Tevet – טֵבֵת @ Sefer Yetzira


The Tribe associated with Tevet is Dan דן

The name: Dan דן in the חשן – Kho-shen
the Breastplate of the High Priest
was incised on the Leshem לשם stone,
which some commentators believe
was an orange topaz.
The stone (and the painting) have
“inverted” faces, hinting that from this tribe
would come many judges,
who had to show impartiality in judging
the rich and the poor
and examine every side of the issue.

דָּן יָדִין עַמּוֹ

Dan shall judge his people (Genesis 49:16)

So you can see one set of judges on the left
and if you stand on your head
or look at the revolving image below
you can perceive another set on the new left.


The banner of Dan in the desert
also contained a snake image,
hence the suggestion of reptilian scales.

יְהִי דָן נָחָשׁ עֲלֵי דֶרֶךְ

Let Dan be a snake on the path
(Genesis 49:17)

Dan’s innate tendency
to judge others critically
even with overly severe judgment
(the “evil eye”)
is likened to a snake,
who bites with the venom of anger.
The “evil eye” is the eye of the snake.

The Attribute for this month is Anger
and the rectification of Dan
(and all of us) comes through
arousing a holy anger
and righteous indignation
against the evil inclination in ourselves.

At the same time
we should promote our “good eye”
seeing others only with benevolence
which is hinted by the name of the month
Tevet טֵבֵת whose root
comes from טוב Good.

Connected to this process is the
Hebrew letter that permeates Tevet
namely the Ayin עין ע
which when spelled out means Eye,
as shown in video art below:


The “good” Eye or letter Ayin in the video
is in constant movement to achieve symmetry
and balance and battles the “evil” Eye who
transforms into angry cat eyes
and chaotic breakup.

According to Kabbalah teachings the source
of Anger and the evil eye comes from
the Liver which is the Organ or body part
associated with Tevet and its control
replicates the primordial struggle
between Eisav (Esau) the Liver
and Yakov (Jacob) the Heart
within Parshat Toldot


The Liver versus the Heart

Capricorn or גְּדִי (a young goat)
is the Zodiac sign or מזל of the month


The Rabbis associate this animal
with a young ten year old boy
(linking to Tevet – the tenth month)
who is always jumping up and down.
The gematria of טוב = 17 = גְּדִי (good).
One must happily play
(and jump up and down like a goat)
in order to rectify and sweeten
the anger latent in one’s animal soul.

This may explain why the last two-three days
of Chanukah and especially the
messianic Eighth Night זאת חנוכה

The Eighth Light (Malchut מלכות) :


initiate the month of Tevet:
days of darkness
and the bitter cold of winter,
the beginning of the destruction
of the Temple on the tenth of Tevet,
the passing away of great rabbis, such as
the Alter Rebbe, Rebbe Shneur Zalman
on the 24th of Tevet.

These Lights give us the power
to “play” through
this difficult period and the hope
for the eminent coming of the
Spring and the Geula – Redemption.

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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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