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Dream Map of Israel



The Dream Map of Israel is a limited edition print, 16 by 20 inches, printed on acid-free paper. It is a reproduction based on an original graphic painted by David Moss. It is signed and numbered, in an edition of 500 prints, and shipped in a folio with justification.

The Dream Map is in a medieval style and features designs and text referring to the land and cities of Eretz Israel. The blue and red names are the tribes of Israel in their historic locations. The texts around the cities are:

Lower left (with tree)-Be’re shevah: “And he (Abraham) planted an Eshel tree in Be’er shevah and he called on the name of the Lord..” Genesis on left just above the building of

Hebron: “And after this, Abraham buried Sarah, his wife, in the cave of the field of Machpelah near Mamre-which is Hebron.”

Large andin the center-Jerusalem: “our feet stood still within your gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem that is built like a city which is entirely concentrated within itself. Pray for the peach of Jerusalem, Those who love you view the future unafraid. Peace be within your presincts, serenity within your palaces.” Psalm 122

The three texts in brown link are:

Left near the sea: “Rami Bar Yechezkiel was in Bnail Brak and noticed goats pasturing beneathe the fig trees. Rich syrup was dripping from the figs, and milk was floing from the udders of the she-goats. And the syrup and the milk were intermingling with each other. He said ‘surely this what is meant by  a land flowing with milk and honey.’”

Left near the Jordan river: “The Holy One, Blessed be He, said to Moses:My beloved Land of Israel is dear to me; My beloved people of Israel are dear to me. I shall place my beloved people into my beloved Land.”- Midrash BaMidbar Rabbah

Bottom right of Jerusalem: “Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai said. The verse (Proverbs 8:31) says: and He rejoices the Universe of His Land. The Land of Israel is the Universe. And why is it called Universe? For it unites all. For each land has something lacking in the others. But the Land of Israel lacks nothing, as it is written (Deut.8.9): a land …in which nothing is lacking.m the storm.

Something else: Resh is comprised of a small line riding on a large one. For in the days to come small Jacob will trample the mighty but Rasha—evil—Esau.


Shin is shaped like a deep well, overflowing with water. When King David dug Shitin—pits—beneath the altar, the waters of the Deep arose and threatened to flood the world. Only after David wrote the Shem—the Holy Name—and cast it into the pit did the waters subside.

Something else: Shin has five points. Because the outside of our T’fillin is marked with a Shin which stands for God’s name Shadai. The Shin’s five points are the T’fillin’s five compartments: four in the T’fillah  worn on the head, and one in the T’fillah worn on the arm.


The last letter of the Torah’s alphabet is TavTav has three upright poles. After reading from the Torah scroll, the cantor winds the scroll by its two poles, and wraps it in its mantle. The three poles of the Tav are the cantor and the two poles of the Torah on either side. The pole running across the three is the mantle which covers the scroll.

Something else: Tav has three poles and eight points. Because the Torah is threefold: The Torah, The Prophets, and The Writings. And there are eight books of The Prophets.

God signs the last letter of his own name Emet—Truth—with a Tav, and Israel seals the covenant into their flesh after eight days.

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I have completed the twenty-two letters of Metatron, Angel of the Presence and Heavenly Scribe, according to the tradition passed down to us from the Sages of Israel. They are twenty-two individual letters, none repeat themselves.