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 6: Kabbalah of Aaron's Baseball Cap

Aharay/After (Leviticus 16:1-18:30)  

God said to Moses:  Speak to your brother Aaron that he shall don a tunic and pants on his body of special cloth, gird himself with a cloth belt and wear a special cloth cap. (Leviticus 16:2, 4)

Aaron wore a special uniform to carry out his priestly role in the sanctuary.  Our son Aaron wore a Petah Tikva Pioneers uniform.
We named our southpaw son Aaron when he was born, but call him Ari. He was pitcher and coach in the Israel Baseball League.

Mel photographed Ari and his Petah Tikva Pioneers teammates wearing red tunics, belts and baseball caps with white pants.

Modi'in Miracle pitcher, 6' 7" Maximo Nelson, stands for singing Hatikvah with a batboy wearing a uniform with flowing tzitzit fringes.
Hillel declared: Be of the disciples of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace. (Avot 15:2)

As baseball coach, our son Aaron used his human relations skills to pursue peace between players who came to Israel from many lands.
As coach, Ari (a lion) used his strength to forge a unified team as he realized his dream of being a professional baseball player.  

10 players on the field created a kabbalistic dance of 10 sephirot in Mel's mind as he watched baseball being played in the Holy Land.
He saw Keter, Hokhmah and Binah playing the outfield, Hesed, Gevurah, Netzah, and Hod playing the infield, and Malkhut as catcher.

Ari as Tiferet on the mound pitched his fastball past the batter Yesod of the opposing team into the mitt of Malkhut.
When Yesod hit the next pitch over the fence and out of the field, the crowd cried out "Ayn Sof! Ayn Sof!" (Infinity! Infinity!)

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