)

Inspired by Edvard Munch's The Scream

ָוַיַּשְׁלִכוּ אֹתוֹ הַבֹּרָה
וְהַבּוֹר רֵק אֵין בּוֹ מָיִם

They (the brothers)
threw him (Joseph)
into the Pit
and the pit was
empty without water.

The Rabbis teach us that
  although the pit
was "without water"
it was not completely empty
but contained
snakes and scorpions.

The Pit can seen
as a metaphor
for our thinking process
and if the input is without the
waters of Torah
and the spiritual
it will never be empty and thus
susceptible to the negativism
of the Extraneous Forces.


Joseph & Potiphera's Wife


mixed materials on canvas 40" x 40" (102 x 102 cm)

Joseph (a small thumb
like figure with

beret in bottom middle)


was tempted
Potiphera’s wife Zuleika

(depicted as a
giant cobra on top),

 but resisted
when he saw a telepathic vision

of his saintly father -
Yitzchak (Isaac)

(small apparition on middle left).


We also can be helped
against our temptations
by having visually accessible
a photograph or painting
of a holy rabbi, such as the
 portraits of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
by my deceased wife,
 Yael Avi-Yonah OBM



Freehand acrylic on canvas : 31 1/2" x 27"  (80 x 69 cm)
Quality poster :14 1/2" x 12 1/2 (37 x 32 cm)

Parshat Mikeitz - מקץ

Efraiyim and Menasheh

airbrush / acrylic on canvas
diptych 16” x 32” (40 x 80 cm)

And Joseph called
the name of the first-born

Menasheh - מנשה
כִּי נַשַּׁנִי אֱלֹהִים אֶת כָּל עֲמָלִי
וְאֵת כָּל-בֵּית אָבִי

'For G-d has made me
all my toil and
all my father's house.'

(Genesis 41:52)

The letters מנשה Menasheh
can be rearranged
to spell נשמה Soul
and as such represents
the Divine Soul in man.
Menasheh suggests the
power of the
Tzadik (Joseph)
to make us forget
the hardships, trials and
tribulations of this world,
with the anticipation
of the joyous
coming of Moshiach.

Menasheh became
the designated Tribe
for the month of Mar-Chesvan
according to Sefer Yetzira

And the name of the second

he called Efraiyim - אפרים
 כִּי-הִפְרַנִי אֱלֹהִים בְּאֶרֶץ עָנְיִי
For G-d has made me
fruitful הִפְרַנִי
in the land of my affliction.
(Genesis 41:53)

Being "fruitful" is the power
to procreate in marital union.
This derives from God's
first commandment to Adam
on the day of his creation,
the first of Tishrei.

Being fruitful can also apply
to any creative activity
where we bring
into world "children" -
new visions
and spiritual energies,
actualizing potentials
that have been blocked.

Efraiyim became
the designated Tribe
for the month of Tishrei
according to Sefer Yetzira:


Parshat Vayigash - ויגש

Judah Confronts Joseph


acrylics on canvas  33" x 33"  (84 x 84 cm)

We learn from
Judah's extreme efforts
to save his brother Benjamin
our requirement
as healers and teachers
to rescue our brothers
who are being held "captive"
by the Viceroy of Pharoah
the mind-trap of the
 constricted consciousness
of Mitzraim.


Joseph vs Judah
and the Future Monarchy


In this Parsha,
Joseph the Viceroy
is the ruling presence
and Judah is the suppliant
but his rule is only temporary.
When the kingdom of Israel
will be established
with the reign of David
the relation will be reversed.


Joseph and the Mishkan

Joseph is associated
with the Mishkan or Tabernacle,
also a temporary
and transient structure
which was a template for the
Chain of Hierarchy in Nature,
השתלשלות -

here ascending
from the
the inanimate  
(such as the earth
and metal spikes)
to the vegetable הצומח
(the wooden boards
that made up the walls)
to the animal החי
(the skins and wool
that covered the top).

The dominant feature
of the Mishkan
were the massive
cedar boards
which surrounded it,
which relates to the upright
Zaddik or Righteous One
sharing with
the perennial trees
the quality of
continuous growth.

צַדִּיק כַּתָּמָר יִפְרָח
כְּאֶרֶז בַּלְּבָנוֹן יִשְׂגֶּה

The righteous shall flourish
like the palm-tree
he shall grow like
a cedar in Lebanon.

(Psalms 92: 13)


Judah & the Bait HaMikdash


Offset lithograph 240 gram 'Finland' paper
Image size 17 
1/2" x 23 1/4" (45 x 59 cm)

the Bait HaMikdash
or Temple
associated with King David
and his descendants
designed to be
a permanent structure
and made almost entirely
of Stone - the inanimate.
This symbolizes
the desire of God to have
a "dwelling place"
in the lowest levels
דירה בתחתונים
and reveal there
his Divine Presence.

The "Stone" can also
be assigned to the

lowest level of the society

  amongst the common,
uneducated people

who the Baal ShemTov
to contain
outstanding faith in God,
even higher that those who
regarded themselves
(or were regarded by others)
as a complete Zaddik
or Righteous One.

This can explain why
to the descendants of

Judah as the Baal Tsuvah
(The Repenter)

were eventually
bestowed the Monarchy
Joseph the Zaddik:

במקום שבעלי תשובה עומדין
צדיקים גמורים אינם עומדין

The "place"
where Repenters reach

the completely Righteous
can not stand.

This is because
they can bring into
the world
a New Light higher
than the natural Hierarchy,
their sins into merits.

Revealing the power
of the Stone
can also describe
the transformation
of the status of women
who were likened
in the pre-chassidic era
to a group without
an identity and voice,
certainly not to learn Torah
and be educated
and in our period
have now become
our moral impetus
and spiritual compass,
so much so that,
as the Rebbe proclaimed,
it is in their merit
we will be worthy
of the Geula.


Parshat Vayechi - ויחי

Jacob's Blessing for Benjamin


airbrushed acrylics on canvas 30" x 40" (76 x 102 cm)

Benjamin is a vicious wolf
 בִּנְיָמִין זְאֵב יִטְרָף

(blessing this tribe
to be ferocious in battle)

(Genesis 49: 27)

One can make
a sardonic comparison
Isaiah's (11:6) famous
messianic prophecy:
"A wolf and a lamb
will live (peaceably) together"

וְגָר זְאֵב עִם-כֶּבֶשׂ
referring here to Israel's
(now the Lamb) future

relation to its 70 enemies
(now the Wolf)

who will be around
but won't
(be able to) harm,
being toothless.

The problem is that so far

the toothy "Wolf"
in the painting

has not yet read Isaiah.
(perhaps the prophet
does not translate
well into Arabic or Persian)

Oops! Poor Dumb Lamb!

It is interesting to note
that Moses' blessing
for Benjamin
in the
last Parsha of the Torah:
VeZot HaBracha
- וזאת הברכה
has a more
peaceful connotation

and relates
to the Tribe's future location
(actually a small protrusion
into the boundary of Judah)
upon which the Holy Temple
in Jerusalem
would stand.

Perhaps to achieve
again this exalted vision
we need first the realistic ferocity
of Benjamin the Wolf.


mixed materials on canvas  30" x 40" (76 x 102 cm)

לְבִנְיָמִן אָמַר יְדִיד י-ה-ו-ה יִשְׁכֹּן לָבֶטַח עָלָיו
 חֹפֵף עָלָיו כָּל הַיּוֹם וּבֵין כְּתֵפָיו שָׁכֵן

About Benjamin he said:
May God's beloved
dwell securely with Him
(in the Bait HaMikdash).
May the Divine Presence cover
(and protect) him forever
and dwell among the high places.


