Artists Mel and Miriam celebrated their 52nd year of marriage by collaborating on this blogart project. During each of the 52 weeks of their 52nd year, they posted six photographs reflecting their life together with a Torah Tweet text that relates the weekly Torah reading to their lives. The success of this blog gave birth to an instruction manual "Photograph God" that teaches how to link your emerging life story and the enduring biblical story with your smartphone.
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 new blog http://bibleblogyourlife.blogspot.comwas created to reverse the order of the blog posts in this blog to begin in the beginning.Both the new book http://photographgod.com and blog invite you to explore creative ways to photograph God in all that happens in your everyday life while crafting a vibrant dialogue between your story and the Bible’s story.
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)
Friday, May 6, 2011
Emor (Say) אמר
You shall count for yourselves 7 complete weeks after the day following the Passover holiday when you brought the omer as a wave offering, until the day after the seventh week you shall count 50 days. (Leviticus 23:15-16) וספרתם לכם ממחרת השבת מיום הביאכם את עמר התנופה שבע שבתות תמימת תהיינה עד ממחרת השבת השביעת תספרו חמישים יום
God is the compassion, the strength, the beauty, the success, the splendor, and the foundation of everything in heaven and earth. (1 Chronicles 29:11) לך יהוה הגדלהחסדוהגבורה והתפארת והנצחוההוד כי כל יסודבשמים ובארץ
We count each of the 49 days from when we were freed from our enslavement in Egypt until we arrived at Mt. Sinai – from Passover to Shavuot.
Unlike slaves who live repeated days of drudgery, free people can feel and appreciate the unique character to each day.
As each of the 49 days is counted, it is given a different name integrating one of the 7 divine attributes into one of 7 divine attributes.
These attributes (7 of the 10 sephirot in kabbalah) are: