The Lights of Chanukah


A Lamp of G-d Is a Man’s Soul:
Video Kabbalah Meditations on the Lights of Chanukah
in eight modules of 4-5 minutes
for a total of 36 minutes.

A video art composition based on
special effects and feedback interface
with the actual burning lights
of the Chanukah menorah
but having an artistic and universal relevance
not restricted
to the Jewish holiday alone or a Jewish audience.
Some low definition samples from the composition
(with a sound track) are available on YouTube:

The First Light (Binah בינה)



The Second Light (Chesed חסד)



The Fourth Light (Tiferet תפארת)


The Seventh Light (Yesod יסוד)


The Eighth Light (Malchut מלכות)


An important source of inspiration are
Kabbalah teachings
about the “lights”, relating them to the Sefirot
or emanations of the soul.
Each of the modules is constructed
with a special color scheme and visual dance
which correlates to ideas about the specific Sefirot.

Missing” from the eight lights
are two Sefirot to make
the classic Etz Chaim model of Ten Sefirot.
The ninth Sefira is the Shamash or candle
that kindles all the other lights but is not “counted”
representing the more ineffable Chachmah or Wisdom.
The Tenth Sefira represents Keter or Crown
and is the unseen Light
that hovers over and surrounds
the people celebrating the holiday.

An added input is a meditation
suggested by the great Safad kabbalist
of the 15th century, the Holy Ari (Luria),
which is to visualize in the flames
upon lighting the candles each night
as a marriage or “zivug”
of the letter nun נ in the Shamash,
with each of the last eight letters
of the Hebrew alphabet:
the First Night נ-ס Miracle
the Second Night נ-ע Move on
and so on until we
reach the Eighth Night ת-נ Give.

All of the eight consecutive
combinations make
(sometimes in reverse order)
a two-letter word in Hebrew
(itself a very rare occurrence).

Somehow these two letter “words”
do mysteriously appear
in the modules and not because
of any premeditation on my part.

Hebrew Explanation – עברית

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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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