Your name, in Hebrew, is hidden in my paintings. Really. Everyone’s is!
Not only that, but the basic parts of the name of the Creator, referred to as HaShem (The Name) by observant orthodox Jews, is actually physically present, but hidden in everyone’s Hebrew name — and therefore also all of my UnGraven Image paintings.
To begin with, everyone, including you, has a kind of biblical style name in Hebrew. This includes everyone who is not Jewish. It does not matter what language their name(s) derive from, there is either a Hebrew version or one’s name or the name can be transliterated into Hebrew because Hebrew is a phonic language.
For instance, imagine winning a wonderful prize so that an article is written about you in The Jerusalem Post. The Post will probably either transliterate your name into Hebrew. This is the same thing that The Washington Post does with any Israeli’s person’s name — they translate it into English, using the way the name sounds English speakers’ ears.
Below is a picture of Israeli artist Yaacov Agam. Yaacov Agam is know for his sculptures, optical, and kinetic art, which may involve the use of light and sound. All of his work that I have seen is very colorful, like the building he turned into art and stands in front of below.
The name Yaacov is the way the Hebrew name that we know as Jacob is actually pronounced in Hebrew. When the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1980, the New York Times used the transliteration of his Hebrew name, which is Yaacov, in their coverage of the event. Likewise when Americans with anglicized biblical Hebrew names, such as Jacob visit Israel, the Israeli papers would transliterate those names so that they sound more the way we pronounce them.
Names are important and have significance in the Bible, beginning with the Creator’s naming of Adam, whose name means red and refers to the earth (dirt) from which he was formed. There are many biblical references to people who are only known to us by their names and the information as to who begat them and who in turn they begat.
Names reflect one’s relationship with the Lord. Sari and Abram’s names are changed to Sarah and Abraham, denoting their new status. Jacob becomes named Israel after wrestling with the angel.
Adam’s first job is to name the animals, because by naming them he forms a relationship with each one. The idea that knowing someone’s name puts us in relationship continues when we meet people today.
“Every one that is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory, I have formed him, yea, I have made him.” — Isaiah 43 7
How can someone be called by HaShem’s name? And which name would that be, since the Creator has many?
The most common name in the Bible for HaShem is the Yud-Hay-Vav-Hey, which has been often transliterated (mistakenly) as Jehovah.
In Torah font Hebrew all of the letters can be created from a yud like a comma only in top placement —
and a vav (resembles a plain capital “i” with a tiny top to the left, also described as a spear.
This makes Hebrew also a binary language of yuds and vavs. Every letter in Torah fornt Hebrew can be created uing combinations of vavs and/or yuds.
Heys are comprised of two vavs and a yud. In the yud-hey-vav-hey there are two heys. Thus the Great Name is comprised of five vavs and three yuds. Please note that Hebrew reads frem right to left, unlike English that reads from left to right.
Below is an image of the sacred Yud-Hey-Vav-hHey name, called Jehovah by Christians. Since both the Yud and Vav are depicted above, the two look-alike letters below. are the Heys.
Below is the Yud-Hey-Vav-Hey created from only Vavs and Yuds. This depiction is somewhat stylized so the vavs and heys are easily seen. No one would actually write the letters this way. Instead, the vavs in the heys would somewhat overlap, and the spear-like tops of the vavs would not be as prominent.
It is easy to dissect any Hebrew name or word into the basic number of vavs and heys necessary to create all the letters.
My Hebrew name is Yehudi Rachel, but let’s just focus on my first name, Yehudi, which is spelled, yud-hey-vav-dalet-yud.
The letter dalet is composed of two vavs in torah font. Thus my first name equals 5 vavs and three yuds – actually the same number of yuds and vavs in the Great Name. So, it’s like a hidden the Great Name for the Divine One is hidden in my name!
In the example above we only used my first name. However, using my full Hebrew name would have yielded many more yuds and vavs. This is true for anyone’s full name in Hebrew. For example the first Hebrew letter of Rachel is a letter named Resh. It makes the same phonetic sound as the English letter “R”. A resh in Torah font is created from two vavs, The first letter in Hebrew is an Aleph. It is a silent letter, but used frequently. It is created from one vav and two yuds. The vavs and yuds add up quickly in words and names created in Torah font!
Since I paint using the Hebrew Torah font letters (yuds and vavs for every stroke, which combine into letters) from original Hebrew texts, the yuds and vavs necessary for your Hebrew name are in each and every one of my paintings many times over, even hundreds of times for the larger works. Not only that but the actual letters themselves are in each and every painting to create your full name in Hebrew many times over even in a postcard size painting.
A few years ago there were a series of New York Times bestsellers about a finding called The Bible Code. Essentially, names and events in history are reportedly contained in the Hebrew Bible, such as JFK’s assassination. The idea is that the words are hidden in grids that can run left to right, right to left, horizontally or diagonally. In this same way everyone’s name is possibly found in the Hebrew Bible, or importantly the Torah ( Pentateuch), which is considered to be the Book of Life. In the Bible Code the grids are two dimensional and no letters overlap.
If we think of the letters of the Words of God like atoms that we cannot see, but we know combine to make up the compounds of our world, we can easily understand that they overlap. Actually, the Hebrew Torah font letters are theologically understood by the theology of every denomination and branch of Judaism and Christianity, to be the smallest building blocks of the physical universe. This would make the letters to be much like the strings of string theory. [The correlations between the Hebrew Torah font letters and the strings of elementary physic’s string theory are amazing. To see more check out the video, Painting with the Big Bang of Genesis, which is found on the left column of the ungravenimage.com/blog, on ungravenimage.com, and also on You Tube. In the video you will see a painting being created using the Hebrew Torah font letters. It will visually show you how the letter-strokes overlap, interweave, and how all of the letters needed to create your name are hidded –scattered –around in the painting.
In a similar way, the letters that make up most everyone’s name translated into Hebrew should be able to be found actually touching or overlapping, vertically, horizontally and/or diagonally in any direction since there are many layers of letters in my UnGraven Image artworks. My paintings are really many layers of letters of scripture texts.
Thus, in my paintings our names coexist in scripture texts simultaneously. I was somewhat stunned when I first figured this out, or rather “saw” it in my mind. It seems to mean that each painting is both uniquely intimate for individuals and yet universal. Since this is being posted as a blog article, I would be very interested in any feedback, whether from a theological or artistic view.
Thus, your name, in Hebrew, is hidden in my paintings. Really! Everyone’s is.
Not only that, but the name of the Creator, referred to as HaShem (The Name) by observant orthodox Jews, is actually physically present, but hidden in everyone’s Hebrew name.
What do you think? Please leave your comment below.
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