Kosher Sex

Judaism does not view sexual relations in the proper context
as something dirty or sinful, but as an experience
with the potential for expanded consciousness
and even the possibility for mystical revelation.
This is implied in the midrashic interpretation of the Song of Songs
and throughout the Zohar, which likens the relation of G-d to his faithful
to that of groom and bride, a man and his wife.
There is a problem for me as an observant (and possibly observing) Jew
 to visualize this metaphor on canvas
but I am helped by the possibilities of abstract and gestalt art
which can elevate the so-called "animal act" into
something more sublime and even transcendental.
Dealing with this attempt is a selection from my various paintings
on this web site, especially from the Dialogue series,
the Congealings series , the Triptych series
and the Songs series
which can be surfed by those who would
like to see additional examples.

Dialogue #17 - Harmony

  acrylics on canvas

40" x 40"  (102 x 102 cm)

Dialogue #22 - See-Saw

  acrylics on canvas

40" x 40"  (102 x 102 cm)


Dialogue #27 - Marriage

  acrylics on canvas
37" x 37"  (94 x 94 cm)

Dialogue #33 - The Shechina

acrylics on canvas

37" x 37"  (94 x 94 cm)

The three partners in a marriage:
the man, his wife and the Shechina
(the indwelling of the divine spirit)


Dialogue #35 - Love in Outer Space
Outer Space

  acrylics on canvas

33" x 33"  (84 x 84 cm)

The Mystery of Conception (A Visual Amulet for Fertility)

acrylics on canvas
26" x 62"  (66 x 158 cm)

The physical act of "conception" in holiness is a very high
spiritual dimension and ultimately
beyond what we can possibly conceive.


Image size 18" x 12 1/2" (46 x 32 cm)  Signed by the artist.

Put it in your bedroom and nine months later: Mazal Tov! Mazal Tov!

Portal to Infinity

acrylics on canvas
26" x 62"  (66 x 158 cm)

We are sometimes given the chance
to enter a portal leading to
expansive conciousness,
if the "guardians" at the entrance
(our self -preserving ego)
will only let us pass

Transcendental Aura
acrylics on canvas
30" x 40"  (76 x 101 cm)

Conceiving the Universe

acrylics on canvas
30" x 30"  (76 x 76 cm)

Looking at painting with anaglyphic glasses
reveals its masculine/feminine components


Masculine and Feminine Waters


acrylics on canvas
20" x 20" (51x51 cm)

The triangular form or vector pointing upward
is called by the Kabbalah -  the "feminine waters",
the movement or aspiration from below
to reach a spiritual height, such as in prayer.

Turning the painting upside down


   transforms it to the "masculine waters",
  the vector of bringing spiritual energy
 into the "vessels" of the mundane world.


Tenderness (Sine-Curves)


acrylics on canvas
36" x 28" (92 x 71 cm)
Many of the paintings may be available as prints and giclees, please inquire:

Songs # 2


acrylics on canvas
36" x 28" (92 x 71 cm)

Songs # 8


acrylics on canvas
  24" x 18" (61 x 46 cm)

Songs # 10


acrylics on canvas
  18" x 24" (46 x 61 cm)

See also Psych Scapes



Serious collectors interested in the original paintings or signed airbrushed variations within a
limited series or "family" of similar (but never exactly the same) paintings should contact:

mobile: 052-662-7620

USA telephone: 1-720-477-6433
Canada telephone: 1-438-792-0806

Mailing address:
POB 25, Tzfat (Safed) Israel 1310001

email: dovlederberg@gmail.com

You or anyone you know who may be visiting Northern Israel
are invited to our studio/gallery at Alkabetz 11 (near Kossov synagogue)
  The Old City,Tzfat (Safed) Israel.
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