Beginning In the Beginning

Artists Mel and Miriam Alexenberg celebrated their 52nd year of marriage by collaborating on the "Torah Tweets" blogart project. During each of the 52 weeks of their 52nd year, they posted six photographs reflecting their life together with a tweet text that relates the weekly Torah reading to their lives.

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

The Alexenbergs invite other couples, individuals, and families to join them celebrating their lives through creating their own spiritual blog.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Deuteronomy 10: This is the Blessing

Vezot Haberakhah/And This is the Blessing (Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12)

And this is the blessing…. before the eyes of all Israel. (Deuteronomy 33:1 and 34:12)
From generation to generation, they will dwell in the Land of Israel where the wilderness will rejoice over them, the desert will be glad and blossom like a lily. Her wilderness will be made like Eden and her desert like a Divine garden.  Joy and gladness will be found there, thanksgiving and the sound of music.  (Isaiah 35:1, 50:3)

Our Torah Tweets blogart project draws to a close as we celebrate our wedding anniversary and begin our 53rd year together.
On the Simhat Torah holiday, we rewind the Torah scroll reading the end followed by the beginning and dance with the Torah singing.

When the holiday ended, dancing and singing continued into the night 52 years ago to celebrate our wedding, prolonging joy and gladness.   
As we rewind the Torah scroll to begin a new year, we link its last word YisraeL (Israel) to its first word Bereshit (In the beginning).  

The last letter Lamed followed by the first letter Bet spells "heart" Lamed Bet. At the heart of the Torah, our blessings are renewed.
The last Torah portion is Vezot habrakha/And this is the blessing.  We are blessed with wonderful children: Iyrit, Ari, Ron, and Moshe Yehuda.

Moshe Yehuda & Carmit with their children: Elianne, Avraham and Nadav.
Ron & Miri with their children: Or, Yahel, Shirel, Meitav, Tagel, Razel.

Ari & Julie with their children: Elan and Talia.
Iyrit's children: Yishai, Rachelle, Inbal, Renana.

Iyrit with her grandchildren, our great-grandchildren: Eliad and Tehila, the children of Inbal and Moshe Peretz.

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