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As a Post Script to this piece……
Behold the growing need for Mercy felt by Levi.
Feel the restlessness, of these refuges! After his role in the plunder of Shechem comes the genealogy of Levi given in the Book of Exodus: he fathered three sons—Gershon, Kehath, and Merari. The years of Levi’s life were one hundred thirty seven years. The sons of Gershon were Libni and Shimei to their families. The sons of Kehath were Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel; the years of Kehath’s life were one hundred thirty three years. The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi. Here it is added that among Kehath’s sons was one—Amram—who married a woman named Jochebed, the biological parents of Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. Amram took Jochebed, his aunt, as his wife, and she bore him Aaron and Moses; the years of Amram’s life were one hundred thirty seven years.
As The Book of Numbers 26:59 explicitly states: “The name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed the daughter of Levi, whom [her mother] had borne to Levi in Egypt. Jochebed bore to Amram, Aaron, Moses, and their sister Miriam.”
Per the authoritative Hebrew and Aramaic text of the Tanakh for Rabbinic Judaism – the Masoretic Text – since Numbers explicitly states, Levi’s genealogy implies that Levi had a daughter (Jochebed), Joseph then was Moses’ great uncle? These are the families of the Levites according to their generations, connected to priestly duties.
Kohanim were the priests, who performed the work of holiness in the Temple, providing assistance to the Kohanim, particularly washing their hands, before the Kohanim recite the Priestly Blessing. Levites who were not Kohanim played music in the Temple or served as guards. Because they are traditionally pledged to Divine service, Levites do not participate in the Pidyon HaBen (redemption of the firstborn) ceremony.
The great explanation from what I understand how the God of Abraham decreed four hundred years of exile involves the little more than two hundred years that the Israelites actually were in Egypt. A countdown of 400 years begins with Isaac’s birth. Isaac was sixty years old when Jacob was born. Jacob was 130 years old when he went down to Egypt. This means that 190 of the 400 years elapsed before the Israelites arrived in Egypt. As soon as Abraham had a child, his seeds were subjected to living in lands that were not theirs—including Canaan which wasn’t “theirs” at the time. So the Israelites were in Egypt, which happened to be the Land of Hagar, the mother of Abraham’s first born son, for a total of 210 years. Almost half as long of the 430 years referred to.
So of the 210 years, God’s promise never does refer to Egypt by name, rather to a “land that is not theirs.”
Ecce ancílla! Behold the Handmaid … of the Lord!
In every story of the Hebrew Bible there is, when Abraham’s descendants are involved, the looking back. Like either for Lot’s nameless wife or Noah’s nameless wife. After all of the nameless received names.
Had you watched the news-clips this week from Macedonia or Hungary, and next week from Germany? In times of annihilation, as these sheep are willing to get branded by Church and/or State, in order to be saved. And note the earth in the story, in drought, in famine …. or even in times of plenty, but with winter not that far away. Behold the nameless in the story, carrying the Fear of the Lord with you, like perhaps the descendants of Ishmael these days? With no emotional attachment to you, these Muslims expected to be saved with welcome – maybe like Egypt once extended that kind of…
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Today is Eid al-Adha, an Arabic phrase for Feast of the Sacrifice. In all of human history, no writer ever tells a story except with a purpose. With a theme. In order to go deeper, back to the time when we were one. Before the split. To the root. This was a perspective of love. Deepest love.
Anyone born after 1994 came to learn the story as a child. About September 11th, like some kind of a new Halloween. Perhaps as a consequence of what happened that day, the probability is greater than not for those born after 1980, somewhere in the Western World, that you are now Unaffiliated. Somebody perhaps who is living a provisional, disrupted life. Un-spoused. Uncovered, not incidentally, by your life as a freelancer. Even with the Affordable Health Act [which is costing me $800 per month as an unmarried man, with a $6000 deductible.]
For a freelancer, what defines life ? Race. Color. Creed. Gender. Or HOME? Attached or unattached, there is the physics of sacrifice, after Abram’s first sacrifice of home. So Abram had discovered the Spirit of a land, but only after he gave up the place called home. After he separated himself from home. And as a consequence, Abraham / Ibriham is the Christopher Columbus of the new world involving Church-from-State sacrifice. Now depending on what book you subscribe to,with or without an acceleration of an importance, the finality of this discovery for all time was made as he tried to sacrifice his first born son. The Judeo-Christian world refers to the event as The Akedah. The Muslim world reads of the same story on Eid al-Adha. In either case, this is the story of the beginning of relationship. Humans with One God, in The Covenant based relationship. With real people.
Sacrifice is a violent act. What happens when the sacrificial act is not accepted by the community? To begin with, at the time, by the mother of Ibriham’s son? What cold shoulder of suspicion did Hagar give to both Abraham / Ibraham and Sarah after hearing of what had happened to Ishmael? After Hagar had sacrifice her own purity out of her love for this couple?
What was Abraham / Ibraham doing with Hagar’s living loving visible innocence named Ishmael, at a time that Abraham / Ibraham had his other son named Isaac? Whereas at a point in the story where Hagar never had ‘lost my husband’, in a sense Ishmael, after he was set free, had lost his father? How old in the morning light of Eid al-Adha had Ishmael been, with the magnitude of human sacrifice, in these splits, with all of the tensions which start immediately after a split. Between family? In the hidden practice of EXILE. Forever. From your clan.
The hidden archives. What defines life but a mother? So when did the Western world discover from the hidden archives about the whereabouts of Ishmael? As if you too are entitled to have this protected status, carrying a name, as a descendant of the Prophet Abraham? Yes, over time a prophet becomes unwanted, like the presence of Ishmael is an unwanted intrusion, in his native land. When the Victim in each of the stories of sacrifice taught the importance of giving up the protected status that you once had considered to be the inheritance, in the name of Forgiveness. And both of the sons of Abraham – in stories on innocence – had come back to bury their father. Together.
By sacrificing Ishmael and setting his first born son free, Abraham/Ibraham seems to have taken measure to make certain that his two sons would not compete against each other to the detriment of the world. And this was the real invisible sacrifice never quite celebrated on the Feast of the Sacrifice.
Formation: You in the story either with or without a religious tradition somehow acquired through Abraham. The Divine Comedy ends with the character, in The Dénouement, as the next generation takes over, better off than in the beginning. Like in the story of Noah, deleting the First Creation, before taking it back. Ishmael, better off than at the start of the story. In word and deed, set free …. only in a place that he does not know. And what of the art of language, without any stories of your own – a freelancer – without any body, except Adam’s story about the Tree of Knowledge?
