Parshat VaYishlach – וישלח

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

Jacob Wrestling With Angel

When Yakov (Jacob) crossed the Yabok River,
which has deep mystical implications.
he encountered the Angel of Eisav (Esau),
with whom he wrestled the entire night
of the symbolic Galut גלות
and mundane consciousness.
At the redeeming “Dawn” גאולה
the Angel conceded
the battle and from then on
Jacob was called Israel ישראל
(which can be read in Hebrew,
ישר א-ל Direct to G-d)
the highest spiritual connection.
(Genesis 32:26)

Solace in Sorrow: The Birth of Benjamin


וַיְהִי בְּצֵאת נַפְשָׁהּ כִּי מֵתָה
וַתִּקְרָא שְׁמוֹ בֶּן אוֹנִי וְאָבִיו קָרָא לוֹ בִנְיָמִין.

And then as her soul was departing,
for she was dying,
she named him Ben-Onee
(son of my sorrow)
but his father named him Ben-Yamin,
which could refer to his being
the only son born in the South
(the land of Canaan – Israel)
or the son born in the “days”
of his old age.

This Parsha is always read during
the month of Kislev whose emanating Tribe
according to Sefer Yetzira is Benjamin.

Afterwards Yakov (Jacob) set up
a monument at her grave
by the roadside in Bethlehem
and continued on his journey,
which is an important instruction
on our mourning process.
(Genesis 35:16)

As he later confessed to Joseph,
Yakov regreted that Rachel would not
be buried in the Kever Hamachpela,
but was driven by a prophetic vision
that Rachel’s tomb would be a source
of comfort and solace for the Israelites
passing it on the way to Babylonian Exile
and the promise for their Return.

וְיֵשׁ תִּקְוָה לְאַחֲרִיתֵךְ…וְשָׁבוּ בָנִים לִגְבוּלָם

There is hope in your final destiny…
and the sons will return to their borders
(Jeremiah 31:16)

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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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