Cleaving

Tent Side View
Tent Side View

How does one access the Divinity within? The Hebrew word for glue is דבק dvk, the root for devekut, which in modern Hebrew is a synonym for dedication toward a particular goal.

The mystic meaning of devekut is cleaving or attaching oneself to The Holy One. It occurs frequently in Deuteronomy (4:4, 10:20, 11:22, 13:5, 30:20) in the context of cleaving, being near to or in communion with The Holy Spirit.

During prayer or meditation, devekut, cleaving, takes the practitioner up the spiritual ladder of the ten Sefirot, the divine aspects, to varied levels of mystical contemplation.

In 1994, I presented a Spiritual Tent for Women at the Pittsburgh Jewish Community Center to create an environment for devekut.

Nachmanides defined devekut as the state of mind in which one constantly remembers The Holy One’s Love.

Is there a practical way to become a master of intent, consistently focused on achieving this mystical cleaving?

It’s a work in progress.

Published by SilkQuilt

Pittsburgh-based fiber artist, Louise Silk, creates art that combines aesthetics and functionality with meaning and memories. From the influence of a 1972 MS Magazine article to the current SILKDENIM label, her quilt experiences culminate in a display of her particular capacity to use her patchwork skills to piece together just about anything into an aesthetic meaningful whole.

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