Without a known language of their own, babies cry? Ishmael, but with a language of his own. A language to measure my God against your God, over who is best? When a people first share a language, before they can express what they sense about their God. The art of language involves immersion in spelling, grammar, vocabulary. The PLACE that specializes upon teaching to pass on the art of language…. for a certain consistency in a culture, with the young and the old. The greatness of Islam, of Christianity and of Judaism – that not many imans ever reveal these days – is when the same father taught you? Like Abraham once taught his two sons. Ishmael, with the mother with the language of a strange land …. of Egypt. How would Sarah ever intimately communicate with Ishmael? Had she recognized the problem, long before the end of weaning her own son Isaac? What is most true in the story is the imposition of the God of Abraham on Ishmael … in the way of circumcision. So why wouldn’t Abraham do the same thing in the way of sacrifice with his first born son that the Judeo-Christian world hears was also done with Sarah’s first born son. In the chronology of Sacrifice, in gratitude which leads to a need for Mercy/Forgiveness before Atonement. How? How to atone? Reparations? Deeds? To do good. To balance the evil in the world that I have a share in, from my own inheritance.
To pray through stories alone does not feel like prayer. Behold the part of language! How can a human be spiritual, except with a language that is their own? In evolution of …..why the illiterate suffer in a culture based upon the law, not learning the art of language, if the people do not know the depth of language. How would you trust the law if you did not know the language or the stories? In the HERE, after Abraham is gone? To pray without sacrifice does not feel like prayer. And in the story of both Eid al-Adha as well as The Akedah, both sons of Abraham live. For all the sons of Abraham, sharing something in common – in prayer with sacrifice – does feel like a cause for celebration. In The Dénouement, young men who went away and came back.
目前的武器! 展示您的忠诚度。 如果不是对国家、对人民的精神,在人民的土地。
令人叹为观止。 离开时, 再试一次。 这孩子, 第一次出生于前往伯利恒。 而现在前往耶路撒冷。 离开、像亚伯兰, 只在回应另一呼叫。 每个国家的法律,每个第一次出生的男性必须是神圣的。这是主耶和华说的。 什么是查找想要的邻居们, 如果你没有将你的儿子到圣殿吗? 在第一次呼叫已从,具有讽刺意义的是,该国。 转到伯利恒。 你看连接的留下的祭品。 下一呼叫的教堂/神殿。 与所有的这种突发性的, 从的角度来看, 婴儿。 “来吧”。 让我们去! 牺牲的。 进入耶路撒冷。 ”。 .与该事项的紧迫性,作为背景。 就像另一适当的日期。 有一定的天数内, 约瑟和玛利亚邀请任何亲属? 类似的回伯利恒的吗? 或没有告诉他们的父母吗? 他们何去何从?
THE ART is “Simeon’s Song of Praise” by Rembrandt
本演示文稿中进行介绍。 根据该法-最高法-关注纯度和门户网站,让我们的儿子。 这方面的各种障碍,搭建与613例。 证明你的价值,遵守摩西的律法。 在一定的天数。 和这样的故事作为家长需要耶稣在圣殿, 到目前他要在耶和华面前、按福音路加福音。 但很明显, 耶稣就不会是一种正统的犹太人, 至少在的角度来看, 所有这些外邦人接受到教会的使徒。 所以, 这是在第 8 天或第 40 天? 什么基督徒知道传统约到来的一天,以净化吗? 什么做的罗马天主教徒知道的重大意义的第4个快乐的奥秘,他们自己的玫瑰吗? 因为没有它,它自己飞到埃及之后,访问的漫? 但这是说, 即使是希律王的弥赛亚, 据《马太福音》、《家长信耶稣在耶路撒冷的存在他。 这是耶和华说的。 根据马太福音,约瑟夫·保持他的家庭在埃及,直到希律王死了——这是在公元前4的年龄为七十岁。 有个传道师, 就像是第二个表妹一次删除, 因为这两个案例不可能是正确的。
注意这两个故事中的演示文稿。 西缅是命名的第二个儿子, 雅各和利亚所生的。 并提供了一种牺牲、每个国家的法律,有一对年轻的白鸽。 现在这家伙命名为西缅-无论其名称来指的是-在耶路撒冷, 等候。 它已被西缅人先知约瑟作人质,使他的兄弟可能会返回与便雅悯。 到埃及。 如马利亚和约瑟, 不是已经有了足够的流离失所现象如果不中断, 因为概念的这个孩子, 在他们的生活中, 你看神秘的连接法和西缅人的宝宝放到他的手臂, 和股神! 在他的优良传统, 西蒙认为所谓的第二个圣殿的一天。 这样的老男人的名字的意思是“他听说了”扰乱了玛利亚和约瑟,因为他们试图满足所有法的规定。 真正意义的故事是有关耶稣的第一次在庙里, 在他们返回家园。 从伯利恒、耶路撒冷。 可能从埃及。 直到他看见弥赛亚、西緬未死,他认为,他说:“现在,主人,您可以让您的仆人’。”因此意义出生的是与他自己的死亡吗? 不知怎的。 约瑟夫·西緬人企图摧毁他的兄弟约瑟夫,在第一次出生的儿子,雅各,约瑟已保存。 在家庭中,对痴迷者如果不纯洁、执着的出生权,这已成为以某种方式连接到“保存”。这样西缅的存在,指出父母如何做个人的威胁,从被浸到了文化这个酝酿期,当纯度成为冲突中的私营和公共生活的执着比生命本身吗? 你看净化吗? 当局在神殿里。 你看庙。 你没有想过所罗门的智慧和他建造的第一座神殿, 建议要解决争论的孩子可能会被拆分吗? 找到亚伯拉罕的故事中两个妇女住在同一所房子里,两人都有一种婴儿的儿子,而是一名女子声称,其他,都声称是他母亲的生活的儿子,来到所罗门的判决。 之后意外地扼杀了她自己的儿子在睡觉的时候, 也交换了两个孩子, 使显示生活的孩子是她的。 经过审议后, 国王的一剑将其带进了他。
你看这快乐的奥秘、连接到敬畏耶和华的恐惧在这点的生活、创造、为每个父级! 与所有关注纯度? 因此,西梅是一种当代的法利赛人或是因为撒都该人不相信耶稣复活的吗? 什么已成为痴迷的法利赛人时,只有一种方式来思考、敬拜、会成为威胁的非常相同的人的条件,在纯洁的教会和国家现在共同存在的微弱优势,在罗马的帝国。 你看西缅人感到, 他可以采取的宝宝放到他的手臂? 你没有想回的故事中, 两个妇女住在同一所房子里, 两人都有一种婴儿的儿子, 而是一名女子声称其他后意外地扼杀了她自己的儿子在睡觉的时候, 声称这婴儿吗? 虽然该事件发生的第一座神殿。 怎么约瑟回应这西缅, 其名称也已连接的想法是, “iscegenation” 吗? 究竟这西缅的神的仆人,告诉玛丽,“和你自己的剑将刺穿”的最左的读卡器吗?喘着粗 在这一令人难以置信的故事的介绍,有她的同伴、Joseph、心里的冲突,您的儿子也属于,由谁保存的参与——某种个人的参与——作为形成过程的——“给定”根据什么你不知道或不相信,你的神秘感——《弥赛亚》开始。 所以从哪里起源的耶稣吗? 您是如何形成的弥赛亚吗? 作为我们中的一人! 和你的孩子看上去像你的邻居, 你回家吗?
