(Bar/ Bat Mitzvah's Name)
MORDECHAI AND VAYECHI
(Torah Parasha and Bar/Bat Mitzvah's Name)
MARLENE BURNS Abstract Painting and Photography
COMMISSIONED/ CUSTOM PAINTINGS USING HEBREW WORDS
(GIVEN NAME, FAMILY NAME, TORAH PARASHA, SHTETL, ETC)
In Modern Hebrew, Kavod means honor and respect. Giving Kavod is a guiding principle in Judaism.
The mitzvot direct us to give honor to G-d, the Torah, our parents and one another.
Each letter of the word contributes to the depth of its meaning and visual expression.
KAF is the first letter of Kavod.
The kaf has a diacritical mark in the middle that determines the pronunciation.
The round shape of this dagesh represents the concept of Kavod: a complete circle
of giving honor to those who have honored us… with their dedication, energy, resources and love.
Kaf is also the first letter of the word Kavanah. We give Kavod with the same,
genuine intention with which we pray and fulfill the commandments.
VET is the first letter of the Torah. As stated in Pirkei Avot,
“The one who honors the Torah, will be honored by others.”
VAV is a complex letter in the Hebrew alphabet. It can be a vowel or a consonant.
When it is placed at the beginning of a word, it means ‘and.’
Connection is an essential element of Kavod. The vav reminds us of a bond/partnership,
whether it is between G-d and us, Torah and us or between one another.
DALET is the fourth letter of the alphabet; the number four alludes to
the tetragrammaton of G-d’s unspoken name, Yod, Hey, Vav, Hey.
According to gematria, the numerical value of Kavod is 32. The value of the word lev (heart)
is also 32. It is no coincidence that our hearts are connected to Kavod.
Biblically, our people have fulfilled many mitzvot with willing and loving hearts.
In this artistic expression, genuine intention flows from the kaf toward the heavens. The dagesh
is highlighted with the letter yod, a reference to the 10 commandments which includes
“Honor (Kabed) your father and your mother.”
Above the vet is an image of the Torah. Below the vet, a copper path leads to it.
Flowing from the vav are two intertwining threads that represent partnership and connection.
The dalet has four echoing lines, highlighting the significance of the number four in Judaism.
The word Kavod is suspended amid metallic colors of gold, silver and copper that
the artist uses to represent religious subject matter and holy realms.