Out of study of the Kabbalah, other writings by Jewish mystics and the Hebrew language in general, I learned of what the ancients perceived as the elemental powers of the Hebrew alphabet itself. Rather than being simply a visual means of communication, the Hebrew characters were worshiped as sentient, intelligent entities, and as being the very first inventions of G-d, long before the creation of the universe itself.


These "vibrations" are the material from which all of reality sprang. They obviously are quite powerful, and gave rise to the concept of the amulet, a personal invocation of the powers of the alphabetic characters in an attempt to protect the individual from the evils of life. The Kamayah Series (Hebrew for amulet, or more literally, to bind) is a collection of contem-porary amulets with which I uncover the powers of these universal forces by combining the letters in various configurations.

V'Ahavta Amulet     Ink, Watercolor and Gold Leaf on Paper    11.5" x 11.5"    2014
Residing in the permanent collection of The Village Temple, New York, NY.
This amulet features the entire Sh'ma and V'Ahavta running throughout the interlace.
 
details of the V'Ahavta Amulet
 
The B&B Amulet     Ink and Watercolor with Gold, Silver & Copper Leaf on Paper
24 " x 18"     2010
This is a very special amulet, created for two dear friends. The B&B Amulet focuses on spiritual health, well-being and prosperity, and features icons related of their interests and avocations.
   
B&B Amulet (detail)
B&B Amulet (detail)
   

Kamayah II
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
6" x 6"
1995

The first two and last two letters of the Hebrew alphabet in this amulet serve as bookends, representing the inclusion of all knowledge and wisdom within the amulet's powers.

   

Kamayah VI
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
6" x 6"
1995

Based on an ancient amulet, the four letters in the interior are an acrostic for the phrase mi chamocha baeilim Adonai  (who is like You, Eternal One, among the gods that are worshipped?) - which surrounds the perimeter of the design.

   

Kamayah VIII
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
6" x 6"
1995

With the aleph (the symbol of G-d) in the center and its green design, this amulet is a protector against illness.

   

Kamayah IX
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
11" x 11"
1995

In much the same way a mezuzah protects one's living space, this amulet, with the k'riat shema lacing through it, protects one's family and possessions.

   
Kamayah X
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
11" x 11"
1995


Identical in structure to the previous example (Kamayah IX), this amulet also features the k'riat shema interweave along with an anti-demonic orange-red center and healing green accents.
   

Kamayah XI
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
12" x 12"

1996

The teth symbol in the center is from the Temple era, and refers to the powerful number 9. The spiritual blue coloration, contrasting with the anti-demonic red, combine in this amulet to resist the Evil Eye and bolster one's relationship with
G-d.

   
Kamayah XIV
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
6" x 6"
1996

The combination of its seven rings, which define its sacred space, and the red pattern, which is an anti-demonic color, work together to make this amulet a powerful force against the Evil Eye.

   
Kamayah XV
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
6" x 6"
1996

The characters read Ain Soph - literally, the boundless. This amulet works to provide spiritual fulfillment.

   
Kamayah XVII
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
6" x 6"
1996

The powerful number 9, the number of completion, is represented by the teth in the center of the design. The seven rings and the green pattern make this an amulet of general wellness.

   
Kamayah XVIII
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
6" x 6"
1996

The word vatishka, meaning and the fire dwindled, make this amulet powerful against fevers.

   
Kamayah XIX
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
6" x 6"
1996

Shibriri is a protector against the Evil Eye.

   

Kamayah XX
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
12" x 12"
1997

The outer circle reads Adonai Elohaynu Adonai Echad - The Lord is Our G-d, The Lord is One.  The inner circle contains "charity", "faith", "hope", "love", "fortune", "health", "peace" and "blessing", making this an extremely powerful amulet.

   

 

Kamayah XXI
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
6" x 6"
1996

This amulet was created to celebrate faithfulness and loyalty, and was given to someone in recognition of years of extra-ordinary service to the Jewish community.


   
Kamayah XXII
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
11" x 11"
1996


Identical in structure to Kamayah X, the colors in this amulet relate to the body's chakra centers, making this amulet one that balances a person's energies and promotes good health.
   