认为,第一天回家的作业如父的弥赛亚。 与整个传统在纯度、清洗、餐具、器皿的血统,在这个令人不安的存在…的精神。这是主耶和华说的。 与您一起成长。
叙述性的紧张局势主要是预扣税信息。 在任何关系、作为您的出生地点百叶窗你到外面的世界, 语言针对寿终正寝的附件, 这种精神从哪里来的…基础上创办的牺牲。 有的问题是不可分割业权份数支持约瑟夫似乎被迫采取一种信誓旦旦的贞洁, 住在玛利亚和圣子的恩。 这神学的纯度、自时间的亞伯拉罕、撒拉、他半-姐妹、传上你的第一次儿子出生的。 出身于传统的大多是牺牲的故事, 同一种梦想是亚伯拉罕的后裔, 是约瑟的先知。 正在以某种方式保存的东西就像自己的儿子,有一定数量的这种保护状态…在一开始,靠近主页的某处在以色列。 在讲故事时玛利亚和约瑟的传统,命令给Adam劈吗? “因此,人要离开他的父亲和他的母亲、和劈到他的妻子,二人成为一体”。尽管约瑟在他的呼吁,代表整个传统,大卫的家,他在这里仍然是劈开他完美的妻子也许出的偏见,他了解外面的世界。 像亚伯兰。
当您离开家的普查,在一定的呼叫,当你的神是不受限制的,一地一地的边界。 然后,从这一传统的游牧、传递、保存后保存、发现的神秘,通过故事。 玛利亚和约瑟次漫,和陌生人在庙里的人都来寻找他们的儿子。 在他们返回的许诺的土地,看见了牺牲的恐惧的故事,总是怀疑是在中心的神秘或信仰使这些故事之外的想像力。
找到 “个人的边界的故事, 带有侵犯个人如果没有社区边界的故事中的演示文稿。 由西、一。 注意到冲突的权力的故事中, 当周围有很多的亲人, 同样的人的条件, 无论是作为最后一个人在地球上-或-第一次和感觉这样独自一人吗? 你看需要掩饰它们生活在异常的这些亲人, 与玛利亚和所有的陌生的她的处女的出生, 通过事情不物理共享-施加酷刑的她能活神, 亚伯拉罕给下一代的通过此子。
上帝的羔羊,查明的牧羊人,在一开始的! 你看所有的人的利益在困难时候,教会与国家之间,在时间的希律王已死,在分裂的两个王国的罗马人已经搬过来了。 生活的无形的损失,自己的语言,将是对你发生后要求你再次作为它的奴隶吗? 眼中的罗马人,他们的拉丁,如英文带来了自己的语言去爱尔兰吗? 这么老的人, 如何有盲目、如何受压迫的人的眼睛吗? 看这人的意义的故事弥赛亚在回家后的第一次在庙里。 如果您获取的小细节错误, 所有的恐惧的故事 power over me 涉及分割的土地, 债券是没有痛苦的, 而是来自于牺牲, 你会得到很大的图片错误的影响-如果没有你的土地和你自己的流离失所问题, 从您的原籍地, 至少在生活中的您的儿子。
呼吸-考虑! 本演示文稿中进行介绍。 注意这两个故事中的演示文稿的牺牲, 一对年轻的白鸽。 提供一种牺牲、每个国家的法律, 这种紧迫感, 若干天内。 有提到埃及的牺牲赎回第一出生的儿子。 “凡头生的男子,你的儿子、你要赎回。 和它来通过, 如果你的儿子问你在未来, 说: “这是什么?”。 您应向他说, “用大能的手神把我们从埃及为奴之家领出来。 和它来通过法老太顽固,让我们出,神的转换每个长子在埃及的土地上”。
以色列的逾越节。 为什么不了解,关于耶稣、马利亚和约瑟看不可避免的吗? 你为什么偷的神秘感,对仍然存在的冲突的权力和共享的dominion,另一故事的神秘吗? 在这些年轻的父母终于回家了。 你看系统替换, 亞伯拉罕、摩西? 注意包皮环切之后, 只有在亚伯拉罕也和父亲的孩子通过他的妻子的婢女。 因此在科学的后果, 他的第一次儿子是个奴隶。 如果您没有一代数, 并导致故事一代一代的仆人和靈澆灌、在埃及地作过奴仆。 在中的幽灵,有突然的意外,像是被放逐或想尝试真正的牺牲。 和所有的意外,这些故事似乎只是将重复自己,但是在鼠标悬停的鬼,对忘恩负义的使女夏甲,Sarah至少赶她的婢女和她的一半埃及人的儿子。
什么是明显的, 我对我的宗教传统的以某种方式获得通过亚伯拉罕是每个传统的宗教 Abrahamaic -犹太教、基督教、伊斯兰教-所需要的两个故事和一种真正的生活的人类的身体、为了传递方法的祷告。 夏甲承认永远的不只是她的状态的,不过是她的儿子,但在遥远的希望的东西总有一天会改变吗? 关于她的奴役吗? 要连接点关于夏甲、亲密关系、无条件的爱、对玛利亚和约瑟, 就像亚伯拉罕牺牲了他的纯洁的方式相同
亚当已经平息的夏娃。 将玛丽的牺牲她的纯洁,像夏甲,她自己的亞伯拉罕呢。 她的主人。
“大部分是它们是相同的生活。 同样的故事, 一遍又一”写信给 David Remnick 的编辑, 《纽约人》杂志上。 当我们使我们的生活与故事。 几乎相同的故事, 一代又一代。 当您的关系, 其基础是这样活着的, 但具有很大的焦躁不安。 当你祈祷是这样活着的…和你想要其他人再有同样的体验。 甚至有时你必须找地方逃跑。 在开始?
