Illuminated Hebrew Letter Series - Daled
Illuminated Daled - by Adam Rhine
Watercolor on Paper

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“Each generation will praise Your works to the next and of Your mighty deeds they will tell.” Tehillim/Psalm 145:4

Daled begins the word for “generation” in Hebrew – dor. The eternal wisdom of the Torah is faithfully cherished and upheld through time, passed from generation to generation, bearing witness to G-d’s greatness.

Daled also begins delet for “door”, dirah, denoting G-d’s earthly dwelling, and deled for “knowledge.” The shape of the letter, with its horizontal top extending to the left of the vertical post, reminds us of a doorframe with one side open.

We learn that only those who are humble in spirit, who know that everything comes from G-d, can enter the door of the Divine Palace. The daled suggests the shape of a bowing figure and reminds us that we are all servants of the Sovereign Ruler of this universe.

Daled’s numerical value of four reminds us of the four letter’s of the Holy One’s unpronounceable name. There are also four matriarchs of the Jewish people: Sarah, Rivka, Leah, and Rachel. At the Passover Seder, four cups of wine are drank, and the Four Questions are asked by the youngest child.

May we be ever-mindful of what we have been given, what we are being given right at this moment, and what we are passing on to those who will come after us. May we be worthy to seek out, and pass through, the doors of knowledge and understanding of the Commandments, so that we can make this earth a spiritual dwelling place for Hashem.

Text by Louise Temple from the book "Hebrew Illuminations"