In my latest work, the “Hamsa” project, I mix different symbols from my own culture with various other cultures and create a surreal combination of different beliefs. Each hamsa is a window or a frame to a different dimension, a dimension where symbols and beliefs meet and manifest into a surreal picture. Each piece touches a deep subject of life, like the Major Arcana in a deck of Tarot cards. These subjects reflect a deep aspect of life and the human soul.
The hamsa, a five-fingered hand, is one of the world's oldest icons. It is an old and still popular amulet for magical protection. The image draws its name from the Arabic word hamsa ("five") or hamesh (“five” in Hebrew), and its symbolism predates the rise of monotheism. Powers of healing and protection are ascribed to this traditional Middle Eastern amulet, which according to the tradition, protects the ones who display it in their homes or wear it on their bodies. Many believers place the hamsa in their homes and at their work places to ward off the envious "evil eye". Other symbols appear in the palm of the traditional Hamsa hand: The eye, which is thought to be a powerful symbol against the “evil eye”; the fish, which is thought to be immune to the “evil eye” and a sign of good luck and fortune; and the Hebrew words/letters, which are believed to have a powerful energy.
An alternative Islamic name for the Hamsa charm is “The Hand of Fatima,” in reference to the daughter of Mohammed. An alternative Jewish name for it is “The Hand of Miriam,” in reference to the sister of Moses and Aaron. There is good archaeological evidence to suggest that the Hamsa hand originated from an ancient Middle Eastern religion that predates most modern religions, and refers to an ancient Middle Eastern goddess whose hand wards off the “evil eye”.
In addition to combining different beliefs and concepts in this project, I am also creating a mirror for these two cultures to see that they are so different, yet so similar.
This project highlights not only the similarities of Judaism and other faiths, but also the similarities of the origins of mankind.
I am humbly creating it as a gesture of hope, peace, and prosperity for the ongoing conflict in my country, Israel.
here represents a space full of opportunities and fertility.
Each one of the sperms has a sense of direction it’s heading to.
The feminine eye that bares the baby is a sign of protection.
And the fish is a strong symbol of a good fortune.
This surreal scene could take place in two different dimensions. The first one being the biological microscopic dimension, which in it, every egg is being fertilized with a sperm to create life. The second dimension is the infinite space and the universe. The little worlds represent that every life created in the universe is a world of its own, and that every world in the universe is a form of life. It also comes to suggest that the tiniest particles and the largest objects in space are all the same. This is the micro of the cosmos.
The seven blessings (prosperity, success, love, health, blessing, joy and luck) are surrounding the Hamsa.
The white dove and the olive leaf are symbols of peace or goodwill.
The fish symbolizes good fortune, and the eye is a powerful sign of protection,
as it wards off the “evil eye”.
“LIFE HAMSA” / OM MANDALA
That first sound, Ohm. Each flower is a form of life that represents beauty.
The large mandala flower in the middle is what sustains life in the little Om mandala flowers which are connected to it. It is a symbol of how life expands and grows, continuously.
In the main mandala’s center, there is the eye of all existence, the Om.
Loosely it means God, not in the sense that Western religion defines God, but as an awareness, a natural law of metaphysics, the collective consciousness, the Self.
It’s a sacred syllable that represents both the un-manifested (nirguna) and manifested (saguna) aspects of God and existence. The golden word written in the center in Sanskrit is “Pranava” which means "humming." Pranava is the sound of Om, the primal sound that existed before creation, and the form of sound of the Supreme Luminance.
The meditators of this mantra reach the path to Eternal Bliss of the Formless Nameless God.
Pranava also means that it sustains life and runs through the breathing.
According to Kabbalah, a human being’s ultimate desire is a desire for light.
Furthermore, this light is everywhere. It is the most common substance in the universe. It fills the cosmos and saturates our reality.
This light is infinite, boundless, and always ready to fulfill more than we can imagine. The “light” contains an infinite amount of “colors” and “shades”.
In other words, every conceivable form of fulfillment and pleasure that a soul can yearn for is contained within the light. This includes the joy of sex and the ecstasy of chocolate. It also includes the force of healing, the power of prosperity, and the bliss of a loving passionate relationship. Light also consists of the force that we call intuition. It’s the magic that attracts the right people and the right opportunities into our lives. It’s the force that activates our immune system, the inner spirit that arouses hope and optimism within us each morning we wake up, and the fuel that generates our self-motivation to seek more out of life.
“Love is in the air” - In this Hamsa, the butterflies in the airy sky represent love and freedom. They also represent the “butterfly effect” which means that every action we take affects the collective energy in the world, and if an action of love is taken, it creates love all around us.
The nature of love cannot be violent or forceful. Therefore, people connect through it. It's a language of colors, smells, sounds and spirits. The closest translation of God.
“My vision for the world is for people to be united through love.
A borderless land where all are citizens of the planet and are responsible for the environment, their neighbors and themselves; A world of compassion, where people embrace the difference between themselves, seeing the value of life as sacred before any land, money or greed, and creating a win-win in society”.
If we would be able to look through a global point of view (the eye in the middle), we would be able to recognize all beings on earth as our family and not just those who share our blood, regardless of ideologies or geographical locations. Then we’ll see the world as a whole, as one big human family.
Adopting this point of view, which recognizes that each person is but a limb of planet earth, and we as a whole are but a limb of the universe, will bring peace to all. This Hamsa is a gesture of hope, peace, and prosperity for the ongoing
conflict in my country, Israel. And for a world of peace.