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)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ki Tavo (When you come) כי תבוא

9/11, Cybersight, jerUSAlem
Accursed is one who strikes his fellow stealthily. (Deuteronomy 27:24). ארור מכה רעהו בסתר  ארור משגה עור בדרך
Accursed is one who misdirects the blind on their way (Deuteronomy 27:18)

On 9/11, Mel was at the graduation ceremony at the College of Judea and Samaria (now Ariel University) when he heard the horrific news.
The joy of his students, Jews and Arabs alike, was suddenly dashed by the ghastly strike of militant Islamists against the free world.
The free world must join Israel in defeating the accursed Islamists who are fighting to smother our planet with a tyrannical caliphate.  
Accursed is one who misdirects the blind on their way (Deuteronomy 27:18)
To counteract evil, we transformed a biblical curse into a postdigital blessing by creating a global artwork the gives sight to the blind.
Our son Ari joined us in producing Cybersight.  We asked people born blind what things they would most like to see if they had vision. 
We interviewed them in Israel, the Czech Republic, and United States and sent questionnaires worldwide to schools for the blind.  
We received responses from Australia, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Korea, Lebanon, Lithuania, Niger, Poland, Slovenia, Zambia, and UK. 
The amazing similarity of responses from such diverse cultures teaches us about the common vision of humanity.
They wanted to see things that they couldn't touch – from blue sky, clouds, lakes, oceans, forests, and mountains to sports events.
Through innovative technologies developed in Jerusalem, blind people could “see” pictures of these things through the sense of touch.
A grid of pin-like protrusions in a specially designed computer mouse traced the pictures on the blind person’s fingertips.
Here, we juxtapose images photographed for this blog with those submitted to our blogart project
Clouds hovering above the Sea of Galilee in Israel and the Straits of Galilee photographed from Jerusalem, Rhode Island.
A Green Mountain forest in Jerusalem, Vermont, named Jerusalem because it's the same altitude as the original Jerusalem.
Mt. Nebo, named after the biblical Mt. Nebo, photographed from Jerusalem, Utah, and the Moav mountain range east of the Dead Sea.
Moses climbed up from the western plains of Moav to Mt. Nebo from where God showed him all the Land of Israel.  (Deuteronomy 34:1)
Mt. Nebo, Utah, is nearly five times as high as the original.
Mel photographed our son Ari pitching for the Petah Tikva Pioneers in an Israel Baseball League game in Tel Aviv.

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