Shivvetee Gallery: Two Amulets

Yahava Shiviti

This series of four images below displays four stages in the production of a small, non-traditional Shiviti, produced for a Bat Mitzvah. The actual Shiviti is about 3 inches (7.5 cm) square. The Shiviti was produced using multiple layers of gold leaf, highly burnished, and multiple glazes of acrylic color, on calfskin parchment. The image protrays emerging emanations of Adoniy above and Yisroyel below, into Yahava, the Bat Mitzvah, taking her place among her people. Traditionally, a Shiviti ("Shivvetee" in Stevespell) is an inscription that includes the text "I will set Adoniy before me always," or in Hebrew, "shiviti Adoniy l'negdi tamid." It stands as a reminder of the constant presence of the Divine. For many people, a Shiviti may also act as a talisman and/or a focus for meditation and prayer.

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Spektrel Fiyer Shivvetee

The series of five images above displays five stages in the production of a small Shiviti, produced in honor of a Bar Mitzvah. The actual Shiviti is about 3 inches (7.5 cm) square. The image was produced using highly burnished gold leaf and acrylics, on calfskin parchment. The image portrays a visualization of the atom. It can also be seen as a complex mobius strip. On one side of the strip is a Jewish prayer/mantra in Hebrew. Its translation is on the other side: "The God of Hosts is with us; a stronghold is the God of Jacob. Selah!" Traditionally, a Shiviti will be crowned with the name of God written twice, one within the other. In this Shiviti, within the large Yud Hay Vuv Hay, it appears twice in English and twice in Hebrew.

Poetry, Writing, and Art by Stephen Berer © 2010. All rights reserved.