Nissan – ניסן @ Sefer Yetzira

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The Tribe (and gemstone) for Nissan is Judah
JUDAH יהודה was inscribed on the Nofech נפך
which some commentators believe
was a bluish-green carbuncle.
The gem is said to have an efficacy in
achieving victory over one’s 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.
The desert banner of Judah
contained a picture of a crouching lion
and a gestalt of its profile
may be discerned in the painting.
גור אריה יהודה
Judah is a young lion (Genesis 49:9)

The letter HAI ה permeates this month.

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The form of the Letter Hai
has two perpendicular lines
representing Thought and Speech
and a detached YOD (Hand)
representing Action.
It being upside down
suggests pregnancy and birth.

The letter HAI is the phonetic source
for all 22 letters of the alef-beit.
The sages teach us that
“with the letter HAI God created this world.”
from the phrase in Genesis (2:4):

אֵלֶּה תוֹלְדוֹת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְהָאָרֶץ בְּהִבָּרְאָם

These are the generations of the Heaven
and of the Earth when they were created
The last word can be read:
ב”ה” בָּרְאָם
They were created with the Letter HAI

Thus, the month of Nisan signifies
the annual renewal of the creation of this world.

The Attribute or Sense for Nissan is Speech
the ability to express to another
one’s deepest feelings and insights.

This is the secret of Pesach and the Hagada
celebrating the freedom of speech
with the redemption from Egypt
which is the existential state of confinement
and the inability to truly express oneself.
These ideas are further elaborated
in my videoart in YouTube:
Voyage into the Matza Interior



The Controling Limb of the month is the Right Foot
the direction of Chesed and beginning of the
performance of the Mitzvot.

The Zodaic sign for Nissan is
Aries – The Ram – טלה

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The ram or lamb symbolizes the Pesach sacrifice,
the first sacrifice of the Jewish people
to God just before their redemption.
Of all of God’s creations, the ram possesses
the innate ability to arouse mercy by its voice
and the sound of the Shofar.

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Dov Lederberg is engaged in the converging vectors of art and science, but receives added inspiration from Kabbalah teachings & meditation and tries to create visual forms (in paintings on canvas but also video art) conducive to mystical experience and self-transformation. 
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