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The Hebrew letter featured in this painting is the VAV.
VAV is the 6th letter, has a numerical value of 6, is constructed of a single vertical line and means HOOK and makes a sound like the V in Victory.
When used as a vowel, Vav can sound like a long `o’ or a long `u.’ Translated it means AND. It is the GREAT CONNECTOR. Vav appears in the Four Letter name of God - Yud Hey Vav Hey.
“VAV is the sound of being joined. And VAV is a the sound of “and.” One “and” another” (Kushner, Lawrence. 1990. The Book of Letters: Sefer Otiyot..Woodstock: Jewish Lights Publishing. 35).
What does the letter VAV resemble? It is alluded to in the verse “He spreads out light like a garment” (Psalms 104:5). For VAV is nothing other than six directions [east, west, north south, up and down]? (Kaplan, Aryeh.
Sefer Yetzirah. The Book of Creation divides the Hebrew Letters into 3 categories:
3 mothers - Aleph Mem Shin,
7 doubles - Beit Gimel Dalet Caf Pey Resh Tav
and 12 elementals - Hey Vav Zayin Chet Zayin Tet Zayin Yud Zayin Lamed Nun Samech Ayin Tsade Kuf.
VAV is one of the elementals.
The 6 Sephirot represented by the Vav are - Chesed, Gevura, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod (Kaplan, Aryeh. 1979. Tr. The Bahir. York Beach: Samuel Weiser. 146-172).
The first word in Torah is Bereshit which means IN A BEGINNING. If you divide Bereshit into bara and sheet it means HE CREATED SIX [sheet is 6 in Aramaic] Six what? The 6 days in which creation was completed? (Zohar . 1984 Tr. Harry Sperling et al. New York: Soncino. 1:3b. 13).
In meditation, the Vav is a place where you can leave your body in order to descend to a deeper place.
March 27th, 2019
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