ALEPH as ERETZ ISRAEL, Land of Israel
Cm 24 x 24 x 5
Plaster, water, pigment, electronic circuits.
Hand made and signed by the italian jewish sculptor Gabriele Levy
- Aleph is the first letter of the hebrew alphabet.
- The gematria of aleph is one.
- This letter represents God: One, Unique and Eternal.
Aleph in jewish mysticism represents the oneness of God.
Aleph begins the three words that make up God's mystical name in Exodus, "I Am Who I Am" (in hebrew, ehyeh asher ehyeh), and aleph is an important part of mystical amulets and formulas.
The letter can be seen as being composed of an upper yod, a lower yod, and a vav leaning on a diagonal. The upper yod represents the hidden and ineffable aspects of God while the lower yod represents God's revelation and presence in the world. The vav ("hook") connects the two realms.
Aleph is the first letter of the hebrew word emet, which means truth.
Aleph is the subject of a midrash that praises its humility in not demanding to start the Torah. (The Torah begins with the second letter of the alphabet, bet).
In this folktale, aleph is rewarded by being allowed to start the Ten Commandments.
In jewish mythology, it was the letter aleph that was carved into the head of the golem that ultimately gave it life.
Jewish mysticism relates aleph to the element of air, the fool (key 0, value 1) of the major arcana of the tarot deck, and the scintillating intelligence of the path between Kether and Chokmah in the Tree of the Sephiroth.
In the hebrew alphabet, the letters aleph and lamed can form a ligature.
The ligature appears in some pre-modern texts (mainly religious), or in judeo-arabic texts, where that combination is very frequent, since the written aleph plus lamed, in the hebrew script, is the definite article in arabic: al.
All the great things you do with a first small step. Brick by brick you build a house, money for money you put on a fortune. The aleph,one, grows up and becomes eleph,thousand, simply changing a vowel.
But how can a human being average reach the wisdom of the Torah, which is as deep as the sea? How does a beginner starting to recognize a aleph to become an aluph,master by Torah?
The answer is given in the Torah itself: "why these precepts that I command you today is not an extraordinary thing over your forces nor are things away from you; It is not in the sky ... and even beyond the sea ... This thing is very close to you: it is in your mouth, in your heart because you can do it. " (Deuteronomy 30: 11)
To explain this a Midrash describes an ignoramus who enters the synagogue.
Seeing people who studied the Torah, he asked: "How can I investigate all this?"
Those who listened to him: "Starts with the alphabet, continues with the scriptures, and then go ahead with the Mishnà and the Ghemarà".
After hearing this, he thought, and concluded: "How am I going to study so much?".