Heh of Creation
20" X 20"
acrylic on canvas, wooden disk
This piece is an artistic exploration of the 4th verse of the second chapter of Genesis, "These are the generations of the heavens and the land on the day that they were created, on the day that The Lord, God made land and heaven."
אֵלֶּה תוֹלְדוֹת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְהָאָרֶץ בְּהִבָּרְאָם בְּיוֹם עֲשׂוֹת יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים אֶרֶץ וְשָׁמָיִם.
There are 3 things that stand out in this verse where the sages of the Talmud and Midrash developed some mystical insights. The number one significant part of this verse is that it is the very first time in the Torah where the Tetragrammaton, the 4-lettered Divine Name, (Shem Havaya), appears. The second puzzling thing is that in Genesis 1:1, the Torah states that the heavens preceded the land in creation, whereas, here, the land precedes the heavens. The third thing is that in the Torah scroll, a very small Hebrew letter,"Heh" is written in the word בְּהִבָּרְאָם "were created" and because this term is in a strange, passive form, the Rabbis read the word as b' "heh" bar'am, meaning, that using the letter "Heh" as a tool did God create the land.