ADOLAM is a Hebrew expression composed of two words - AD meaning UNTIL and OLAM meaning ETERNITY. When taken together they mean FOREVER.
Variant spelling - AD OLAM
Biblical The Lord said to Abram
Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your seed AD OLAM FOREVER (Genesis 13:14-15).
The letters featured in this piece are AYIN DALET AYIN VAV LAMED MEM. Taken together, and reading from right to left, they spell ADOLAM.
Each of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet has a special meaning and a story to tell. Here a few brief ones about the letters on this painting.
AYIN is the 16th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, has a numerical value of 70 AND makes no sound. AYIN means EYE or FOUNTAIN. The AYIN is constructed of an elongated YUD (10) on the right and a ZAYIN (7) on the left.
DALET is the fourth letter of the alphabet and has a numerical value of 4. The DALET has the shape of an open door and means DOOR. DALET makes a sound like the D in Delightful.
VAV is the 6th letter, has a numerical value of 6, and is constructed of a single vertical line. VAV means HOOK and makes a sound like the V in Victory. When used as a vowel, VAV can sound like a long `o or a long `u. Translated it means AND. It is the GREAT CONNECTOR. VAV appears in the Four Letter name of God.
LAMED is the 12th letter of the Hebrew alphabet and has a numerical value of 30. LAMED makes a sound like the L in Like. LAMED means both TO LEARN and TO TEACH. The LAMED is the tallest and most majestic of all the letters. Indeed Rashi interprets A TOWER FLYING IN THE AIR (Hagigah 15b) - as applying to the upper stroke of the LAMED.
The LAMED is generally considered to be constructed of a CAF (20) with a VAV (6). In this configuration the LAMED has a GEMATRIA of 26 - the same as that of the YUD (10) HEY (5) VAV (6) HEY (5) name of God. Since LAMED means LEARNING, it would seem that this would constitute a direct connection between LAMED, LEARNING and GOD.
MEM is the 13th letter of the Hebrew alphabet and has a numerical value of 40. MEM makes a sound like the M in Middle. But according to the ancient kabbalistic text SEPHER YETZIRAH, the MEM hummmmmms! MEM is usually associated with the word MAYIM - WATER or EEMAH - MOTHER.
The MEM is one of the 5 letters CAF, MEM NUN, PEY, TSADE that have 2 forms. One form is used in the beginning and the middle of a word the open MEM . The other form is at the end of the word the closed MEM. According to Talmud, the open MEM represents revealed teaching and the closed MEM represents concealed teaching (Shabbat 104a).
This work is accompanied by the kabbalistic explanation printed above.
The original 5x7 watercolor painting of this image is available at $155.
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