Blessings to the Tribes

The other Blessings
which Jacob bestowed
upon the Tribes largely
inspired my painting

on the
Names of the Twelve Tribes
incised on the gemstones
in the Kho-shen חשן
(the Breastplate of the High Priest)


airbrush/acrylic on canvas on 12 mounted canvases
62" x 48" (158 x 122 cm) 

The Secrets of the Names of the Tribes

הסבר בעברית

Benjamin is also associated with the month of Kislev
according to Sefer Yetzira


The Book of Exodus - Shemot - שמות


Parshat Shemot - שמות



acrylics on canvas  40" x 40"  (102 x 102 cm)
And the midwives said unto Pharaoh:
 'Because the Hebrew women
are not as the Egyptian women;
for they are "like animals" חיות
and they can deliver by themselves.'
(Exodus 1: 19)

In the beginning of our learning & growth
we usually need a "midwife", a teacher, a rebbe
to help us give birth to and gain a new insight.
The ultimate stage should be
when we will be able to "deliver" by ourselves.


God's first message to Moses

at the Burning Bush

אֶ-הְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶ-הְיֶה

"I will be what I will be"

(Exodus 3: 14)

is one of the most profound phrases

in the Torah and with many interpretations.

    One hint to this is that the first

and last word: אֶ-הְיֶה

is itself one the most Holy Names of God

associated with the sefira of Keter

(and because of its holiness

it should be pronounced Ak-yeh).

The middle word Asher אֲשֶׁר

share the same letters for

the Hebrew word Osher אשֶׁר

joy and happiness.

which is the essential mind state

for receiving prophecy.


The Secret of the Shin ש

The middle letter in this phrase Shin ש

represents the Element of Fire אש

and the Shin ש "on fire" suggests
the spiritual context of the Burning Bush
(Exodus 3:2)
וְהִנֵּה הַסְּנֶה בֹּעֵר בָּאֵשׁ וְהַסְּנֶה אֵינֶנּוּ אֻכָּל

And behold the bush burned with fire
and the bush was not consumed

which is envisioned in the video art below:




The Denouement

The central idea of this phrase
אֶ-הְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶ-הְיֶה

"I will be what I will be"

is that God can
be understood and revealed

to our finite and limited intelligence,
especially during the painful periods
(The Burning Bush)
of what seems to be
the concealment of Divine Providence
only in the "denouement" of events,
such as the Megila of Esther,
the Megila of the History
of the Jewish People
and the Megila or His-Story
of each and
everyone's life journey.


Parshat Va'eira -  וארא

The Ten Plagues

The ten plagues can be

interpreted accordingto the

classical Ten Sefirot model

in reverse.

Seven in this Parsha

from Malchut to Chesed

(the modalities of the emotions)

Three in following Parsha

from Bina to Keter.

(the modalities of the

intellect and beyond)

The Plagues come

to attack and rectify

the bad and evil energies

trapped in the

Ten Sefirot of Impurity

by Pharaoh in Hebrew פרעה

whose letters can spell הערף

"the back of the neck"

and certainly apply to our own

יצר הרע or evil inclinations,

which is why we are called

"a stiff-necked people"

כִּי עַם קְשֵׁה עֹרֶף אַתָּה

(Exodus 33:3)

still dominated by the

mind sets and mental slavery

of Mitzrayim and the Galut.


The First Plague - Malchut

Blood  - דָם


airbrushed acrylics on canvas
30" x 40" (76 x 102 cm)

The belief that Nature
(especially the Nile River)

can be controlled and "engineered"

 embodied the source of the Egyptian
arrogant confidence and security

and was therefore deified
as a power in and of itself
and revered
as the very source of life.
The bloody "slaughter"
of this concept
opened up the pagan mind
to the presence of a Higher Master.

This arrogance can

also apply to those

fine liberal people יפי נפש

who love to imagine

they are drinking

from the cool clear

intellectual waters

of a creed of humanism

without God.

The plague reveals the "bluff"

of what is really behind all this -

their hot blood of anger,

particularly with whoever

disagrees with them.



The Second Plague - Yesod

Frogs - צְפַרְדֵעַ 

havdalah #2

airbrushed acrylics on canvas
17" x 35"  (44 x 89 cm)

The plague of the Frogs

attempted to rectify

the fallen sephira of Yesod

caused by the debauched habits

of the Egyptians.

The frogs' cold slimy bodies

covered every inch

of the land and

entered their houses

and even the bedrooms,

cooling off their lust

and sexual ardour

which was their raison d'etre.


The Third Plague - Hod (Acknowledge)
Lice - כִּנִים  


mixed materials on canvas
40" x 40" (102 x 102 cm)

When the plague of the dust

turning into lice occurred,

all of the magicians acknowledged
that it was the “Finger of G-d”
אצבע אלו-הים
since regular magic can not affect
such small creatures,
whereas Divine Providence
is in every aspect of creation.
The acknowledgement
of God's mastery
is the beginning of spiritual service
and should induce a positive humility
that even if we are like
dust before Him,

we are still with Him .
With the ego-deflated Egyptians
the dust turned into lice
causing a deep depression,
  a pseudo humility
which sucks out

a person's blood,
depriving him

of his vitality and energy-flow



The Fourth Plague - Netzach
Mixture of Wild Animals - 


airbrushed acrylics on canvas
27 1/2" x 36" (79 x 92 cm)

The fourth plague
to harass the Egyptians

consisted of hordes of wild animals
and also snakes and scorpions
roving all over the country,
and destroying everything in their path.
That they attacked
in a "coordinated" way
like a disciplined army
was a Tikun or rectification
to the Egyptian's evil Netzach 
which attempts
to achieve Victory at all costs
by deceitfully "orchestrating" the events.
The Jewish use of Netzach נצח
is suggested
in many of the Psalms which begin
with the words: לַמְנַצֵּחַ מִזְמוֹר

A prayer by
the Conductor Orchestrator


The Fifth Plague -
Tiferet (Mercy)
Pestilence - דֶּבֶר 


 acrylics on canvas

The fifth plague was a severe epidemic
on the cattle in the field,
but came with a prior warning, showing
the amelioration of judgement with mercy and
the Egyptians who complied were spared.
Only those who did not were punished.
יַד י-ה-ו-ה ה-וֹיָה בְּמִקְנְךָ
(Exodus 9:3)
Behold the Hand of God is on your cattle

This is hinted that the merciful name of
was changed to its permutation ה-וֹיָה
which is associated according to Sefer Yetzira
with the month of Menachem Av,
the month of severe judgement.


The Sixth Plague - Gevurah

Boils -  שְּׁחִין 


mixed materials on canvas
24" x 18" (61 x 46 cm)

The plague of boils, unlike the others,

came without a mitigating warning

and applied to all of the Egyptians

wherever they were and

who were made numb from the pain.

indicating a terrible gevurah or severity

from which very few recovered.

That is why we must pray daily to be

protected from debilitating illnesses

which put us into a condition

where we are unable to beg

for salvation.


The Seventh Plague - Chesed

Hail -  בָּרָד


polymer emulsions on canvas
  27 1/2" x 19 1/2" (70 x 50 cm)

The plague of Hail בָרָד
was strongly aligned with Chesed
since the Egyptians
were given a day's warning

to secure their livestock
in shelters beforehand,

any man or beast left
in the open would die.

The Hail was quite miraculous
and destructive
in that within the large icy balls
burned a blazing flame,
the normally opposing elements of
Fire and Water now working together. 
וַיְהִי בָרָד וְאֵשׁ מִתְלַקַּחַת בְּתוֹךְ הַבָּרָד

(Exodus 9:34)
Many of the Egyptians
followed the warning,
but this was ultimately
applied against Israel,
since the surviving horses
were used
with Pharoah's chariots to attack
the Israelites at the
encounter by the Red Sea.

There is also a lesson for us
with regards to the
"selective" destruction
of the plants:
only those with strong
unbending stems or trunks
were destroyed,
 by contrast what survived
were the supple and flexible
(a trait of tsuvah and repenting).


Parshat Bo - בא


The Eighth Plague -
Locusts - אַרְבֶּה 


polymer emulsions on canvas
  27 1/2" x 19 1/2" (70 x 50 cm)

"And the locusts went up
over all the land of Egypt
and they chewed up all the plants"
(Exodus 10: 13-15)
Chewing and processing
our received phenomena
is a kabbalah analogy
to the sephira of Bina -

This is the ability of intellectual inquiry:
the approach of the Talmud.
It allows us to explore the universe,
improve our lives and discover
the higher moral calling
of the human family.
Yet the very same power may
serve as a tool to rationalize
every evil practiced
under the face of the sun,
and to justify every
destructive lifestyle or habit.
leaving in its wake a desolate society
"The Wasteland"
bereft of spiritual values
and absolute principles.


