Parshat VaYakhel Pekudei – ויקהל פקודי


Sabbath Without Anger

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

space1amixed 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

ALTAR1amixed materials on canvas 30″ x 40″ (76 x 102 cm)

The Altar in the Mishkan and the Temple
(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.


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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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