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Chagall and Kabbalah

Marc Chagall Song of Solomon

By Béa Aaronson

Everybody strives for an understanding of the beginnings of life, the secrets of the universe, the meanings and mysteries of our existence, our relationship to nature, time, space, good and evil, our body, and what we call our soul. Every culture has developed its own path of understanding. The mandalas of Tibetan Buddhism, the seven Chakras of Tantric Hinduism, the Sufist tradition of Islam. For the Jewish people, it is Kabbalah.

Chagall and Kabbalah
Mon, Feb 15, 4pm
The Jewish Cultural Center of San Miguel, the JC3
Calle de Las Moras 47, corner of Cinco de Mayo
For reservations: 185 9191 or
130 pesos members/150 pesos non-members

Kabbalah is the Jewish attempt to express the ineffable, to recognize the connections between the spiritual and the physical world. It is a tree of life, a spiral of life, with its own DNA pattern. Kabbalah is a cosmic interpretation of Judaism.

Chagall’s art is beautifully infused and nurtured by Kabbalah. Having been raised in a Hasidic environment, little Movsha Shagal was impregnated with the teachings of Zohar, Yetzer, Midrash, and Mashal. I will explain it all, in a very simple and heartfelt way; do not worry!

I will unravel for you the substance of symbolism, metaphors; the world of angels, or seraphim; I will clarify the most important facets of Kabbalah, including its essential erotic dimension; and show you how Chagall channeled this intuitive force into his colors and images, like blood running in his veins. You will be able to feel the spiritual and sensual resonance of Chagall’s work, which magically projects the mediating power between the earthly and divine realms of consciousness. Be ready for quite a ride into Chagall’s mystical world!


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