The Ninth Plague - Chachma

Darkness - חֹשֶׁךְ


acrylics on canvas
37" x 37"  (94 x 94 cm)

There was a thick darkness
in all the land of Egypt three days;

they saw not one another,
neither rose any from his place;
but all the children of Israel
had Light in their dwellings.
(Exodus 10: 21-24)

The Light in the
Darkness (of the Mind)
is a kabbalah analogy

to the sephira of Chachma- חכמה

This can be understood as the ability
to accept new ideas
and concepts that emerge
unexpectedly from
the supra-conscious.
The arrogant Egyptians
(and with them
many "assimilated" Jews)
with their fixed mindsets
could not change
and accept a new input
and thus remained
in the darkness.


The Tenth Plague - Keter

The Death of the First Born - בכורות


airbrushed acrylics on canvas
40" x 30" (102 x 76 cm)

This terrible plague can be understood
the basic Biblical context of
"measure for measure" מידה כנגד מידה
(How you mistreat others,
so will be the retribution.)

God declared:
(Exodus 4:22)
"Israel is My first-born"

  בְּנִי בְכֹרִי יִשְׂרָאֵל

Yet Pharaoh wished to enslave them
 for all eternity, thus it is fitting
that God would punish him by killing
all of Egypt's first-born sons.

Celebrating Passover - Pesach

After the Tenth Plague
the Israelites were commanded

to celebrate Passover - Pesach
eating the pascal lamb

and the matzas, the unleavened bread
to prepare for delivery from Egypt

וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת הַמַּצּוֹת כִּי בְּעֶצֶם הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה
 הוֹצֵאתִי אֶת צִבְאוֹתֵיכֶם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם

And you shall observe the feast
of the unleavened bread
for in this very day
I have brought your hosts
out of the land of Egypt.

(Exodus  12: 17)


Voyage into the Matza Interior


An extended comparison via video art of the
"round" hand-kneaded matza and the full moon.
Extreme close-ups of the matza texture
turn into a remarkable "lunar"
and even otherworldly landscape
replete with crevices and craggy mountains.
The micro becomes the macro and vice versa.
With a modern music (electronic & flute) track,
which gives it a special ambience.
It even has the sound effect of the artist
munching noisily on a matza.

Some low definition samples from the composition
(with a "stream of conciousness" sound track)
are available on YouTube:


  Part One: https://youtu.be/nGJYaEvqr7k

Part Two: https://youtu.be/I8qtqroA-90

Part Three:

For more information on Matza Video press this line link


Parshat Beshalach - בשלח

Crossing the Red Sea - קריעת ים סוף

red sea

acrylics on canvas 10 1/2" x 16" (27 x 40 cm)

The bible story of the
Crossing of the Red Sea
is explained by the Rabbis
to be a prophetic revelation
achieved by the entire Israel nation.
The Sea, which is the Hidden Domain,
suddenly became a solid
or revealed dimension
without the accompanying
contractions and filtering
that this process usually demands.

The "story" also contains the 72 three letter
words of divinity, as revealed by the Zohar
generated by combinning
three consecutive sentences,
each uniquely made up of 72 letters.
(Exodus 14: 19-21)


Being Born


acrylics on canvas  40" x 40"  (102 x 102 cm)

According to kabbalah sources,
the Crossing of the Red Sea
is analogous to being born,
the water of the embryo sac bursts
and what is revealed
is the solid, the crying child
entering a new and challenging reality.

The embryonic state is
also likened to the Galut.
פֶּה-לָהֶם וְלֹא יְדַבֵּרוּ עֵינַיִם לָהֶם וְלֹא יִרְאוּ
אָזְנַיִם לָהֶם וְלֹא יַאֲזִינוּ אַף אֵין יֶש רוּחַ בְּפִיהֶם

They have a mouth but cannot speak.
They have eyes but cannot see.
They have ears but cannot hear.
They have a nose but cannot smell.
(Psalms 135: 16-17)

The above phrase obviously refers to
the futility of idol worship,
but its inner context relates to
the Galut of the Mind
when we are not realizing
our full spiritual potential
because of our worship
of our own ego as an idol.

Crossing the Red Sea
was a necessary
mind-opening precondition
for receiving the Torah at Sinai,
when the Israelites experienced
total synaesthesia:
וְכָל הָעָם רֹאִים אֶת הַקּוֹלֹת

And all the people saw the voices.
(Exodus 14:14)


Marah - Bitter Waters


airbrushed acrylics on canvas  30 x 40"  (76 x 101 cm)

It is incredible that shortly after
the "grand experience" of the Crossing,
where even a lowly chamber maid
had "visions" higher than
the prophet Ezekiel Yehezkiel יחזקאל

the Israelites showed a lack of faith in God
and complained and regretted their Delivery,
when they encountered the bitter waters
of Marah, which Moshe "sweetened"
by throwing within the pools a "Tree".
(Exodus 15: 22-25)
At Marah the Israelites began to be taught
the complex laws of the Sabbath
and other subjects,
that serving God is not just
an "experience" or "trip"
but entails responsibilities and this
can be "bitter" if not "sweetened"
with the Tree of Life,
the Inner Dimension of the Torah.


Amalek - עמלק


acrylics on canvas  26" x 62"  (66 x 158 cm) 

As a punishment for doubting God
Amalek came and attacked
the Israelites at Refidim -
which in Hebrew suggests
ברפיון ידים
the weakness of the Hands (of Faith).
(Exodus 17: 12)
To counter this threat
Moshe was obliged
to uplift his own hands
during the battle
וַיְהִי יָדָיו אֱמוּנָה

The Hands are connected to Faith,
they are
the only body parts
which can reach
higher than the Head
(The Conscious Brain)
what is called by the Zohar
The Unknowable Head -
the Superconscious

Resha D’Lo Ityada – RADLA

the source of all pure Faith אמונה

Parshat Yitro - יתרו

Receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai


mixed materials on canvas
40" x 40" (102 x 102 c

When the revelation of the
Receiving of the Torah
Mount Sinai was aflame
along with
the hearts and souls
of the Jewish people.

A "mountain" in Jewish Ethics
is associated with
Pride - התנשאות
a character trait
to be certainly avoided.
So Mount Sinai is thus praised
  as being a "modest"
and lowly mountain
But if self-effacement
is the desired trait
why was Torah not given
at the Dead Sea,
the lowest place on earth. 
Why on a mountain at all?
The answer is that
we need to have
a minimum amount of
 "mountain" or pride
in our personality
to have the courage and power
to start our day in learning Torah
and performing the commandments
against our inclinations
and lazy nature.

The Secret of the Alef


The Letter Alef א
is the first letter of the first word

in the Ten Commandments
אָנֹכִי י-ה-ו-ה אֱלֹהֶיךָ
 אֲשֶׁר הוֹצֵאתִיךָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם

I am the Lord your God
who has delivered
you from Egypt

(Exodus 20: 2)

The Letter Bais ב is
the first letter of
Genesis Bereishis

and its name means
Bayis בית or House,

indicating God's
desire to have
a habitation in this world

which he created ex nihilo.

The Diagonal in the Alef

The Alef is the other-worldly letter
whose unique form is a diagonal
which implies transcendence
combining and beyond
the vertical line of hierarchy
and the horizontal of total equality.

(Press on picture to see video)

alef video

The Alef is formed by two Yuds,
one to the upper right
and the other to the lower left,
 joined by a diagonal Vav.
Yud (10) + Yud (10) + Vav (6) = 26
The gematria for the name of God.
 The Yuds represent
the higher and lower waters
and the Vav is the firmament
רקיע between them
as described in
Second Day of Creation.
The transcendent Vav
has the ability to connect
and bear opposites or paradox
נושא הפכים
of the the two Yuds
representing heaven and earth.
fire and water,
the drive to exalt God and
yet feel one's lowliness.

