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 26, 2014

Exodus 1: Herzl at a Herzliya Car Wash

Shemot/Names (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

And these are the names of the Children of Israel (Exodus 1:1)

We spent Shabbat Shemot (Names) in Herzliya named for Theodore Herzl, the towering figure of modern Zionism.
Driving to the hotel, we photographed a laser-cut steel portrait of Herzl at the entrance to Herzliya peering down on a car wash.

The banner on the water tower advertises the celebration of Herzl's 150th birthday and the founding of the city Herzliya 85 years ago.
We had lunch on the hotel patio overlooking the pool and sea. 

We felt all was going right when we were given the key to room 52 in celebration of the 52nd year of our marriage.
Miriam's mother lived at Beit Juliana, the Dutch parents' home in Herzliya, until she passed away two years ago at 102. 

As founder of the Dutch Zionist Organization and chief rabbi of Holland, Miriam's great-grandfather, Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Dunner, knew Herzl.
Mel's grandfather, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Kahn, participated in the 4th Zionist Congress in London in 1900 chaired by Herzl.

Herzl imagined how the Jewish State would be in his 1902 utopian novel Altneuland (OldNewLand), titled Tel Aviv in its Hebrew translation.
The main character in Herzl's book arrives at the newly created Jewish State in a yacht from his exile on an isolated Pacific island.

We photographed the yachts at the Herzliya Marina and the Imaginarium shop in the Herzliya Marina Mall.
On Sunday, we went to the Tel Aviv port to buy a new light fixture for our dining room and had lunch at the water's edge.

Then I came to the exiles, to Tel Aviv…. and I dwelt where they were dwelling. (Ezekiel 3:15)

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