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 7: Parallel Creations

Terumah/Contribution (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

Make 50 loops on one tapestry and 50 loops on the edge of the second tapestry so that are parallel (maKBiLot) to one another.   Make 50 golden fasteners to join the tapestries together so that the Tabernacle should be one. (Exodus: 26:5,6)
(Our grandson Or Alexenberg is the guest blogger for "Parallel Creations.")

 
The Tabernacle was not covered by one tapestry canopy, but by two that complement one another.
The word maKBiLot in this Torah portion is the source of the word KaBaLah, an exploration of parallel creative processes, Divine and human

This parallelism between human creativity and Divine Creation is derived from the confluence of two scriptural passages: 
The Tabernacle’s chief artist Bezalel was filled with a Divine spirit, with Wisdom, Understand, and Knowledge and with artistic talent (Exodus: 31:3).

God founded the earth in Wisdom, established heavens in Understanding, and with Knowledge the depths opened and skies dripped dew. (Proverbs: 3:19-20).
Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge are only found together in the Bible to describe the creative artist and God, the Creator of the universe.

Kabbalah invites us to discover spiritual secrets of God’s Creation through gaining insight into our own creative process.  
Having been created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), every person has the potential to create new worlds, to renew the cosmos.     

When you photograph God with the creative eyes of an artist you become God’s partner in creation.
Or created photographs of the majestic Negev mountains where he lives, studies and works as a professional photographer.

He explored the desert’s diversity with his creative lens: trees, migrating birds, ibex at the Ramon Crater, and first blooms of spring.

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