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

Genesis 10: From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness

Miketz/Passed (Genesis 41:1-44:17) Hanukah

Then Pharoh said to Joseph, "See! I have placed you in charge of all the land of Egypt."  And Pharoh removed his ring from his hand and put it on Joseph's hand. (Genesis 41:41, 42)

In creating a weekly blog post, we often begin with a concept and then make the photographs. 
This week, the concept was derived from photographs of our family lighting both Hanukah and birthday candles.

Two other events in our lives this week related to Miketz and Hanukah contributed to this posting.
Rejoicing that Mel completed his book The Future of Art in a Postdigital Age: From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness.

Rejoicing this Hanukah that the Greeks saved Jews by sending fire-fighting planes and firefighters to douse the Mt. Carmel forest fire.
The photographs show our grandson Yahel lighting olive oil wicks of a hanukiah in which light from outside is reflected inside.

Mel and our son Moshe lighting Hanukah candles in which light from inside is reflected outside.
Our grandchildren Tagel, Razel and Elianne dancing to the singing of Hanukah songs.

Elianne looking in awe at the candles and sparklers in two pink sufganiot  [jelly donuts] in celebration of her second birthday.
While retaining his Jewish consciousness, Joseph succeeded in the major culture of his day only to have his descendants enslaved to it.

Hanukah story:  Jews so enamored by Hellenistic culture that they would assimilate into it at war with those who chose to retain Jewish values.
Postdigital story:  A paradigm shift from Hellenistic static beauty in stone to Hebraic dynamic beauty of flickering flames and new media.

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