Monday, March 10, 2008

VeRuach Elokim Merachefet...

Times are feeling dark, but outside the light is increasing.
Spring is coming. Please G-d - redemption on every level.
All I needed was one comment (thank you Miriam)
to prompt me back to the archives
to find another picture of a place that I've been at
for the last 8 years, every the Spring.
This one reminds me of the saying that
faces reflect back the way water does.
I once heard it asked if faces reflect back
then why is it that when we seek G-d's countenance
we don't always feel a reflected return response.
The answer given was that faces reflect like water.
Water reflects proportionately to how close you are to it.
Rav Dovid Lifschitz
speaking on Yom Kippur night
cited the line which states
that at the start of time
there was darkness and confusion
and (not but - but and)
the spirit of G-d hovered over the water.
Rav Dovid said that that's life
there's darkness and confusion
and there's the spirit of G-d, always
In every religion
water holds a holy place
water provides peace
for restless people.
And that it all goes back
to when the spirit of G-d
hovered over the face of the water.

The favorite place
of any camp I've been in;
it's always the lake


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that metaphor about G-d's countenance and that "Water reflects proportionately to how close you are to it."

Very interesting distinction between and, and but . . .

Both poems are very beautiful and evocative.


March 11, 2008 at 9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a nice vort from R. Dovid. When did he speak on yom kippur night?

March 11, 2008 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Thanks Anon Maayan - I read that in a Rabbi Abraham Twerski book, I think in the name of the Baal Shem Tov.

Sometimes someone tells me something and it bugs me and I say so and then I take it in and look back and realize that the original being bugged was part of the taking in process. I see this in some students, they learn by questioning, sometimes in a way that seems like they'll never take it in. It's happened to me before and recently happened in regard to and/but. A friend of mine suggested that but negates all that came before it, or can seem to. I made a big deal about but not being a big deal. And I've come to realize that "and" can be more right as a continuation in an inclusive way. And but does sometimes negate more than one would really want to. It was a parenthetical aside but a lot of thought went into it...

Thanks for the compliment on the poems. It started as prose and then I split up the lines. It may still be prose, I'd be happy if it was poetry. What makes a poem a poem?

E Pluribus - In the early eighties I was at YU for Yom Kippur and Rav Dovid spoke. It was either '82 or '83, I'm thinking 82. He spoke for a long time, and I wished I remembered more. But I'm glad that I have that one.

March 11, 2008 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Lovely photograph. You know how I feel about water....

March 13, 2008 at 4:26 PM  

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