Parshat Pinchas — פינחס

mixed materials and moire screens 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 רוח 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 use of force.

About the Author
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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