What is remarkable is that
the first word
of the Ten Commandments

is of Egyptian origin,
even more so since this word
represents the Name
of God's Essence.
The Rabbis teach us that
the use of this
"foreign" word here
is to show God's
ultimate desire that
the Torah descend to
and transform
the lowest possible
levels of reality.
even to the depraved culture
of the Egyptians and
  its modern day continuation
in our hedonistic world.


Parshat Mishpatim - משפטים

This Parsha contains many laws
that determine
an individual's responsibility
for damages done to others
by himself or his property
and would seem to be "similar"
to other secular law systems
being used in the world
to maintain a just society.
But since these laws were divinely
ordained at Sinai, they contain
many elements which can not be
understood by
rational jurisprudence
and thus require us to search
their spiritual applications

The Laws of Negligence

bull goe

acrylics on canvas 33" x 33"  (84 x 84 cm)

 וְכִי יִגַּח שׁוֹר אֶת אִישׁ אוֹ אֶת אִשָּׁה וָמֵת
If a Bull gores to death
a man or a woman

(Exodus 21:28)

Only when a Bull gores three times
שור מועד Shor Mu-ad
is its owner completely responsible,
since the Bull is likely to continue
to be a danger.
Within our psyche
we also have a Bull -
נפש הבהמית - the animal soul
and if we sin
consecutive times
it becomes our dominating nature,
requiring an intensive Tsuvah -
deep repentance to correct.


The Vision of the 70 Elders


airbrushed acrylics on canvas 30" x 30"  (76 x 76 cm)

They saw a vision of the
God of Israel and under His feet

something like a sapphire brick
like the essence of a clear blue sky.
לִבְנַת הַסַּפִּיר וּכְעֶצֶם הַשָּׁמַיִם לָטֹהַר

(Exodus 24:10)

G-d's "bricklaying" was
in empathy the with suffering
of the Jews in Egypt
who were forced
to build the pyramids


Parshat Terumah - תרומה

The Cherubs - הַכְּרֻבִים


acrylics on canvas  40" x 40"  (102 x 102 cm)

The Cherubs were two golden "statues"
above the Ark of the Covenant.

(Exodus 25: 19-20)
Our Sages explain that

the Hebrew word for cherub: כְּרוּב
is from Aramaic and means "as a baby." 
The cherubs had baby faces
which represents innocence
and the loving touch of their wings
reflects the epitome
of pure, innocent love and harmony
between G-d and the Jewish people.
When this love was disrupted
the "faces" of the cherubs
would change
and become fearful and angry.

The "changing faces"
is the theme of my Dialogue series
as a paradigm
for relationship and communication
as in the Slide Show below:





Parshat Tetzaveh

The Names of the Twelve Tribes in the Kho-shen


12 tribes

Airbrush/acrylic on canvas on 12 mounted canvases:
62" x 48" (158 x 122 cm) 
Other sizes and versions on special order
as well as paintings of individual names in Hebrew.

An assemblage of twelve original paintings
representing the names of the Tribes of Israel
as they were incised in the gemstones of
the golden Kho-shen חושן
or breastplate of the High Priest.
Each painting reveals a unique style and
color palette, inspired by teachings
from the Midrash and Kabbalah.

The Twelve Tribes

For more information in Hebrew  - עברית

Parshat Ki Sisa - כי תשא

The Cosmic Man - What Moses Saw

what moses saw

oil on canvas 25 x 35 inches

וְרָאִיתָ אֶת אֲחֹרָי וּפָנַי לֹא יֵרָאוּ

You will see My Back (Existence)
but My Face (Essence)
can never be seen

(Exodus 33:23)

An interpretation
Yael Avi-Yonah OBM
of the highest prophetic
vision of Moses,

when he "saw"
the dalet shaped knot
of God's tefillin,

which encircles
the cosmic man image.

Within the visage
is a simulation of our galaxy

with a "black hole"
in the middle,

 from the phrase of the
Psalms (18:12):

יָשֶׁת חֹשֶׁךְ סִתְרוֹ

The Darkness carries His Secret


Link to Video Art
on the letter DALET


The Fiery Face of Moses


mixed material on canvas 25" x 39"

וְהִנֵּה קָרַן עוֹר פָּנָיו וַיִּירְאוּ מִגֶּשֶׁת אֵלָיו
(Exodus 34:27)
After Moses
descended from Sinai
his face was luminous
with a brilliant light and
everyone was afraid
to approach him.
Hence the injunction
that one should
learn Torah only
from a teacher
whose face is
like a Fiery Angel.
More interpretaions on
the holy visage
of the Lubavitcher Rebbe


Parshat VaYakhel  Pekudei - ויקהל פקודי

Sabbath Without Anger


airbrushed acrylics on canvas
36" x 28" (92 x 71 cm)

לֹא תְבַעֲרוּ אֵשׁ בְּכֹל מֹשְׁבֹתֵיכֶם בְּיוֹם הַשַּׁבָּת

One should not "kindle fire"
in all of your habitations.
(Exodus 35:3)

This includes the inner dimensions during
the special experience of the Sabbath,
to completely refrain from
the fires of anger and conflict,
allowing only love and unity.
The phrase inspired my series of paintings
based on close-up views of
congealed clumps of wax that fell off
from the burning Sabbath candles
by themselves
and without "human" intervention
and as such represent
something sublime and angelic.
I call them Songs and they suggest to me
the yearning of two souls to finally unite
and fly to the heights
and beyond the obstacles
in the material reality that deter.


Visions of the Temple

The Haichal (Sanctuary) - Inner and Outer Space

inner/outer space

     mixed materials on canvas  30" x 40" (76 x 102 cm)

The central structure
in the Miskan and the Temple,
the Holy of Holies קדש הקדשים
or the Inner Sanctuary
(suggested by the
translucent schematic lines)
correlates to the Cosmic Brain
which through the Ark of the Covenant
engendered the mystical experience
of being within the dimensions
of time and space
and beyond them simultaneously.


The Altar - Sublimation of the Animal Energies


mixed materials on canvas  30" x 40" (76 x 102 cm)

The Altar in the Mishkan and theTemple
(suggested by the black schematic lines
of an "overhead" view)
symbolizes the service of the heart in prayer
whose fires have the power of kindling
the sacrifice of our "animal" soul and nature,
sublimating its vast energies
to help us reach spiritual heights .



The Book of Levitcus -
VaYikra - ויקרא


Parshat VaYikra - ויקרא

The Small Alef


mixed materials on canvas  30" x 40" (76 x 102 cm)

The first word of Leviticus:

וַיִּקְרָא  אֶל מֹשֶׁה

(God) called to Moses
is written in the Torah
with a small ALEF א
to designate Moses'
ultimate humility,

which allowed him
to enter the Holy of Holies.

The ALEF is the
other-worldly letter
whose unique form
is a diagonal
which implies
combining and beyond
the vertical line of hierarchy
and the horizontal
of total equality.

alef video


The ALEF is formed
by two
YUDs ,
one to the upper right
and the other to the lower left,
 joined by a diagonal VAV.
YUD (10) + YUD (10) + VAV (6) = 26
The gematria
for the name of God.
 The YUDs represent
the higher and lower waters
and the VAV is the firmament
רקיע between them
as described in
Second Day of Creation.
The transcendent VAV
has the ability to connect
and bear opposites or paradox
נושא הפכים
of the the two YUDs
representing heaven and earth.
fire and water,
the drive to exalt God and
yet feel one's lowliness.


Parshat Tzav - צו

The Burning Altar of Our Heart

stones 10

airbrushed acrylics & mixed materials on canvas
24" x 18" (61 x 46 cm)

אֵש תָּמִיד תּוּקַד עַל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ לֹא תִכְבֶּה
The Fire burning
always and eternally
on the Altar of our Heart
are our yearnings for God
which can never be extingished.

