Parshat VaEtchanan — ואתחנן

Achad – the Primordial Light

שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל ה’ אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה 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 a exactly a full-time 24/7 Zaddik,
a 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.

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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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