Parshat Ki Sisa – כי תשא


The Cosmic Man – What Moses Saw

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 by 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

The Fiery Face of Moses


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.

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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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