I found it appropriate to envision
this idea
with a painting
from my Stones on Fire series

which montage the
Transcendental Textures
of the Kotel rock surface
and the

barnfires of L'ag B'Omer


The Shin in the Fire

The dominant letter in the word אש Fire
is the ש Shin which itself represents
the Element of Fire according to
Sefer Yetzira
and inspires the videoart below:




Parshat Shemini - שמינ

Forbidden Foods


airbrushed acrylics on canvas
40" x 40" (102 x 102 cm)

The Torah commands us
not to eat and digest
certain animals
because their life force
is bound
with the סטרא אחרא Extraneous Side
which can not be elevated
and causes our soul to be blemished.


The VAV in the Serpent's Belly


mixed materials on canvas
33" x 33"  (84 x 84 cm)

In the phrase in this Parsha

כֹּל הוֹלֵךְ עַל-גָּחוֹן

All creatures that crawl on their belly

Leviticus (11:42)

It is remarkable that the VAV

in the word: גָּחוֹן (belly)

 is written with
a larger emphasized font

and is the exact
letter and axle

around which
the entire Torah revolves.

The phrase refers to the Serpent
who obscures our
search for the Light Beyond,
  with its hatched net:
  "The Skin of the Serpent"
משכא דחויא
a kabbalistic metaphor
 for our mundane "reality".
The VAV, called
the "letter of truth",

pierces through this skin
transforming the Serpent נחש
into Moshiach-Messiah משיח
sharing the
same gematria: 358.

According to Sefer Yetzira
the letter VAV ו permeates
the month of Iyar
which in the Torah
is called Ziv זיו
(radiance) cognate to Light.



Video Art - The Letter VAV




Parshat Tazriya - תזריע

Masculine and Feminine Waters


The triangular form or vector
termed by the Kabbalah
the "feminine waters",
the movement
or aspiration from Below
to reach a spiritual height,
such as in prayer. 

Turning the painting upside down


  With the triangular form
or vector pointing downward
transforms it
to the "masculine waters",
the vector of bringing
spiritual energy
into the "vessels"
of the mundane world.
אִשָּׁה כִּי תַזְרִיעַ וְיָלְדָה זָכָר

If the conceiving begins
with the "feminine waters"
this stimulates
a greater arousal
from above
resulting in the birth of a
male child זכר
something "remembered"
and steadfast.



Parshat Metzora - מצורע

Biblical Leprosy


This parsha
and much of the previous one
deals with a special type of
biblical leprosy נגע מצרע
which attacked people
and even their
houses and clothing
for participating in לשון הרע
character assasination
and could be only cured
by true repentance.


Parshat Acharei Mot - אחרי מות

The Scape Goat


acrylics on canvas  26" x 62"  (66 x 158 cm) 

The Parsha deals with
the Yom Kippur service of
and all the High Priests
who would succeed him

to achieve atonement
for all of the congregation.

One remarkable aspect
was the choosing

of the Scape Goat
 הַשָּׂעִיר לַעֲזָאזֵל

(perhaps chosen
for its rebellious nature)

who by its destruction
in a desolate place

would remind us
of the emptiness of sin.


Parshat Kedoshim - קדשים

Love Your Neighbor


mixed materials on canvas 24" x 18" (61 x 46 cm)

וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ
You should love your "neighbor"
as (you love) yourself;

"close friend" is
the more correct translation.

Even so, how can this
be performed in reality?

Self-love is often our tendancy
to gloss over

and cover our own faults,
to hate criticism.

So likewise we should
"self-love" our friends
and only see
their good qualities.


Parshat Emor - אמור

A Lamp of G-d is a Man's Soul


The Cohen or High Priest
was required

to kindle the 6 lamps
on the Menorah in the Temple
which burned
only from evening to morning

while the western lamp burned
by miracle continuously,
an eternal lamp נר תמיד
so we also must let
the flame of our soul

illuminate the darkness
of the Galut,

not only as a
potent meditation for

  the First Day of Hanukah,
but for every day of the year.


Parshat BeHar - בהר

The Mystery of Conception and Pregnancy


acrylics on canvas
26" x 62"  (66 x 158 cm)

Moses and the people
received the Torah

  at the Sinai Mountain בהר סיני
We learn that "mountain" הר
and "pregnancy"
share a common root in Hebrew,
implying that Torah study
should always impregnate us

with expanded consciousness.


Parshat BeChuko-tai - בחקתי

The Kotel - Transcendental Engravings


acrylics & mixed materials on canvas
28" x 36" (71 x 91 cm)

  If you will follow My Edicts
אִם בְּחֻקֹּתַי תֵּלֵכוּ

many blessings
will be bestowed on us.
חק also implies in Hebrew
לחקוק to engrave

that the Torah laws be engraved
in our mind and hearts
and thus impossible to erase.




The Book of Numbers - BaMidbar - במדבר


Parshat BaMidbar - במדבר

The Encampment

The Twelve Tribes encamped in the desert
the Mishkan in four triad groups
each with its own specific banner דגל
which illustrated the Attributes of the Tribe.
The arrangement of the triads corresponds
to the Four Directions and Seasons
and the Twelve Months and Constellations.


Facing the East (Spring)
was the triad led by Judah:


The desert banner of Judah
contained a figure

of a crouching lion
about to spring forth

and achieve victory
over the enemies,

internal and external,
which is a primary attribute

of Kingdom, as well as
the Baal Tsuvah,
the Repenter,
both of which
are associated with Judah.
הֶן-עָם כְּלָבִיא יָקוּם
Look! A people that rises itself up
(from a low "crouching" position)
like a Lion planning to attack
(the Galut of the Mind)
(Numbers 23:24)


Nissan - Aries - Speech

Facing the North (Winter)
was the triad led by Dan:


The banner of Dan
contained a snake image
hence the suggestion
of reptilian scales.
It also had a set of inverted" faces,
hinting that from this tribe
would come
many judges,
who had to show impartiality
in judging
the rich and the poor
and examine every side of the issue.

So you can see in profile
one set of judges on the left

and if you stand on your head
or turn around the painting
you can perceive another set of judges
דן ידין עמו
Dan shall judge his people

(Genesis 49:16)

יהי דן נחש
Let Dan be a snake

(Genesis 49:17)


Tevet - Capricorn - Anger


Facing the South (Summer)
was the triad led by Reuvan:


The banner of Reuvan corresponds
to the אדם (pronounced Oh-dem)
in the breastplate of the High Priest,
a red stone which most commentators
agree is a ruby,

 and the basis for the painting’s colors.
The name אדם is also
the word, Adam, or man,

and suggests also the dudaim,
the human-like mandrakes,

which Reuvan gave to his mother Leah.
The ruby and the mandrakes
have been credited

with having the power
to aid fertility.

This implies in the spiritual dimension
the ability to make `chidushim’
new creative discoveries -
and is also connected

with the first three letters
of Reuvan’s name ראו,

which means seeing,
even otherworldly vision. 

וילך ראובן...וימצא דודאים בשדה
Reuben went and found mandrakes
in the field

(Genesis 30:14)
Tammuz - Cancer - Sight 

Facing the West (Autumn)
was the triad which included Benjamin:



The banner of Benjamin showed a wolf,
preying on its spoil, emanating ferocity.
In the YouTube videoart section above
two active wolves may be discerned
somewhat hidden behind the reeds,
בנימין זאב יטרף
Benjamin is a fierce wolf
(Genesis 49:27)

Kislev -Sagittarius - Sleep

More information on the Tribes:


Parshat Naso - נשא

Shalom and the Priestly Blessing


יְבָרֶכְךָ ה' וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ
יָאֵר ה'  פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וִיחֻנֶּךָּ 

יִשָּׂא ה
' פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ  וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם

The Priestly Blessing concludes with the word Shalom

transmitted to the ears of the congregation
in ever-expanding waves or ripples,
to open our hearts and minds to receive G-d’s Blessing.

airbrush/acrylic on canvas
30” x 40”  (76 x 102 cm)

Parshat BeHa'alotcha - בהעלותך  

Being a Lamp Lighter


Aaron the High Priest was required 
to kindle the lamps on the Menorah in the Temple
until the flame arises by itself השלהבת עולה מאליה.
All of us are asked to be "lamp lighters"
trying to illuminate our dark surroundings
until the flame of faith rises by itself
and burns brightly,
a potent meditation for the
Seventh Day of Hanukah,
as well as every day of the year.


