Parshat VaYeishev — וישב

000wax09w2airbrushed acrylics on canvas 40″ x 30″ (102 x 76 cm)

Being Thrown into an “Empty” Pit

ָוַיַּשְׁלִכוּ אֹתוֹ הַבֹּרָה וְהַבּוֹר רֵק אֵין בּוֹ מָיִם

They (the brothers) threw him (Joseph)
into the Pit
and the pit was empty without water.

The Rabbis teach us that
since the pit was “without water”
it was not completely empty
but contained snakes and scorpions.

The Pit can seen as our metaphor
for our thinking process
and if the input is without the
“waters” of Torah and the spiritual
it will never be empty and thus
susceptible to the negativism
of the Extraneous Forces.


Joseph & Potiphera’s Wife

aapotipheramixed materials on canvas 40″ x 40″ (102 x 102 cm)

Joseph (a small thumb like figure with
beret in bottom middle)

was tempted by Potiphera’s wife
(depicted as a giant cobra on top),
but resisted when he saw a telepathic vision
of his saintly father – Yitzchak (Isaac)
(small apparation on middle left).

We also can be helped against our temptations
by having visually accesible
a photograph or painting of a holy rabbi.
such as the portraits of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
by my deceased wife, Yael Avi-Yonah OBM

newrebbe02webxFreehand acrylic on canvas : 31 1/2″ x 27″ (80 x 69 cm)
Quality poster :14 1/2″ x 12 1/2 (37 x 32 cm)

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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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