总有未知的存在年龄有关的所有“参量的”儿童的出生,喜欢的悬念失去了当你知道了结尾的故事。 “参量”失去了像一出生的儿子可能会认为他的遗产。 如果你花了时间来看,您是否注意到了更多的苦难的生活受害人失踪,数年,像在约瑟的先知吗? 有这么多的感情…你注意缺失的一部分,就像早已遗忘的第一次出生的儿子,以实玛利受割礼的吗? 当他离开了家, Sarah 和亚伯拉罕。 并不是有了相当程度的敬畏耶和华每当孩子缺失的吗? 谁能忘记的长子吗? 在故事的缺失才是最终的受害者, 罩-眨巴着眼睛的人丢失。 首先, 雅各从的角度来看, 以撒和雅各的儿子约瑟。 你看这一出生右键、连接到不可见的如果不能缺少的。 与所有的灵性连接到什么第一似乎缺失, 一时-就像在回应”的羊羔在哪里” 的问题。 在这些案例的缺失看見耶穌、要先知命名以色列、周围的人他从来就没有真正的信任——甚至是他的长子以利亞、他以为出卖了他。 你没有看到的故事,雅各的&儿子的所有暴力的尝试是一? 再试一次。 和这样的无形的恐惧已连接至的神、雅各的神、所以有别于上帝的亚伯拉罕的神、以撒的神, 耶稣的长大。
“故事的开头创建的, 正如我们所看到的, 是故事的行为加以区分的一件事。 它结束了话说到最关键的区分所有…” 丹尼尔写的核战争的丢失。 这是够硬的人的儿子在第一时间——只有完美的儿子这一次。
没有它,它害怕的东西,人们在这里的第一位? 要在某个地方崇拜自由吗? 什么是最真正的关于摩西的律法和犹太教神学的但在门户网站的生与死-谁属于。 他是我们中的一人吗? 与所有的亞伯拉罕的步行。 使用纯度为达到一种目的的手段的重要性的运动。 实现这一目标。 但牺牲纯洁的一天。 但在它的下面,还有基本的恐惧。 在门户网站,仍是关注的清纯和神学的纯度为您试图创建一种正常人的生活,与羔羊的血在阈值的按住,提供了一种身份,是连接至已保存的。 和现在生活在这纯洁的。 想笑, 可能是正常的。 后展示您的忠实于你的神。
或是它两个的快乐和痛苦,是从认识上帝吗? 毕竟,这是一种爱的故事。 自从时间亚伯拉罕的中心,所有的此剧的是爱和亚伯拉罕的处理性爱和生育的。 与根据《创世纪》或《瞩目的,这些关系的故事。 和所有的人类历史中, 从来没有人告诉的故事不具有某种议程-想通过关系, 与所有的快乐和痛苦的神或只是每个其他的, 当爱的分割。 有犹太人的祈祷关于生存的共同信念, 因为亚伯拉罕的牺牲叫 Akedah, 涉及他的儿子和未来的世界。 他说听到了, 一天的 Unetaneh Tokef 祷告的危险的一年来-的危险是我们周围的危险我的土地的价值在这块土地上的值的所有货币的东西, 有助于保持幻想、受到威胁.像犹太人, 所以许多地方, 基督徒在伊拉克? 或穆斯林人在美国:
如在具有象征意义的牺牲在演示-阿伯拉罕的特许权是爱的分割。 约瑟和玛利亚承认永远的不只是她的状态但影响的牺牲她的儿子,就像以往任何时候都更加自在的时间,莎拉和她的弟弟亞伯拉罕。 像什么有关的消息影响,牺牲是在警告、西緬的或想听到的结论Beautitudes。
这快乐的奥秘后所有的所谓的爱的故事,关于存在的。 神秘、喜欢 Sarah 的。 就像伊丽莎白的。 喜欢玛丽。 这些同学不得不表现出他们的爱心, 如亚伯拉罕所行的事。 在牺牲。 与生俱来的而不是死亡。 在另一端的一种牺牲。
在他们离开耶路撒冷, 恐惧相当于 10 多岁的年龄-雅各布, 你听到了没有 “穿透” 的神秘的先知撒迦利亚•: “…和他他们要仰望自己所扎的人, 他们须为他作为一名死难者的儿子, 他们将失去他的一桩婚事的长子”。
您将如何能够达成儿童或教导孩子的故事,以撒的背景的时间与所有等待的Sarah,以及随后的牺牲在远古时代? 有的秘密牺牲的父亲亚伯拉罕也告诉任何人吗? 真正的人不知道,奇怪,如果没有怀疑、困惑吗? 处理与永恒的、自…和所有的过去。
爱你吗? 牺牲我? 在关系中的故事无条件的爱、看孩子耶稣-太像一次男孩撒! 经过一段时间的等待, 所见的表姐伊丽莎白命名的。
“你是有福的。 当他们侮辱你、逼迫你…” 89 年-老女人怀孕吗? 然后是处女的出生! 谁会相信,当它将会通过-喜欢传统的,如果你的儿子问你在未来,说:“这是什么?”的哑口无言的心和 等待的思想,这是西缅的家伙达到您的婴儿。 ”。 ”在殿里,在所有的地方。 在这之后处女诞生了的未婚夫夫妇是什么人叫西蒙的代表,任何人名叫约瑟? 和生活在这片土地上, 你有感觉, 也许像是新近获得解放的成人, 关于传统的负担, 所以许多人放弃, 像之间的距离。 以色列和犹大众人、或两个父亲和儿子? 而对于那些想要保住的东西, 有一种感觉, 你真的不能移动, 但您不能入住。 和谁能相信孩子的父母有一天告诉他, 自己的女生吗? 如果他不敢告诉任何人。
“如果有人想要我的,——就像我来到了以实玛利之后,我来到了以撒之后——他必须拒绝自己…日常。 并按照我说的。 谁想要挽救他的生命将会失去它;谁为生命,牺牲他们的生命[给予]生命、将其保存的。”
这是所有在本演示文稿中,就像我的姐姐曾说过在读一本书——玛莎·斯图尔特。 有一定的喜乐。 在伦勃朗的“西缅之歌赞」、不看庙,是主要的特征,在演示文稿中的吗? 或是它的灯吗?