Parshat Shelach - שלח

The Grasshopper Syndrome

נְּהִי בְעֵינֵינוּ כַּחֲגָבִים, וְכֵן הָיִינוּ בְּעֵינֵיהֶם
We appeared like “grasshoppers” in our eyes
and that is how we appeared in their eyes
(Numbers 13:31).

This was the paranoiac description
(or political propaganda) by the Spies
about the Giant inhabitants of the Land of Israel,
trying to force the conclusion
that we are demographically “too small”
and without power to conquer it.

Like everything in life,
it depends how you read the map.

To be a grasshopper (I actually like better,
James Joyce’s pun: Grace Hoper)
has many advantages.
It is able to jump high over obstacles
and when united together as a swarm אחדות,
as in the Plague of the Locusts,
they can destroy all enemies, real and imagined.


Milk and Honey Sunrise over Safed - Tzfat


polymer emulsions on canvas
  27 1/2" x 19 1/2" (70 x 50 cm)

Caleb and Joshua answered the lies

of the Spies who tried to prevent
the Israelites from entering the Promised Land:
"It is a land that flows with Milk and Honey"
always revealing the special
Kindness חסד and Sweetening המתקה
of Divine Providence.


Parshat Korach - קרח

Korach's End


acrylics on canvas 
17 1/2" x 17 1/2" (45 x 45 cm)

The Earth opened up its "mouth"
and swallowed Korach
and his "misnaged" followers
who rebelled against Moses
 descending "alive"
into Oblivion - Purgatory,
alive but quickly forgotten.
A similar fate may await
those who oppose
the true Zaddik of their generation
unless they repent
like the children of Korach did.


Parshat Chukat - חקת

The Attack of the Fiery Serpents

acrylics & mixed materials on canvas
28" x 36" (71 x 91 cm)

When the Israelites complained
and were ungrateful
for the daily miracles
which G-d bestowed,
Serpents attacked
and forced them to repent.
For this reason
we begin the morning
by saying to G-d:
מודה אני לפניך
thanking Him
and showing gratitude
that He has restored our soul
to what otherwise would
be a dead body.


Parshat Balak - בלק

The Witchery of Balak and Bilam


mixed materials on canvas
18" x 24" (46 x 61 cm)

Balak and Bilam,
both descendents of the wicked Lavan,
tried to curse the Israelites
but were forced to bless them with
the highest of blessings
including prophecies about the Messiah:


polymer emulsions on canvas
  27 1/2" x 19 1/2" (70 x 50 cm)

דָּרַךְ כּוֹכָב מִיַּעֲקֹב

"A Star will burst forth from Jacob"


Parshat Pinchas - פינחס


mixed materials on canvas 
27.5" x 20.6" (70 x 50 cm)
According to the Zohar.
Pinchas “saw” in a prophetic vision
the letters mem מ and tav ת
descending ominously from Above
to threaten the Israelites with מת death
because of their debauchery.
He prevented this with his רומח spear
capturing and neutralizing the mem מ
within the letters raish ר and chet ח
thus creating ruach רח soul.
Given this mystical context,
we can understand
and even exonerate
what would otherwise be
a grisly “directed assassination”
by an uncouth Zealot
and certainly not an action
that would be condoned
by the Rabbis in a Bait Din.

G-d rewards Pinchas by
“upgrading” him
and his descendants
to be Kohanim
and establishing with him 
“a Covenant of Peace”

הִנְנִי נֹתֵן לוֹ אֶת-בְּרִיתִי שָׁלוֹם

(Numbers 25: 12)


However the word Shalom שלום
is written with a deliberately broken vav ו
(which if it would appear anywhere else
would disqualify the Torah from being used)
perhaps to indicate G-d’s regret
over the loss of life, even of brazen sinners.


Parshat Matot - מטות

The Narcissist


triptych — acrylics on canvas – 26″ x 62″ (66 x 158 cm)

Moses was commanded
to take vengeance and wage
a total war against the Midianites
for their causing the Israelites
to sin with harlotry and idol worship.
(Numbers 31: 2)

According to chassidic teachings,
the Hebrew word Midian מדין
implies מדון
contention and separation,
and refers to a
narcissistic personality trait
which causes one to be
very intolerant of others,
leading to שנאת חינם
implacable hate,
the opposite of אחדות unity.

If you can discern
in the painting the “gestalt”
of someone known and (in)famous,
it is probably a coincidence,
not something
contrived or premeditated.


Parshat Masei - מסעי

Refuge City in the Mind


airbrushed acrylics on canvas
40" x 32" (102 x 81 cm)

The Torah commands us to create
Refuge Cities ערי מקלט
to which an unintentional murderer
could flee and find protection
from the murdered person's Avenger.
(Numbers 35: 22-33)
In our inner being we often can be
"chased" by an avenger
created by our misdeeds,
even the feeling that we
have not fully utilized the talents and
opportunites which G-d has given us.
The City of Refuge of the Mind
(which is also the Day of the Sabbath
and the month of Elul
and according to some commentators
the holy city of Tzfat - Safed)
gives us a time and space
to repent and return to our inner source


The Book of Deuteronomy - Devarim - דברים


Parshat Devarim -

Confronting Og and Sichon


airbrushed acrylics on canvas
40" x 30" (102 x 76 cm)

Just before the Israelites
could enter the Promised Land,
they encountered
the menacing resistance of the
fearsome Giants - Sichon and Og.
G-d told Moses not to be
afraid of them and push forward.
(Deut 2-3)
We can learn from this that
just before we are about
to achieve a major elevation
in prayer and torah study,
we should anticipate
the resistance of the Giants -
our evil inclination
יצר הרע   
and trust in G-d's promise
and push forward.


Parshat VaEtchanan - ואתחנן

Achad - the Primordial Light


airbrush/acrylic on canvas
30” x 40”  (76 x 102 cm)

שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל ה’ אֱלֹהֵינוּ ָה' אֶחָד

Hear Oh Israel HaShem is Our
G-d HaShem is One
(Deut 6: 4)
אחד Achad or One
is the essence of both

the Shma Yisroel prayer:
“Hear Oh Israel”

and the First Day of Creation:
Yom Achad,
 יום אחד
the creation of the Primordial Light
which was afterwards concealed
so that the wicked of future generations
would not be able to enjoy it,
this being the most profound “punishment”
for sinning, the Denial of the Light.
In reciting this prayer
it is the custom to cover our eyes
in order to see and reveal within ourselves
this Light and unite with the One.
This revelation also applies
to those (actually all of us)
who are not exactly
a full-time 24/7
or Righteous One,
since during this existential second
when we recite the prayer,
we become a Zaddik, irregardless
of what we have done in the past
or will do in the future.


Parshat Eikev - עקב

The Eye of Providence


acrylics on canvas with reflecting marble
33" x 33" (84 x 84 cm)

תָּמִיד עֵינֵי ה' אֱלֹהֶיךָ בָּהּ

מֵרֵשִׁית הַשָּׁנָה וְעַד אַחֲרִית שָׁנָה

"The Eyes of HaShem your G-d
are continually upon it
(the Land of Israel)
from the beginning of the year
until the end of the year"
(Deut 11: 12)
The Eyes refers to the special
Divine Providence upon
the Land always protecting it
and enabling us
to experience this in our daily lives.

The Hebrew word above: מֵרֵשִׁית

(from the beginning)

is missing the letter א in the middle

and not the way

the first word of the Torah: בראשית

(in the beginning) is written:

emphasizing the Hebrew word: ראש

Rosh, the Head

and of course Rosh HaShana.

Indeed בראשית

contains the letters א+ב תשרי

the two days of Rosh HaShana.


The word מֵרֵשִׁית suggests the

Hebrew word רש (extremely poor!)

and the Midrash teaches us

that just before Rosh HaShana

we are poor and deficient until

we hear the blast of the Shofar

and then the letter א jumps out

to change the רש to ראש,

giving us a new Rosh or Head

for the coming year

with the expanded consciousness

to truly experience

the Divine Providence in our lives.