Kamayah XXII  (detail)
   
Kamayah XXIII
Watercolor and Ink on Paper

6" x 6"
1997

With its flowers being a symbol of life and its inscription Blessed is the Lord who heals the sick, this amulet promotes good health and wellness.

   
Kamayah XXIV
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
6" x 6"
1997

The seven rings in this amulet denote a sacred space, and the teth in the center is a very powerful number 9, the number of completion. The green design is for health and well-being, and this amulet would very well serve a pregnant mother or new-born child.
   
Kamayah XXVI
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
6" x 6"
1997

The three words teshuva (repentance), tzedakah (charity), and tefillah (prayer) are joined with ahava (love). The four-sided figure, done in the spiritual color blue with a shin in the middle, promotes a balanced life with spirituality at the center.

   
Kamayah XXVII
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
6" x 6"
1997

This amulet, with teshuva (repentance), tzedakah (charity), and tefillah (prayer) in its design, focuses its powers for another year in The Book of Life.

   
Kamayah XXIX
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
6" x 6"
1996

The aleph in the center (with a numerical value of one) represents G-d, while elohim (G-d or Judge) is spelled out in all directions.

   

Kamayah XXX
Watercolor and Ink on Paper

6" x 6"
1996

In this amulet for general well-being, four names of G-d are written in the middle section, while the outside reads Adonai Elohaynu Adonai Echad - The Lord is
Our G-d, The Lord is One.

   
Kamayah XXXI
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
6" x 6"
1996

The shin in the middle, an abbrreviation for Shaddai (another name for G-d), is surrounded by a pattern of green, the color of continuous health and well-being.

   

Kamayah XXXII
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
6" x 6"
1996

The Magic Square design of this amulet sums numbers to 18 (Eighteen = Chai, life) in all directions. The flowers and soft colors generate even more energy, making this amulet one of spiritual and physical well-being.

   

Kamayah XXXIII
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
6" x 6"
1996

The Magic Square design of this amulet adds up to the mystical number 15 in all directions. (15 is the numerical value for one name of G-d.) The Eternal Knot surrounds the Hebrew character He, representing the unspoken name of G-d.

   

Kamayah XXXVI
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
6" x 6"
1996

The hands in the positions of the priestly blessing reflect the inscription in the rings: "The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord deal kindly and graciously with you! The Lord bestow His favor upon you and grant you peace!"

   

Kamayah XXXVII
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
6" x 6"
1996

Shibriri is used to heal any disease of the eye.

   

Kamayah XXXVIII
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
6" x 6"
1996

The Star of David is formed from the interweaving against a spiritual field of blue, while the inscriptions call out seven names of G-d.

   

Kamayah XXXIX
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
6" x 6"
1996

The first two and last two letters of the Hebrew alphabet are used here to symbolize all knowledge and wisdom, which are contained within four names
of G-d.

   
Kamayah XLI
Crafted by T.J. Tamny
Textiles
28" x 28"
1997

Based upon Kamayah XXXIII, the Magic Square design of this amulet adds up to the mystical number 15 in all directions. (15 is the numerical value for one name of G-d.) The Eternal Knot surrounds the Hebrew character He, representing the unspoken name of G-d.

   
Kamayah XLII
Crafted by T.J. Tamny
Textiles
42" x 42"
1997

Based upon Kamayah XXIX, the aleph in the center (with a numerical value of one) represents G-d, while elohim (G-d or Judge) is spelled out in all directions.

   
Kamayah XLIII
Crafted by T.J. Tamny
Textiles
24" x 24"
1997

Based upon Kamayah XXIII, this amulet promotes good health and wellness with its floral symbol of life and its inscription Blessed is the Lord who heals the sick.

   
Kamayah XLIV
Crafted by T.J. Tamny
Textiles
24" x 24"
1997

Based upon Kamayah XXXII, this amulet's energy is focused on spiritual and physical well-being. The number 18 (Eighteen = chai, life) is the sum of all numbers in all directions in this Magic Square design.


 
 

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