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The Mosaic

My name is Tzemach Ben Aharon. Several years ago, I underwent a very intense spiritual experience. During that time, I participated in a number of spiritual workshops which enabled my climb to a very high spiritual level. This work began in the wake of a spiritual teacher who was connected to Kabbala and to Judaism, and who has been supporting me for eight years. The connection with Kabbala and Judaism reawakened in me the strong tradition that was planted within me during my formative childhood years.כ

In 2005, within the framework of this spiritual experience, I embarked upon the creation of a unique mosaic work. The first step was that I already knew the measurements, according to the size of the wall in the living room of the home I had just finished building: 3.5 x 1.2 meters!!!

I spent a month just looking at the plank of fortified wood, waiting for inspiration…

It was clear to me that the verse "If I forget thee, oh Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning" would be the mosaic's first and most central motif.

During those years, I would awaken before morning and meditate to the prayer "Ana B'Koach" [literally, "Please, with power" - one of the masterpieces of mystical prayer] as well as a prayer for abundance and success.  I therefore decided that the second motif would be "Ana B'Koach", to which I connected deeply, and which I began to research. I learned about the energies and the balance of life, and my studies connected me to the ten spheres encompassing complex Torah which was developed through the generations, a Kabbalistic concept which is also related in an amazing way to the chakras!!! I decided that the ten Kabbalistic spheres would be my mosaic's third important motif.

For the past ten years, I have been connected to the Hebrew song "I have love in me which will awaken and grow, I have love in me and it will prevail." That phrase, therefore, entered the mosaic as the fourth motif.

This entire process took place over several months and included concentrated meditation. Without my even intending it, the letter "ש" in "ירושלים" [the Hebrew letter exactly in the middle of the Hebrew word 'Jerusalem'] came out exactly in the middle of the artwork.

The mosaic remained in this state for a number of weeks, and then I added a Star of David, closing the "ש" in the center.

During that time, I heard about mandalas [meaning 'circles' in Sanskrit; mandalas are circles within circles emanating from an inner point and creating a unique effect]. I decided to start the mosaic with mandalas from inside of a central circle which would surround the Star of David.

Collecting the stones and choosing their colors was also done in a very coincidental manner, but I decided that it was important to maintain uniformity, so each row of color contains five stones, in reference to the Hamsa [good luck sign]. The circle closed at the width of the plank of wood, and I was left for a month without knowing how to continue the mosaic in a way that would be energetically balanced.

Even today, I have no idea how I did it, how it worked out that I closed the circle in a pointed elliptical shape without ever thinking that it would come out in the shape of an eye. Even the colors I chose to frame the ellipse, blue and green (which in many cultures symbolize warding off the 'evil eye') simply came to me without planning.

Eventually, I added the white dove of peace with the olive branch in its mouth to both sides of the mosaic.

There are 42,000 mosaic stones (120 x 350) – which, according to the Kabbalah, symbolize the prayer "Ana B'Koach"!!!

The process through finishing the central eye took close to a year and half, during which time I was connected to the project day and night in a deeply spiritual and emotional manner. There were full days and nights that I stared at the mosaic waiting for it to tell me what to do next and guide me how to proceed.

In May 2008, (a year and a half after I began the project), I began planning for our annual party which was to take place in July. This year, the party was also going to celebrate the State of Israel's 60th year of independence, my tenth wedding anniversary, and my wife Ofra's 40th birthday. The last section of the mosaic was the frame. For a month and a half I spent days and nights working feverishly to finish and indeed, the mosaic was completed a mere two days prior to the party. Ten strong men were needed to lift the work, though I hammered the nails into the living room wall of my house. On the day of the party, at a certain point I asked all 300 guests to look into the house from a window and I unveiled the mosaic in all its splendor!!! It was one of the most special moments in my entire life.

The stone motif repeats itself in every corner of my home. We built our house by ourselves over the course of ten full years, including its surrounding stone fences and even within the home, everything was chosen carefully to complement the home's special energies.

I live in Moshav Givat Yearim in the Jerusalem hills; I was born here, grew up here and am now raising my children here.

During the past three years I have been dedicating my time to unique writing on stones.

For me, the mosaic is the magnificence of creation. The hidden significance in mosaic is impossible to explain. I have no doubt that the hand of God helped and guided me throughout the entire project; the colors, symbols and special energies in the piece are not the creations of my hand, but rather directed from above from inception through completion.