Art
Kabbalah and Healing


Kabbalah is the various teachings
dealing with Jewish mysticism,
its prime source being
the Sefer HaZohar, the Book of Splendor,
based on the teachings of
Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai,
who lived in the Second Century.


The common translation
of the word Kabbalah is "receiving",
implying that the teachings were originally
 and are still best transmitted
from master to disciple.


Another interesting variant meaning
from the same Hebrew root word K-B-L קבל

and its first appearance in the Torah
refers to the parallel loops  מַקְבִּילֹת הַלֻּלָאֹת
on the edges of the curtains
in the Mishkan (Exodus 26:5)
and which mystical teachings interpret
to "find parallels" or analogues 


between the dimensions of 

Space, Time and Soul.


Kabbalah and Art
may seem to be contradictory,
because of Judaism's long iconoclastic tradition
the only "art" seemingly tolerated
being the artisanship of ritual objects,
such as candelabra and spice boxes.
However, the text of Zohar,
is very stimulating visually

always enjoining the reader
"to come and see"
(as opposed to the Talmud,
which states "it was heard")
and can help the artist who studies it seriously
to attain an expansive consciousness
for creating inspired work.


Kabbalah Art and Healing

In the dialogue relating to healing, art and Judaism,
it is helpful to have the perspective that “illness”,
particularly the whole range of
mental disorders, even normal tension,
is the result of a “constricted” consciousness,
which is called in the Kabbalah:
MiTZRayim - מצרים
the Hebrew name for Egypt,
connected to words with
the Hebrew root M-TZ-R מצר
meaning straits and constriction.
(It is interesting to note that the suffix "ayim" ים
in the word Mitzrayim connates a doubling effect,
as if to imply a "constriction within a constriction".
That is to say a person who is (perhaps happily)
completely unaware of his constricted view of life.)
The responsibility of the healer is
to help deliver his patient
from his mental "Egypt" to achieve
a new and expansive vision
of his life and mission.
The constricted mundane consciousness
is often described in the Kabbalah
as the Elo-kim אלו-הים mode,
a world ruled only by natural & rational laws.
Expansive consciousness is the
Yod-Kay-Vav-Kay י-ה-ו-ה mode,
which implies
the Past, the Present and the Future,
together and simultaneously,
and is the essence of the Jewish religious faith.
This mode name is so holy
that we substitute in a secular context
just the word: HaShem השם: The Name.
The above approach,
especially in the areas of the rejuvenation of prayer
and holiday observance & verbal oriented meditation

is commonly practiced
in many synagogues and havurot.

Our innovation is its implementation

in the visual arts.

There is a saying: “You are what you eat”.
We would change it to:

You are what you hang up on your walls”.

Certainly, the quality and direction
of a person’s daily visual stimuli
must have an influence on his/her mood
and can be a springboard
to profound spiritual meditation.
We would argue that in the Judaic tradition,
usually thought of as essentially iconoclastic,
according to the misinterpretation of the percept,
not to make a “graven image”,
there are many areas
which are especially appropriate
to visual meditation
and a source of inspiration for the artist.


1. The
Sacred Letters or the Hebrew letters according
to the scribal style that appears in the Torah scroll.

2. Meditations and Imaginings on the Jewish Star
(in this example, a different view of the Holocaust),
the Tree of Life diagram of the sephirot and
visions of the Third Temple and Future Jerusalem .

3. Images of the Dialogue-Antilogue series ,
suggesting through abstract forms and archetypes
the intimate relationship between a man and his wife,
the most potent kabbalistic metaphor for spiritual connection.

4. In general, abstract art, or more precisely
illusionist or “gestalt” art,
can be become a strong stimulant to meditation,
since it invites the active participation of the viewer
with the endless possibility of seeing “new things”,
thus eliciting multi-layered expansive consciousness.


5. The use of the Golden Section (Fibonacci series),
Cubes and Supercubes, Spiral Helixes and Fractals,
all of which are hinted at
in Jewish philosophy and in particular the Kabbalah.

Finally we can our suggest our Torah based sites:

Parshat HaShavua - the weekly Torah Reading

Sefer Yetzira

Jewish and Chassidic Holidays



Sinceseeing is believing”
we invite you to test our “thesis”
by viewing samples of our work at our web site.

Just follow the menus and the links:

Links to recommended sites on Kabbalah:

The Gal Einai Home Page

Kabbalah Online

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