Narrative tension is primarily about withholding information. With a fear in the story, doubt was always the center of either mystery or faith which moved THESE STORIES beyond the power of imagination. If you get the small details wrong, with all the fear in the story about land and women and suffering, you will get the big picture wrong – affecting if not your money, if not your land, then at least your kids.
“What is interesting to me is that every act that follows – light and dark, night and day, dry land and oceans, plants and animals, and finally man from dust – is described as an act of separation. What did God do when he saw that the light was ‘good’? He separated it from darkness, and then proceeded to go on separating ….The story begins with Creation which, as we have seen, is the story of the acts of distinguishing one thing from another. It ends by alluding to the most crucial distinction of all, the distinction between Good and Bad, a distinction that becomes apprehensible to humans only by eating the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, a tree about which the Torah tells us that it was (like light) ‘good’ ….. that it was desirable for comprehension. -from Daniel Mendelsohn’s The Lost
When the goal all along of a good translator on a dead language – a lot like at a currency exchange in a land so foreign, or maybe a lot like in the ongoing family relationships after a divorce – should be to promote quality understanding by its people reaching for some kind of union, about shared belief.
Did you feel the restlessness of a young man? Over the imposition. The anger over outside influences. Like the International Monetary Fund. How dare the IMF! How dare you tell us how to live! Or how dare the church? Or how dare the United States of America, if you lived in a Muslim nation since the Gulf War, which goes back a generation.
Facing the emerging challenge of enlightenment epistemology and the secular political order, in the method, validity and scope of western government with their money: the independent women who are so hard to relate to. As achievement alienates men, as men once alienated their stay-at-home wives. There was a disconnect between a generally PROMISING financial reality and their deep-seated financial fear. Woman, with her fears: It was not the pride in financial independence, with the matching arrogance as much as the “bag lady” fear: the fear of being destitute. To be left as a bag lady. To be left only with your bag. The fear of a woman with fertility.
The strangeness of power. Asset seizure. The insiders and the outsider in the story, with tension between individuals, families, and states over the human power to impose. A reverse side of the same human rights question, in the balance between church and state, is seen in China, in their integration project to nationalize fertility, since this fertility was all just a personal commodity, under the safety of the nation. A homeland, with migrants leaving and coming back. And the anger of those forced to stay.
In the beginning of. Did you ever think about the writer who wrote the Book of Genesis? With the male perspective, in the ordering and a concern over who came first. Dust and the significance of who came first, in the way of leadership, when there had been no man to work the soil. Dust!. Note the ordering and the way in which Adam discovered his solitude: “BUT FOR ADAM THERE WAS NOT FOUND A HELP MATE FOR HIM.” Rashi comments: “When He brought them, He brought them before him as male and female. Thereupon Adam said, ‘All of them have a mate, and I have no mate!’ Immediately, the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon him.”
And yes there was the naivete in the story of “the calling of the names” which refers to the division of the species as – male and female – they passed before Adam, and he contemplated their nature as to which of them would be a help to each other in procreation so that they should beget offspring. And so Adam contemplated his own procreation, before a sudden change of consciousness if not his perspective.
Perspective: the closer you are, the less objective you will be.
All of the strangeness in the story. When things the first time would look strange to a child, if a child had a memory. Just as little children are frightened of turbans, veils, or burqas, in all the things which we had never seen, before the first time. Like Eve, as God’s gift. And how my nation today, in trying to reach a parity, not fairness, seemed afraid of this strangeness. And even after the creation of Eve, there is the appearance in the story of so few women. Did you notice that Adam did name his wife – and he got to name his wife, and not the other way around – though there was no discussion of the wedding ceremony, concerning this “wife.” And he of course was forced to believe in monogamy as a gift from the one God, because he had no other choice. And to listen to the penalties assessed after each ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, when they got too smart for their own fig leafs: “To the woman He said, “I shall surely increase your sorrow and your pregnancy; in pain you shall bear children. And to your husband will be your desire, and he will rule over you.”
Note that the first commandment, besides KNOWING God, had been a dietary law. Somehow this God was associated with food, in the dietary law about the apple. Did you note the innocence of God at the time to expect that his one simple law would be obeyed … without reflection of the “just” part of the law? When the LAW would become, overtime, associated with this God. As God would become as complex as the people he helped created. In whose Image and Likeness was this God? Or was this the reversal of the mirror?
Behold the Naivete. In the beginning, when you were born into something, when you were only able to distinguish good from evil in a story after eating of the fruit. When Adam and Eve already were in relationship but then in need for the widest form of perspective. With a need for clarity, with all of the risk in bond markets. I believe that a woman, especially, tends to overlook the red flags once she slips between the sheet — perhaps as a involuntary reaction to prevent her from labeling herself a “slut.” I believe that a woman, especially, loses clarity about a new man in her life once she sleeps with him.
Bond markets. The search for high yields and some form of clarity. And so education and the need for a wide perspective — and maybe that apple. In the bond market, no one seemed to ever care about the soft law approach in the event of a significant event that seems quite disruptive to bond markets. Like expulsion.
“And to man He said, ‘Because you listened to your wife, and you ate from the tree from which I commanded you saying, “You shall not eat of it,” cursed be the ground for your sake; with toil shall you eat of it all the days of your life.'”
And so both the pleasure and the pain in the story of life and death: the humor in the story — the very dry humor — with the curse of the serpent to eat dust, after man had come from dust.
But what was the commentary of 11th-century French scholar Rabbi Schlomo be Itzhak who is better known as Rashi on the line: “Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” In a story when neither Adam nor Eve had a father or a mother, what is this perspective about leaving a father and a mother? This author captured the story of beginning – until this rather abrupt sentence of a new command.
Narrative tension is primarily about withholding information, and the author of the Book of Genesis with a poetic style, had left so much tension, if this was the original scroll, about belonging. As the first command was focused upon knowing God, and this next command focused upon knowing Eve, beyond the power of imagination — in either bond, or in a kind of separation. So now outside the Garden, “One flesh?”
So did you ever feel the heart splitting, accompanied by grief, the day that you are asked to leave? If rending is to split apart into pieces, does the rending process involve violence? To either grieve together or to rage when you are banished? Is that the choice of Eve and Adam? To split or to REND a heart is “to divide, as a nation.”
