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 tart. 

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.

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