Parshat Re'eh - ראה

Seeing Anochi


mixed materials on canvas
40" x 40" (102 x 102 cm)

The constant meditation on
Receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai
רְאֵה אָנֹכִי נֹתֵן לִפְנֵיכֶם הַיּוֹם בְּרָכָה
Behold I am giving before you (or "within" you)
today Blessing...
This refers to the Anochi אָנֹכִי
the first word of the Ten Commandments.
We are enjoined to "behold"
(visually meditate as in Back to the Future)
the Giving of the Torah הַיּוֹם every day
(Some authorities say every hour!)
and it will be for us a Blessing.

What is remarkable is that
the first word of the Ten Commandments
Anochi אָנֹכִי is of Egyptian origin,
even more so since this word
represents the Name of God's Essence.
The Rabbis teach us that
the use of this "foreign" word here
is to show God's ultimate desire that
the Torah descend to and transform
the lowest possible levels of reality.
even to the depraved culture
of the Egyptians and its modern day
continuation in our hedonistic world.
More information on the Secret of Anochi.


Forbidden Foods


airbrushed acrylics on canvas
40" x 30" (102 x 76-

לֹא תֹאכַל כָּל תּוֹעֵבָה

"You should not eat anything abominable"
(Deut 14: 3)
We are enjoined
not to eat non-kosher food
such as the pig
so that we do not become
to them
in our personality traits,
according to the adage:
You are what you eat!


Voyage into the Matza Interior - Video Art


שֵׁשֶׁת יָמִים תֹּאכַל מַצּוֹת

"Six days you should eat matzas"
(Deut 16: 8)
An extended comparison of the "round"
hand-kneaded matza and the full moon.

Extreme close-ups of the matza texture
turn into a remarkable "lunar"

and even otherworldly landscape
replete with crevices and craggy mountains.

The micro becomes the macro and vice versa.
With a modern music (electronic & flute) track,

which gives it a special ambience.
It even has the sound of the artist
munching noisily on a matza.

Some low definition samples from the video
are available on YouTube below:


1. Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGJYaEvqr7k

2. Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8qtqroA-90    

3. Part Three: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTkFUstBLtQ

Press here for more information


Parshat Shoftim  -  שופטים


airbrushed acrylics on canvas
26" x 62"  (66 x 158 cm)

שֹׁפְטִים וְשֹׁטְרִים תִּתֶּן לְךָ בְּכָל שְׁעָרֶיךָ

Judges and Police should be placed
for you at your gates (Deut 16:18)

The "gates" of a person are
the seven orifices in his head
through which pass
all sensory phenomenon
which needs to be judged and screened
to prevent negative influences from
entering the body
and causing damage to the soul.


airbrushed acrylics on canvas
36" x 28" (92 x 71 cm)

תָּמִים תִּהְיֶה עִם ה' אֱלֹהֶיךָ

Be "whole-hearted" with HaShem your G-d

(Deut 18: 13)
Do not probe into the future
and follow astrologers and fortune-tellers.
Rather accept that whatever happens
or will happen is all Divine Providence.

This applies even to minor annoyances 

or "setbacks" when events do not happen

according to one's scenario, not to get angry,

but have the אמונה faith that All is G-d's Plan

and that these events happen to us 

as a "learning experience"

to bring us to do Tsuvah תשובה


Parshat Ki Teizei - כי תצא

Going out to battle


acrylics on canvas
33" x 33"  (84 x 84 cm)

   שעת צלותא שעת קרבא
The Zohar teaches us
that the time of prayer
is the time for battle.
כִּי תֵצֵא לַמִּלְחָמָה עַל אֹיְבֶיךָ

When you will go to war over your enemies
(Deut 21: 10)

True prayer is a war against our real enemies:
our habits and inertia,
being overly satisfied with our past achievements
and a reluctance to exert oneself further.
To win the battle we have to focus our mind
and body to overcome the obstacles.

The continuation of the sentence predicts
that after your "victory"
the taking captive of a very beautiful woman
אֵשֶׁת יְפַת תֹּאַר
who after thirty days you can force her
to cohabit with you.
This seemingly improper behavior
ameliorated by the Zohar which
interprets the the entire context
as a kind of universal allegory:
מאן דקטיל לחויה יהבין ליה ברתא דמלכא
He who kills the (premordial) Snake or Dragon
will be given (to marry) the Daughter of the King
(The Shechina or Divine Presence)


To kill the Primordial Snake הנחש הקדמון
is not an easy task
since its "progeny" is Amalek
the implacable enemy of the Jewish people
in every generation

אֵלָא שֶׁבְּכָל דּוֹר וָדוֹר עוֹמְדִים עָלֵינוּ לְכַלּוֹתֵנוּ
and requires us to reveal within us
our superconscious powers
(beyond rationality)
as in Purim to succeed.


The Mystery of the Bird Nest


acrylics & mixed materials on canvas
18" x 24" (46 x 61 cm)

כִּי יִקָּרֵא קַן-צִפּוֹר לְפָנֶיךָ בַּדֶּרֶךְ...
וְהָאֵם רֹבֶצֶת עַל-הָאֶפְרֹחִים, אוֹ עַל-הַבֵּיצִים...

שַׁלֵּחַ תְּשַׁלַּח אֶת-הָאֵם, וְאֶת-הַבָּנִים תִּקַּח-לָךְ
 לְמַעַן יִיטַב לָךְ, וְהַאֲרַכְתָּ יָמִים

If on the way you happen
to come across a Bird Nest
and the mother is stting
on the young chicks or the eggs,
(first) chase away the mother
and (only) then can you take
the children for yourself,
so it will be a benefice for you
and your days will be extended
(Deut 22: 6-7)

The mitzvah of the Bird Nest קן צפור
is perhaps the most enigmatic in Torah
and yet it shares only
with the more obvious mitzvah of
Honoring the Parents כבוד אב ואם
the specific merit of having
“extended days" וְהַאֲרַכְתָּ יָמִים

The Zohar explains the above as an allegory
which perhaps hints at “extended days".
The Bird Nest קן צפור
is the name of the secret Chamber
of the Moshiach-Messiah 
where he hides until the time
comes for him to reveal himself. 
(Zohar Shemot Page 7, Column 2)

"In that time King Moshiach will awaken
to leave the Garden of Eden
from that place
which is called the Bird Nest.
He will awaken
and reveal himself in the Galilee.
And that day when
the Moshiach will go there,
the whole world will quake
and all the inhabitants of the world
will hide in caves and clefts in the rocks.
not thinking they can be saved
from the wars which will be then...”

The Zohar continues to explain
that the Revelation of the Moshiach
will be an extended, frightening process,
with his sudden disappearing to
and emerging from the Bird Nest
many times
and accompanied by a fascinating
“Star Wars” account of
battles between stars and columns of light.


Remembering to Blot Out Amalek


mixed materials on canvas
26" x 62"  (66 x 158 cm)

תִּמְחֶה אֶת-זֵכֶר עֲמָלֵק, מִתַּחַת הַשָּׁמָיִם; לֹא, תִּשְׁכָּח

"You shall blot out the Memory of
Amalek from under Heaven.

Do not forget!"

Amalek is our implacable enemy
who appears in
every generation to try to destroy us.
(Deut 25: 17-19)
The above painting represents
the surprised face of a terrorist
who has just blown himself up
(and others as well)
and instead of entering
a "paradise" with 72 virgins
finds himself burning in hell.
 Perhaps my most macabre work
and one of my rare political statements
catalyzed by the impossible & grim state
of affairs in Israel & the world today
and the possibility of a new Holocaust.

We have to internalise all of the "enemies"
of Israel and realise that they also
represent negative aspects of our own
personality that prevent us from advancing
in Torah and performing the commandments.
What is curious is that our "remembering" זכור
Amalek is in order to "blot him out" תמכה
Perhaps it would be better not to remember him
and he won't be around to blot!
The answer is that we all have countless suppressed
memories of bad, even traumatic events deep in our
subconscious and one method of treatment
is to bring them out into the open
to be then blotted
and thus free ourselves from them forever.