So once again, in a command to Adam – especially after the mysterious and somehow moving symbol in the garden of a tree that represents both the pleasure and the pain, I have come to think, from knowing things – to separate something, about God, along a natural line of separation.
In the story of “A man shall leave….” in the beginning, there is now shame, after Adam joined in with Eve. Just as God did when He saw that the light was ‘good’, He separated light from darkness and then proceeded to go on separating, with now a new goal of ONE FLESH? So, like man from dust, man from woman is described as an act of separation, but with a closeness? The new command involved a True Relationship. Because the size of the problem had come from missing all the love that God had for the world, in the ‘not knowing’ by Eve? In the thoughtlessness. Over what you were born into? Now about this fear of a woman with fertility, to be left only with your bag – to be left as a bag lady, outside the Garden.
And so this next commandment … another commandment: To “cleave to,” for the new migrants, but this next commandment, through a payment of the penalty, about cleaving, with the pangs of child-bearing? All because of not pride as much as the vainglory of Eve. Or over what she never HAD? In a story dealing not so much with loss but what she never felt about God, would pain make someone think harder? When expiation means “from out of, to admit to and extinguish a guilt incurred, to put an end to guilt,” because Eve was above the law, above the one simple command? Would this “cleaving” achieve expiation? What would become of ONE FLESH?
In the sands of time, doubt always is in the center of the mystery story about dust, and fertility and growth. Did you ever note the separate belief in the story of Adam and Eve, after leaving the security of Adam’s God all behind, with both the pleasure and the pain in the story of life and death?
In the relationship with her husband, how dare He tell me how to live! So Adam shared in Eve’s sneakiness. Spiritual, not real kosher — with an anger over outside influence. Would her sons inherit their mother’s sneakiness and the quiet hostility that went with it –not outright telling your husband that you would not be worshiping the God of Adam? And then the shame. And from out of shame, to put an end to guilt, comes life. Given new life.
To extinguish the guilt incurred, to carry the future, Eve and Adam are to produce new life. “To the woman He said, ‘I shall surely increase your sorrow and your pregnancy.’”
In another act of separation, as you faced expulsion in light or darkness, to be left only with your bag. The movement in the story for all of the migrants and immigrants since the very beginning: and so Adam contemplated his own procreation, with the doubt and fears beyond the power of imagination which develops into such deep feeling … in this need to cleave comes a closeness from maybe the fear of outside influence, in a human need to just belong. And so this sin of pride — better expressed as a sin which came out of hostility — which came out of not belonging to a place but somehow knowing a Living God? Or a hostility about not knowing — in such a personal part about not knowing God. Because neither God nor mankind in partnership are going to survive long if you do not come to recognize both hostility and shame, living in the world.
“What is interesting to me is that every act that follows – light and dark, night and day, dry land and oceans, plants and animals, and finally man from dust – is described as an act of separation.” — from Daniel Mendelsohn’s The Lost
“Mostly they are the same lives. The same stories, over and over,” wrote David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker. In a long narrative tension from withholding information from later generations, which shows up in later chapters, we endow our lives with stories. And a few key words in the acts of distinguishing one thing from another kept showing up over and over in the family history: “Vexation.” The damage which is suffered, often in covert operations, as a consequence of the tricks of another. The seen and the unseen tension over rivalry, as the second person is created. And instead of some kind of death penalty for eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, Eve and Adam are punished by their cleaving, reproducing more people like themselves, but in the process discovering the depth of the love of God through each other. In consequence of the tricks of Another, in their united problem in the beginning missing the size of all the love that God had for the world, this narrative tension primarily is about information withheld. And of course CLEAVAGE.
Did you ever note the missing understanding in the Story of Firsts? What is missing in the First Creation in the Book of Genesis, beyond understanding, is any shared belief. The tension which would be passed along to Cain and then Abel would be over the failure to share a common understanding of God. And the struggle in any close relationship was over understanding, if there was no shared belief. What would come to this first family who did not share a common perspective of God? What would come of this family?
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To recognize My God. Abraham. When religion began dividing a people. A man in need of God. A man symbolic of the division between humans – with Hagar and Sarah. The rivalry. Having to decide about the power-base which has surrounded you, since your birth. About present valuations.
The movement in the story. Leaving, coming back, in an under-populated world. The repeated themes of fertility. Of exile and banishment. Of water, of floods. Of wells, of drought. Of enslavement. Of a way of life that could not be escaped from. The slow movement of nomads over time and space populated by mostly people living in denial, if not fear, of God. With themes of birthrights, of power and might, on life and death, so the comparative approach to the real God by fathers to sons, with that identity commandment.
Coming to know, to recognize God and His Image, concerning reproductions, prayer, intimacy, love. The relationship with a mission to love and to serve.
The movement in the story. Leaving, coming back. The females missing so much in the action of the story. In the stories of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The nomads all with barren wives. In clearly an under-populated world. The repeated themes of fertility, and the arrangements — with land. Exile and banishment, from land. The Promise Land, for its fertility. And a return to a place by the next generation with a greater degree of exercised freedom.
The relationship theme. The conflicts which moved a couple. Did you ever note how much the women taken as spouses were outsiders? Except for Sarah. Go back and see from where Sarah had come, in the story, in the arrangement, of Chosen People. With the relationship theme, within a keep-to-yourself culture. In a part of the world where a stranger had difficulty breaking into the mainstream. It is said that Minnesotans have this tendency to keep outsiders at a comfortable distant. Like the new people at work.
In a state, comparatively speaking, with a high percentage of homegrown residents. Specifically seventy percent of the people are native-born in Minnesota. “They’ve never been,” said Cathy Shaefer, in describing insular people not intentionally cliquish, “alone before.” People perhaps only too comfortable with their lives. This statistic of homegrown people, provided by the Department of the Interior, was so high thirty years ago that it was described as “overwhelming.”
Social life. And so the story of nomads, settling down. In this Minnesota culture that Garrison Keillor had made a living describing. In Seattle this same social malaise is known as the Seattle Chill. People of color might conclude that the missing genuine welcome is due to racism.
It was the difficulty of all transplants. The burning bush that Moses found is still in Egypt. When it was hard moving into a new environment to be ignited. Readers often overlook the importance of ‘place’ in a story that defines everything. Perhaps it is due to the old Scandanavian heritage of Minnesota, where people here are still described as so generous, yet so detached to the newcomer. And like a river or a mountain, the old Norwegians and Swedes have set the tone for the rest of us to follow.
