This blog is a model of spiritual blogging that explores the interface between the biblical narrative, the wisdom of kabbalah, and digital technologies. It is developed in Prof. Alexenberg's 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 teach people of all faiths to craft a dialogue between one's emerging life story and the enduring biblical narrative.
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 5: Contentment with Our Lot
Yitro/Jethro (Exodus 18:1-20:26)
You shall not covet your neighbor's house.You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, his
manservant, his maidservant, his ox, his donkey, or anything else that is your
neighbor's. (Exodus 20:14)
The Torah obligates us to do things and not do others
(positive and negative mitzvot), but rarely legislates thought.
The greatest reward is to be so content with one's own lot
that even thinking of envying anyone else never enters one's mind.
In the first years of our marriage, Miriam was home with
three children while Mel earned a pitifully small monthly salary as a teacher.
Before the days of credit cards, we often found ourselves
broke by the fourth week of each month.
We ate leftovers and often bought a bottle of liqueur with
our last $2 to celebrate our wonderful life together.
Half century later, we planned this blog posting in a coffee
shop enjoying café hafukh (upside-down coffee) and an apple-cheese
We continued our discussion walking in a park enjoying
monkeys' antics and elderly women petting and feeding the park's feral cats.
When we returned home, Snowball greeted us sitting beneath
Mel's parents' wedding picture and ours.