Art in Motion: The Ana B’Koach Prayer Video

This 3:39 minute long video presents David Asher Brook’s award winning artistic representation of the mystical Ana B’Koach prayer. The artist paints each of the 42 Hebrew letters hidden within the ancient kabbalistic prayer, using the color and style that corresponds to the deeper meaning behind the letter. Read his explanation below. 

ANA BEKOACH / David Asher Brook

Ana Beko’ach is an Ancient Jewish prayer. It is composed using the 42 letter name of G-d. The first letter of each word of the prayer spells out G-d’s 42 letter name. The prayer is comprised of 7 lines, each with 6 words. The words are abbreviated at the end of each line in groups of 3 letters which is displayed here. Each line represents one of the 7 emotional Divine Attributes (Sefirot), which correspond to the colors have been depicted, as below:

  1. Blue – אנא בכח גדולת ימינך תתיר צרורה. – אב”ג ית”ץ – Kindness.
  2. Red – גבורה קבל רנת עמך שגבנו טהרנו נורא – קר”ע שט”ן – Severity.
  3. Yellow – תפארת נא גבור דורשי יחודך כבבת שמרם. – נג”ד יכ”ש – Harmony.
  4. Purple – נצח ברכם טהרם רחמי צדק תך תמיד גמלם. – בט”ר צת”ג – Victory.
  5. Orange -הוד חסין קדוש ברוב טובך נהל עדתך. – חק”ב טנ”ע – Submission.
  6. Green – יסוד יחיד גאה לעמך פנה זוכרי קדשתך. – יג”ל פז”ק – Connection.
  7. Brown – מלכות שועתנו קבל ושמע צעקתנו יודע תעלומות. – שק”ו צי”ת – Reputation/Royalty.