When you are born into something: And much like the challenge faced by each generation, to make the God of my ancestors a Living God, so the communal challenges of a people set apart to live in community. With the movement in the story, as valuations changed. Finding the quiet humility in the search for a homeland with God.
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Riot and civil commotion in the age of technology were referred to as the peril of Flash Mobs of marauding teenagers. The disturbances, the surprise disturbances, when warning signs long have been there. It was the story of the weekend in London, Philadelphia and Milwaukee.
From Chicago to St. Louis, in Cleveland, in Los Angeles and the District of Columbia, in Milwaukee and Philadelphia, numerous metropolitan areas have been confronted in the summer of 2011 by violent flash mobs. The mayor of Philadelphia addressed the issue from the pulpit where he worships. After the July 29th random beatings in Center City, Mayor Michael Nutter said, “When [people] see that kind of behavior and activity, it is in fact damaging to all African Americans and all Philadelphians. That’s why I said what I said.”
Creation of gangs was a sign of major discontent, and I had lost track of how many generations that American urban areas were dealing with gang wars. Did not the movie “Westside Story” address the issue, in the 1960s? It was the second summer of flash mobs in Philadelphia. In Milwaukee, it was the second month of the same flash mob like incidents of race-related violence. Mob attacks occurred with the opening of the Wisconsin State Fair after a similar episode at Riverwest, with racially motivated beatings in July when seventy-five to one hundred black youths disturbed traffic crossed a bridge into the Riverwest neighborhood where two gas stations were robbed. And police were called to a disturbance at a Summerfest hip-hop show.
All of the signs perceived to be a black problem– black kids killing black kids, gang bangers– largely unheeded by wider society. About largely men who have given up all hope and possibly absolute belief. Young people with no stake any more in the neighborhood and, consequently, in the world. This disbelief is compounded when it becomes a reality over generations. With absolute belief in nothing. What was nihilism? Giving up all hope because of the injustice of money. This absolute nihilistic belief for those looting – born not only out of present day experiences but the experience of their parents’ too – is to behave in a manner these people have. Because the great truths we learn experientially…not cognitively.
So, if you cannot find justice, or get equality on your own, what should you do? All of these signs perceived to be about power, or feeling powerless. The discontent when you felt powerless, with no stake in the world. Alienated from the system that a society believed in. Though their mothers and sisters still loved them – unconditionally – what was the attitude of such men towards women? The ones who got a woman pregnant and left. Was it one of fear? Of being inadequate? Was it some kind of self-fear. There was a present day anger at Thomas Jefferson for having children out of wedlock with a slave. What would the present day feeling be if a white man got a black woman pregnant over and over and left?
When you cannot get equality and cannot expect justice, and it was unjust to loot? Without ever considering from whose past or whose present they were taking. And there were all these young people who asked not to be judged. Because for them there were no longer issues of right and wrong. When you never had had belief in institutions. Because when no one seemed to care about you, why should the young care about institutions?
The unrest. April in Venice. California that is. When hundreds of rival gang members congregated along the Los Angeles seafront. After some had posted on Twitter, shots rang out as police were strategizing a response to the crowd. People scattered, as pandemonium reigned.
Last week the National Retail Federation issued a report recommending how to prevent robberies in a flash attack, like the one last week at Water Tower Place in Chicago on Saturday night, as teens compete to knock out an unsuspecting victim with a single punch. Since February, student journalists at Loyola University’s Water Tower campus have been reporting on a rash of crimes committed by “flash mob offenders.” In April, the McDonald’s at Chicago Avenue and State Street, 70 youths descended and took over. The same scenes have occurred n Belleville, Missouri, mostly recently on July 9th.
In the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights up to one thousand teen youth at the July 4 fireworks display generated fights, general chaos, looting, and robberies. There was an unrest of the underemployed population, as 25 million people witness 2 percent of the population who are doing better than they ever have. When the world seemed so unfair.
It was a symptom of Post Traumatic Stress. After a great shameful event, everyone agreed to not talk about it. Everywhere. In post World War II, when the veterans came home.
Vanquished. As two lands are laid waste. Ten Years After. Like some kind of lingering song of a rock ‘n roll group, about the climatic effects of nuclear winter. As a generation loses its fertility. Yeah, and bin Laden was dead.
In war. Who do you believe in a war? The Church? A president? When crimes became immeasurable? With all the authentic post traumatic stress syndrome, in the aftermath. The irony of human justice, in a world laid with some kind of post-Nazi foundation of moral relativism to believe that a sovereign country has no right to judge the criminal who hurt its citizens. In a world, with so many young people who now felt that they should not be judged. When people no longer could believe in authority. For a generation which believes in no authority, what was to fill the vacuum of power? As no one went into politics, who I knew, with a well-formed conscious.
Global warming. Who do you believe about climate change? What do you believe about global authority? Long after an atomic bomb was dropped in war, like some kind of lingering song of a rock ‘n roll group, when invisible crimes became more measurable, when a force hits an immovable object, as the land is laid waste, in a western world laid without much of a foundation, and no one addresses the issue. When science forgot about nuclear winter?
In the physics of memory, in a world with so many grandchildren who felt that they should not be judged, comes global warming. The irony of human justice, about the climatic effects of nuclear winter.
War. Anger meeting anger. The powerlessness, as the aftermath of anger. In an unforgiving world of pierced tongues. With the distortions of power, even in the free world. Especially in the free world, reconstructed, in the dog eat dog world of capitalism. So what was worse, child pornography or torture? What if done in the name of Homeland Security?
When memory becomes a political issue. When vanquished.
How to use power?
The vacuum of power. When crimes became immeasurable? After the land is laid waste, in the physics of power and the abuse of power, comes nuclear winter. And Reconstruction, with the pain pills. For all the motherless children left behind.
War. Who do you believe in a war? It was a sad state of the world, when Russia becomes the spokesman for atrocities. Just as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov accused NATO of mounting an assassination attempt, illegal under international law, so had the Khaddafi government challenged the aims of the NATO mission, under international law. On the eve of bin Laden’s last day of life, the opponents of Colonel Khaddafi questioned whether Seif al-Arab al-Qaddafi, 29, and three unidentified grandchildren had actually been killed, or whether the announcement amounted to a ploy by Colonel Khaddafi to win sympathy and deflect blunt criticism of his own attacks on several rebel-held areas.
Issues not much different than the death of bin Laden.
