Dov Lederberg


The Hug, acrylics on canvas, 36″ x 28″ (92 x 71 cm)

One of the most profound Sukkot meditations
is that entering its spiritual space is
to experience being “hugged” by the Shechena,
the Divine Presence.
On Rosh HaShanah we were “back-to-back”
with God, looking in opposite directions.
Our prayers and supplications
during the following two weeks
caused a mutual turn around
and we could then face each other
and embrace in love and joy.

The Kiss, acrylics & mixed materials on canvas, 23″ x 17″ (59 x 44 cm)

The Love increases in intensity
on Hoshanah Rabah
during which one of the Four Species,
the Willow Leaf
which has the shape of a mouth
is an important part of the service.


This symbolizes the state of kissing
as expressed in the Song of Songs:
יִשָּׁקֵנִי מִנְּשִׁיקוֹת פִּיהוּ
Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth

Acrylics on canvas, 30″ x 30″ (76 x 76 cm)

To be “kissed by God”
is to receive a chassidic insight
on the words of the Torah.
This process reaches a climax
on Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah
when Israel and the Shechena
achieve a complete unity.

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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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