Parshat Ki Tavo - כי תבוא

Putting Tefillin upon Har Habayit - The Temple Mount


וְרָאוּ כָּל עַמֵּי הָאָרֶץ
כִּי שֵׁם ה' נִקְרָא עָלֶיךָ וְיָרְאוּ מִמֶּךָּ

"And all the nations of the earth will see
that the Name of HaShem is upon you
and they will fear you":
(Deut 28:10)
This blessing will be realized
because of the merit of putting on tefillin.

The three pronged and four pronged SHINs
embossed on the tefillin box for the head
have many mystical implications.
including the unity of the
Three Patriarchs and Four Matriarchs
from which are descended the Jewish nation.


SHIN Video

The letter SHIN ש
according to Sefer Yetzira
denotes spiritual fire
and the Shekhinah
or Divine Presence

which constantly hovers
over the Temple Mount
and Jerusalem.




Re-interpreting the 98 Curses


  acrylics on canvas 40" x 40"  (102 x 102 cm)

At the end of the Parsha
there is a graphic description
of the 98 horrible Curses
which will be placed on Israel for not
following the commandments of the Torah
and which were "realized" too many times
in our history including the
Destruction of the Temple
and the Holocaust.

According to chassidic teachings
all of the enumerated curses
  are actually "blessings in disguise"
and we should try to re-interpret them
as a Learning Experience
in our private life adventure,
such as when one is overwhelmed
with trials and tribulations:
וְהָיוּ חַיֶּיךָ תְּלֻאִים לְךָ מִנֶּגֶד...
 וְלֹא תַאֲמִין בְּחַיֶּיךָ

"Your life will hang in doubt before you.
And you won't believe in your living."
(Deut 28: 66)
Many people, particularly when
they are young and stimulated by
"natural energies" look upon life
as one
continuous hedonistic party
and see no need for religion.
At some point, if they are "blessed"
with the curse mentioned above,
the party ends and their confident
life-style breaks down
and this prepares them
for a necessary spiritual change.


Parshat Nitzavim - נצבים

The Cosmic Dance of Forgiveness


acrylics on canvas  28" x 37"  (71 x 94 cm)

אַתֶּם נִצָּבִים הַיּוֹם כֻּלְּכֶם לִפְנֵי ה' אֱלֹהֵיכֶם

"You are standing firmly today
all of you together
before HaShem your G-d."
(Deut 29:9)
This is read before Rosh HaShana
when we all should feel
united as one nation
as if we are clasping hands
in a cosmic dance מחול
we are then worthy of receiving מחילה
forgiveness for our misdeeds.

This parsha is read
after the 98 horrible Curses
(enumerated in the
previous Parsha: Ki Tavo)
which will be placed on Israel for
not following
the commandments of the Torah
and which were "realized"
too many times
in our history including
the Destruction of the
Temple and the Holocaust.

The Curses were first implied in the
Prophecy of Abraham


mixed materials on canvas

40" x 50" (102 x 127 cm)

The Patriarch Abraham
was ordered to pass
through a set of animal carcasses
(Genesis 15: 7-15)
to receive the frightening 
prophesy of the Exile,
not only to Egypt, 
but to all the Exiles
(including the Holocaust) 
that his descendants would suffer.

The Parsha is teaching us
that in spite of all that has happened
we are still standing strong
and firm in our faith
עם ישראל חי

Ultimately when we will be bestowed
with the expanded

of messianic times
we will be able to see that
all of the curses and the bad things
that have happened
  were actually blessings in disguise.


Parshat VaYeilach - וילך

The Mask and the Reality


וְאָנֹכִי הַסְתֵּר אַסְתִּיר פָּנַי בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא
"I will doubly conceal My Face that day"
(Deut 31: 18)
When we transgress,
G-d seemingly masks his presence,
such as during the period
of Purim and Esther
אסתר = אסתיר
We also put upon ourselves a mask
pretending that there is
no consequence to our misdeeds.
Doing repentance תשובה
removes the mask
and we can see face-to-face
that everything is spiritual energy -
the deep secret of the Purim holiday.


Parshat Ha'azinu - האזינו

The Great Eagle in the Sky


polymer emulsions on canvas
  27 1/2" x 19 1/2" (70 x 50 cm)

כְּנֶשֶׁר יָעִיר קִנּוֹ עַל גּוֹזָלָיו יְרַחֵף

"Like an eagle that arouses its nest
hovering over its young"
(Deut 32:11)
G-d's presence upon us
(as well as that of a teacher or parent)
should be a state of "hovering"
touching and not touching
present and influencing
but not too heavy as to
crush and destroy
the developing personality.


Parshat VeZot HaBracha - וזאת הברכה

Fiery Torah


 acrylics & mixed materials on canvas
19" x 37" (48 x 94 cm)

מִימִינוֹ אֵשׁ דָּת לָמוֹ

"From His Right Hand
He presented
the fiery Torah to them"
(Deut 33:3)
The Torah was received amidst
a display of fire and lightening
representing Gevurah or Severity.
But it comes
from the Right Hand
the ultimate Source
of Chesed or Kindness.
The great Maggid of Mezeritz.
Rebbe Dov Ber, my direct ancester
and after whom I am named, explains
that when we feel "attacked"
by "gevurah" thoughts and anxieties,
such as the fear of dying,
we should understand that
this is really God's great Kindness to us,
since they can induce the process of
repentance and tsuvah.

The bulk of the Parsha deals with
the Blessings which Moses bestowed
upon the Tribes. Many of which are
similar to the Patriarch Jacob's Blessings
which largely inspired my composition
on the Names of the Twelve Tribes
inscribed on the gemstones
in the Kho-shen חשן
(Breastplate of the High  Priest)


airbrush/acrylic on canvas
on 12 mounted canvases: 
62" x 48" (158 x 122 cm)


The Blessings

However certain Tribes
have a very different Blessing,
such as Benjamin,
who was described by Jacob

as a Wolf, preying on its spoil,
emanating ferocity
(Genesis 49:27)  בנימין זאב יטרף

airbrushed acrylics on canvas 30" x 40" (76 x 102 cm)

See Link: Parsha.html#VAYECHI

Whereas Moses now relates
to the Tribe's future location
(actually a small protrusion
into the boundary of Judah)
upon which the Holy Temple
in Jerusalem would stand.


mixed materials on canvas  30" x 40" (76 x 102 cm)

לְבִנְיָמִן אָמַר יְדִיד י-ה-ו-ה יִשְׁכֹּן לָבֶטַח עָלָיו
 חֹפֵף עָלָיו כָּל הַיּוֹם וּבֵין כְּתֵפָיו שָׁכֵן

"About Benjamin he said:
May God's beloved
dwell securely with Him
(in the Bait HaMikdash).
May the Divine Presence
cover (and protect) him
forever and dwell
among the high places"

Perhaps to realize Moshe's Blessing
we need to show first the ferocity
of Jacob's Wolf to our enemies.


Moses Re-made the Eyes of Israel

The Parsha and the Torah
concludes with the phrase:

וּלְכֹל הַיָּד הַחֲזָקָה וּלְכֹל הַמּוֹרָא הַגָּדוֹל
אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה מֹשֶׁה לְעֵינֵי כָּל-יִשְׂרָאֵל

"And with all the mighty hand,
and with all the fearsome acts,
which Moses displayed
in the sight of all Israel

Some commentators,
including the Ramban,
interpret the last line differently
and actually closer
to the literal meaning, namely
that Moses עשה re-made
the eyes (especially the inner eye)
of Israel so that they could then "see"
the spiritual dimension,
not just read or talk about it.

And this is my modest hope and intention
to "envision" the Torah teachings
and prepare us for the
Messianic  Period
when we all will see the Glory of God:

ונגלה כבוד ה' וראו כל בשר יחדיו


Torah as the Heart - לב

It is significent that when the last letter
of the Torah - the Lamed ל
in the word ישראל
is connected to the first letter
of the Torah - the Bais ב
in the word בראשית
as is achieved in the readings
of Simchat Torah)
we create the word לב
the Divine Heart
which constantly pulsates
in our lives and experiences.



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