Blue Calling

Blue is the color of techeles:
sky blue, looking down from Shomayim.
The ocean, likened unto Torah
flows within our veins,
whether recognized or not,
sometimes, only latent.

Until some rich experience,
a wake up call orchestrated
from He Who sits upon His throne
in His place (makom) gestures,
in a way that the designated angel
understands, and makes its way
to place the holy intuition
within the mind of one
who will be born anew,
as if he always knew
his origin, roots, and mission.

Lives in Limbo

“I prefer keeping in mind even the possibility that existence has its own reason for being.” – Wislawa Szymborska

The darkened hearts of some of our neighbors, who have renounced their humanity will be judged by the Almighty, while I and my brother, hiding in between these walls, will continue to cling to the Ribono Shel Olam, Who has provided this place of refuge for us. We are fortunate enough to be blessed with kind Christian neighbors, who will not permit the darkness to cloud their own sense of judgment, morality and faith. Although this bleak reality (only an appearance of a life in limbo) may cast an occasional shadow of doubt upon our own faith, I prefer keeping in mind even the possibility that existence has its own reason for being. And, who knows whether these very walls may have been built for this purpose, to shelter us from the tyranny of the soul that seems to have pervaded the world’s conscience.

Metamorphosis

“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, we are given a choice,

whether to turn towards Thee, or to turn away;

let us not miss the mark, when clearly seen.

You are the beginning and the end,

of all that I seek in this world;

being above and beyond mundanity.

The initial intuition, and the resultant fruit,

of all the good deeds mentioned under the sun;

from birth, through life, and in the end,

You will be with me.

Go forth

“Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where G-d was.” – Exodus 20:18, JPS 1917 Tanach

Go forth

into the darkness of the cloud;

an effortless transition

into the sacred realm

of time and space

on Mount Sinai.

Enter the mystery every day,

wherein the way is unknown;

bring back the light of truth,

so that you may be strengthened.

Blue Dye

Like turquoise,

akin to sapphire am I,

techeles blue, I am called.

As lofty as the throne of Elokim;

and, as lowly as the chillazon snail.

Encapsulated within a single thread,

tied around a religious fringe,

reminding the wearer of Shomayim;

and, the ocean of wisdom called Torah.

Comprising the regal clothing of the Kohein Kadol,

surrounding the mishkan (tabernacle) with beauty.

The color of honor chosen for Mordechai,

and the dishonor of the rebel, Korach.

My ancient source has vanished,

only the remnants of shells remain,

found in an archaeological dig;

yet, some look to the cuttlefish.

Such an important mitzvah

for the sake of the tzitzis (fringes);

the pious wait for the true color,

to be discovered, bringing renewal.

To Be Human

You’re perfect in your imperfectness,

complete in your incompleteness;

and, whole in your brokenness.

Life is full of paradoxes,

that only G-d can mend,

by unravelling the tangled

threads of our existence.

Bringing together past and present,

reconciling our souls to the future

Kingdom, already present in our hearts.

Kingdom

Day by day,

the kingdom arises in the heart,

as does the dew fall from the sky,

and a seedling grow from the ground,

a man, not knowing how this happens.

The sun rises, and the sun sets,

renewal abounds every morning;

oblivion fades into perpetuity,

dawn brings the first ray of light.

I lay me down, and I sleep;

I awake, to a new day,

for the L-RD sustaineth me,

and, my G-d preserves my soul.

The thunder will reveal the truth,

hidden within the heights of heaven;

and, we will be gathered by the angels,

taken to the center of the world.

Ad’nai will then be King over all the earth. In that day Ad’nai will be Echad and His Name Echad.

– Zechariah 14:9

Bittersweet

Chassidism emphasizes the importance of setting aside time for introspection, each and every day, in order to search the soul, for flaws, negative character traits, and the accumulation of unwanted emotions. Yet, there are times when a spontaneous shift occurs, almost as if the soul has a natural element, given to a self cleanse mode, announcing that this moment is an opportune time to reflect, here and now, in an organic way. The moment becomes bittersweet, wherein a spark flames the desire to return to G-d, in a more sincere way, thus eventually giving way to joy.

“Thou didst turn for me my mourning into dancing.”

– Psalms 30:12, JPS 1917 Tanach