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The Cherubs on the Ark of the Covenant – A Visual Paradigm for Dialogue

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January 27th, 2014


The Torah portion of Terumah in the Book of Exodus discusses the details of the Sanctuary in which God dwells. The first vessel related to in detail in this portion is the Ark of the Covenant, above which are the two CHERUBS (Exodus 25: 10-23). While the Holy Ark contains the Torah–God’s eternal wisdom–His voice and ongoing directives emanate from between the joined wingtips of the two cherubs, who symbolize the consummate love of delights between God and the people of Israel.
Not always were the cherubs in a state of harmony, at times they “moved themselves” back-to-back and in opposition, reflecting God’s anger when Israel did not follow the ways of the Torah, according to the teachings of the Midrash. The concept of the “changing faces” of the cherub statues became for me a stimulus and visual imputus for my Dialogue paintings, which has been a major preoccupation of mine for the last decade, based on a simple illusionist form of two cartoon faces in confrontation.
Its artistic expansion and development may have been also inspired by my studies of the teachings of the noted philosopher, Martin Buber (the famous I-THOU / I-IT paradigm) and its application in modern Gestalt psychology. The I-THOU Dialogues show two faces in harmony and balance,
while in the I-IT paintings (which I call Anti-logues), the second face is diminished or non-existent.

SLIDE SHOW on the Dialogues:


Several of the dialogues can also fit the context of the SEVEN DEADLY SINS:




Author: Dov Lederberg

Dov Lederberg grew up in the Philadelphia area (Central HS 211) and began his involvement in the arts at Haverford College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Fine Arts, concentrating on the experimental film and became an active film-maker within The New American Underground. In the late Sixties Dov studied in yeshivas in NYC and Israel. Between 1970 and 1994 he worked as an independent film director, mainly for Israel Television, making documentary and educational films. Since 1983 Dov has been deeply involved in using new art mediums and techniques to express the subtle ideas of Jewish mystical teachings and meditation. His current work is involved with kabbalah mandalas and visual paradigms for dialogue, triptychs and wax congealings, polymer emulsions, essentially creating an evocative 'gestalt' which invites the viewer's active interaction and interpretation. His paintings and video art are exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and Israel. Dov lives in Tzfat (Safed) Israel but makes frequent trips abroad for exhibitions and lectures. Only a small number of Dov's numerous works are exhibited in this site, the public is invited to view his expanded site at and if there is an interest in a purchase, please contact the artist via email.

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