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.


Friday, January 24, 2014

Leviticus 2: Power-Ranger/Spiderman/Batman DEFEAT Haman/Hitler/Hamas

Tzav/Zakhor (Command/Remember) (Leviticus 6:8-8:36) Purim

He shall remove his garments and don other garments. (Leviticus 6: 4)
Remember what Amalek did to you on your way out of Egypt.  How, undeterred by fear of God, he surprised you on the way, when you were famished and weary, and cut down all the stragglers in your rear.  Therefore, when the Lord your God grants you safety from all your enemies around you, in the Land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.  Do not forget!  (Deuteronomy 25:17-19)

 
On the Shabbat before the holiday of Purim, we are charged not to forget Amalek's merciless murder of Jews solely because they are Jews.
We photographed Jewish children celebrating life in Purim costumes in our Power-Ranger great-grandson Eliad's kindergarten in Israel.

In the Scroll of Esther read on Purim, the incarnation of Amalek is Haman who plots to murder all Jews in the Persian kingdom.
This week, we could not forget!  We were witness to modern day Amaleks' aims to annihilate the Jewish people that will also fail.

We went to the cemetery in Petah Tikva to remember Miriam's mother Anna Benjamin on the 2nd anniversary of her passing at 102.
There are no tombstones to mark her parents' graves.  They were torn from their home in Holland to be viciously murdered in Auschwitz.

IDF officer Moshe Peretz, father of Anna’s great-great-grandson Eliad, said kaddish for her parents on a IDF mission to Auschwitz.
This week, our son Moshe Yehuda went the funeral of the Fogel family butchered in their beds by bloodthirsty Arabs.

The Arab street celebrates these murders as Hamas fires deadly missiles into Israel and Ahmadinejad calls “to wipe Israel off the map.”
The Purim story ends in Iran with Haman hanging from the gallows he constructed to hang the Jew Mordecai.

Power-ranger Eliad aided by Spiderman and Batman will thwart the evil plots of Hamas, Hezbollah and the Persian ayatollahs.
For the Jews there was light, gladness, joy, and honor. (Esther 8:16)

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