Down-to-Earth Spirituality

Unlike the Torah narrative that begins “In the Beginning,” a blog begins at the end. This "Torah Tweets" blog displays its narrative in reverse chronological order with the most recent post appearing first. The blog was created to reverse the order of the blog posts in this blog to begin in the beginning.

See the blogs for the books Through a Bible Lens: Biblical Insights for Smartphone Photography and Social Media and Photograph God: Creating a Spiritual Blog of Your Life Both books invite you to explore creative ways to photograph all that happens in your everyday life while crafting a vibrant dialogue between your life story and the biblical narrative.

Postdigital Narrative on Spiritual Dimensons of Everyday Life ///// "For the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp." (Deuteronomy 23:15) ///// "Judaism does not direct its gaze upward but downward ... does not aspire to a heavenly transcendence, nor does it seek to soar upon the wings of some abstract, mysterious spirituality. It fixes its gaze upon concrete, empirical reality permeating every nook and cranny of life. The marketplace, the factory, the street, the house, the mall, the banquet hall, all constitute the backdrop of religious life." (R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik) ///// "It is not enough for the Jew to rest content with his own spiritual ascent, the elevation of his soul in closeness to G-d, he must strive to draw spirituality down into the world and into every part of it - the world of his work and his social life - until not only do they not distract him from his pursuit of G-d, but they become a full part of it." (R. Menachem M. Schneerson) ///// "If there is a religious agency in our lives, it has to appear in the manner of our times. Not from on high, but a revelation that hides itself in our culture, it will be ground-level, on the street, it'll be coming down the avenue in the traffic, hard to tell apart from anything else." (E. L. Doctorow) ///// "The first message that Moses chose to teach the Jewish people as they were about to enter the Land of Israel was to fuse heaven to earth, to enable the mundane to rise up and touch the Divine, the spiritual to vitalize the physical, not only as individuals but as an entire nation." (R. Abraham Y. Kook)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Aharay (After) אחרי

Kabbalah of Aharon's Baseball Cap

God said to Moses:  Speak to your brother Aharon that he shall don a tunic and pants on his body of special cloth, gird himself with a cloth belt and wear a special cloth cap.  (Leviticus 16:2, 4)
כתנת בד קדש ילבש ומכנסי בד יהיו על בשרו ובאבנט בד יחגר ובמצנפת בד יצנף

Aharon wore a special uniform to carry out his priestly role in the sanctuary.  Our son Aharon/Ari wore a Petah Tikva Pioneers uniform.
We named our southpaw son Aharon when he was born, but call him Ari. He was pitcher and coach in the Israel Baseball League.
Mel photographed Ari and his Petah Tikva Pioneers teammates wearing red tunics, belts and baseball caps with white pants.
Modi'in Miracle pitcher, 6' 7" Maximo Nelson, stands for singing Hatikvah with a batboy wearing a uniform with flowing tzitzit fringes.
Hillel declared: Be of the disciples of Aharon, loving peace and pursuing peace. (Avot 15:2)
As baseball coach, our son Aharon used his human relations skills to pursue peace between players who came to Israel from many lands.
As coach, Ari (a lion) used his strength to forge a unified team while realizing his dream of being a professional baseball player.   
10 players on the field created a kabbalistic dance of 10 sephirot in Mel's mind as he watched baseball being played in the Holy Land.
He saw Keter, Hokhmah and Binah playing the outfield, Hesed, Gevurah, Netzah, and Hod playing the infield, and Malkhut as catcher.
Ari as Tiferet on the mound pitched his fastball past the batter Yesod of the opposing team into the mitt of Malkhut.
When Yesod hit the next pitch over the fence and out of the field, the crowd cried out "Ayn Sof! Ayn Sof!" (Infinity! Infinity!)

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