Illuminating Letters: Paintings and Essays on the Kabbalah


Illuminating Letters: Paintings and Essays on the Kabbalah
explores the luminous paintings and illuminated letter prayers of the Hebrew alphabet by Elizabeth Fergus-Jean. The book contains three essays by noted religious and depth psychology scholar Christine Downing, Judaism specialist Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, and the artist. The essays take very personal yet ultimately converging paths in illuminating the powers of the Hebrew alphabet. Fergus-Jean’s essay explores the life-long arc of her relationship and understanding of Images and recalls how she was drawn to working with the Hebrew alphabet. This process includes her multidimensional opening up to the alphabet and the Kabbalah, and how the Letters themselves actively participated in selecting the materials that she used to create their forms. She shares the details of painting the letter Aleph, and how its form led her to a higher revelation, hearing the Letter speak to her within my being. Downing’s is a memoir of sorts, exploring both personal and historic aspects of the evolution of the symbolic language of the letters. Rabbi Gottlieb discusses the depth dimensions of the psycho-spiritual significance of the Hebrew alphabet via academic and historical perspectives.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Illuminating Letters: Portfolio