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 7: 9/11, Cybersight, jerUSAlem

Deuteronomy 7: 9/11, Cybersight, jerUSAlem

Ki Tavo/When you come (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:9)
Accursed is one who strikes his fellow stealthily.  (Deuteronomy 27:24)

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.

Accursed is one who misdirects the blind on their way. (Deuteronomy 27:18)
We transformed a biblical curse into a blessing using innovative technology to aid blind people in “seeing” pictures with their fingers.

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. 
Responses: Australia, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Israel, Korea, Lebanon, Lithuania, Niger, Poland, Slovenia, Zambia, UK, USA. 

The amazing similarity of responses of blind people 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.

The photos in this blog post are images from our JerUSAlem-USA blogart project and images from other Torah Tweets posts.
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.
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, named after the biblical Mt. Nebo, photographed from Jerusalem, Utah, and the Moav mountain range east of the Dead Sea.
Mel photographed our son Ari pitching for the Petah Tikva Pioneers in an Israel Baseball League game in Tel Aviv.

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