How manysouls can claimnot to live for oneself,but for the One Above,Who reached downto touch the livesof His children? Rather,it is the strugglebetween dark and lightwithin ourselvesthat hinders our avodah,until we createspace in our heartsfor His mercy.
Washed up on the shores of life,abandoned by the ships that pass by,and only comforted by the sun – its raysgiving warmth to the soul. Is this not the existential truthdiscovered by all who seek morethan what this world has to offer?The dark night will claim the soul,until released into the light. Transformation beginswhen theContinue reading “Untethered”
Desire, banished into the wind;and, the shadows of the enemy,vanquished upon the earliest raysof sunlight at dawn. That the truth may be upheld,in all of its splendor and glory;and emunah restore the confidence,that slipped away in the night. This is the derech of the pious:to enlighten the eyes of others,even while facing challenges;looking toward chayeiContinue reading “Restoration”
“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” – Psalm 126:5 Weighed down by my cares,troubled by the ways of the world;the only recourse is to shapemyself from within this swirlof emotions both dark and light,by resting my gaze upon the Creator. To be a light unto others,as much as humanly possibleeven while myContinue reading “Still Waiting”
It is very hard to write this way, beginning things backward…– Hemmingway, The Torrents of Spring (1926) Like a canvas, a tabla rasa, a fertile void, I sit in front of the screen with a blank document. The contents of my personal past, impressions, stored in long term memory, surface upon reflection. The neocortex bearsContinue reading “Chiaroscuro in Pixels”
Am I on the derech (path),or have I not even begun the journey?If I have already taken that first step;then, why do I feel stuck in the mire? The adage, there are no shortcutsin life, seems to be ingrained in me;yet, too often, I miss the moment,distracted by my surroundings. I do not know whereContinue reading “Humility”
Blue is the color of techeles:sky blue, looking down from Shomayim.The ocean, likened unto Torahflows within our veins,whether recognized or not,sometimes, only latent. Until some rich experience,a wake up call orchestratedfrom He Who sits upon His thronein His place (makom) gestures,in a way that the designated angelunderstands, and makes its wayto place the holy intuitionwithinContinue reading “Blue Calling”
1 Nissan 5781 Running, the tempest behind me, still present in my thoughts and dreams; yet, somewhere on the horizon, I can see in the distance, there is a place serene. Joyous within myself, outwardly smiling, my emotions never surface enough to be visible; perhaps, a trait from my ancestors upbringing, learned men of books,Continue reading “Promise”
“I wound, and I heal.” – Deuteronomy 32:9 “I am the bud and the blossom, I am the late-falling leaf.” – Paul Dunbar, the Paradox We are Thy glory, when we follow in Thy footsteps; yet, when we miss the opportunity to do good, in all likelihood, we might go astray. Nevertheless, in every moment,Continue reading “Metamorphosis”
Bridge the divide,between these two worlds;somehow close the distance,between us and them.