In the aftermath, in the authentic post traumatic stress syndrome of war, who did you trust? When the American vision of justice, the irony of human justice, was one of vengeance and war. As the world lost its fertility. As a land is laid waste. Where once there seemed an universality in international law.
Sergey V. Lavrov said the NATO attack “arouses serious doubts about coalition members’ statement that the strikes in Libya do not have the goal of physically annihilating Mr. Khaddafi and members of his family.” Said the chairman of the international affairs committee in Russia’s lower house of parliament, Konstantin I. Kosachev, “I am very surprised by the total silence of the presidents of the U.S., France, and some other Western countries.” If reports of the deaths of Qaddafi family members are confirmed, it would drive home that the Western operation “is unacceptable to the same degree as the attacks by Qaddafi and his forces on civilians.”
Power as a force in life. How to use your mastery, to defend the land? After thousands upon thousands are dead, how to use power? When the land, when the ocean, is laid waste, beyond measure.
With all the authentic post traumatic stress syndrome, living in the aftermath. Coming home, to figure out how to use power, to defend women and children.
In a world laid out with inviolate human rights, in a vacuum of power when leaders still sought vengeance making all life meaningless, how to use power?
In the aftermath of war, the sense of belonging. The human attempt set in motion to pass on a culture communicated, not by bellicose conquest, not by allocation or purchase of fluorocarbons, but through fertility. Human fertility. When fertility was the only language which conveyed the sense of belonging. When the invisible became visible.
With all the distortions of reality, in reconstruction of the land. About questions of belief. Over the reality of post traumatic stress and climatic effects of nuclear winter, with the administration of pain pills. Pills for fertility, pills for the pain, paid by a national health insurance policy. For those who could not cope, in a series of chemical reactions set in motion which was breaking down the stratospheric ozone layer protecting Earth. With all the distortions of reality, in reconstruction of the land, it was about the new perspective in such a world with the changing light—and tattoos. Light pollution, as a consequence of nuclear winter, from nuclear weapons.
When invisible crimes became more measurable, over time. To see all of the injustice in the world. And to somehow respond — rather quickly. Before forgetfulness sent in. Above the troposphere.
Before the next meaningless war, a response. About what you believed to be most true.
Tuesday this goy was invited to a Seder dinner, as a family tries to comprehend their own tradition and its meaning in their own lives, in the reality show called daily life, with the movement in the story – the movement in the story of Passover and Jews. What did it mean, this Jewish identity? With your DNA, within this creation, you were related to Him, in your image and likeness?
How can you know God, without understanding Judaism? Tuesday night I learned about the customs of a Seder dinner, in removing all leaven from a home – and maybe all the other things which inflate the egos in the rest of the year – in preparation for this day. That preparation had taken the host’s father seven days, in the old days, in removing the leaven from his home. Recognizing an underlying spirituality, about the ego in the story of Moses, about being Chosen People – perhaps because of the issues of inflation and bubbles of our times – I recognized the underlying spirituality about Chosen People, taming their egos, sharing so much with the rest of the world. Part of the ritual of the dinner was to read of the origin of Jewish women and people “like us,” not, as told in Greek myth or like the story of Romulus and Remus in Rome, as a people descended from on high. From the start, there was this sprinkled blood on the doorstep, as you let your God into your home … or in this case, a guest had dropped a bottle of red wine there, unexpectedly. When you married within the culture, with a tradition of blood in animal sacrifice.
With the always present issue of blood, in a living arrangement, as you marry someone within your tradition and passed a tradition on. You come to realize the continued existence of the tradition – your tradition – was up to you. As you made the discovery that the institution was somehow you. When you had somehow become the school, the temple…. the Chosen. You discovered the social meaning, in the age of social networking, when the conflict in the story was over more than shared belief, but shared blood.
The conflict in the story. With all of the movement in the stories comes the fear. And the primary fear was over fertility. Every fear concerning the next generation, about survival… and maybe the survival of tradition. Like the Passover story. When you go in Exodus, a bit uncertain when it came to your direction, after four hundred and some years in Egypt, and trying to get traction in the sand. In a certain involuntary cognitive state, and with high emotions over the intense unfairness in a system of slavery. But commanded with your life to know your God. With all the unknowns about would happen to the tradition, being caught in the desert. And all the emotions over survival… In Exodus.
The emotions of life over survival. Over the Promise Land, and your loved ones. In the Age of Divorce. Surrounded by other clans, which had such difficulty with concepts of union, in the your present day lives. And the primary fear was over fertility. In the earlier chapter.
Sarai. The laughter of Sarai, who needed a new name after the circumcision of Abram, in a scene which only Bob Newhart could try to explain. Over the phone. So because I always wanted to be a comedy writer:
Abraham, coming home after a long day at work, explaining circumcision to Sarah, at the age of 99 or 100. Like a Bob Newhart script, as Abram undresses.
“Uh, Abram. What’s eating you? You are moving kinda slow.”
“Well, I had minor surgery for something that had been causing me some trouble. “
“What is this word ‘surgery?’
“Well, I went under the knife.’
“Just outside Hebron. Away from the crowd. In a need for privacy.”
“No…I mean WHERE. Oh my God…. who did this to you?”
“I… um…. got circumcised yesterday.”
“You did what?”
“I am calling it a circumcision.”
“Really? Are you crazy? And who exactly did this for you?”
“I did it myself.”
“You? You? You can’t even fix the latrine. Why, in God’s name, did you do that? You know, we are gonna need new names after this, Abram. Both of us. New names.”
There had to be a reason for Sarai’s infertilty…and Abram thought it was due to him? So with a certain pagan view of the world, he took extreme measures? Maybe to remove something that was coming between him and his wife. To live and communicate now unconditionally. When you knew something and wanted to leave to the world this knowledge. The knowledge that took a lifetime to acquire. When something had been missing. Maybe when you were fertile. Maybe missing in your own childhood, or in your own neighbors. When something had been missing, and the plan then was to try it over. This time with maybe some spiritual direction. And maybe change, Norman Borlaug-like, the world.
The developing bonds. The lifelong challenge in the bond of a relationship. With the anguish that came to those who spent time trying to know, taking it to the deepest level within. And then creating something out of that knowledge. Before you died. Stories about the different levels of comfort, in relationship. When you wake up one day and hear that your wife wanted more in the relationship? And you did not have a clue what the heck she meant.
The movement in the unsettling stories. About Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The stories about the different levels of comfort, in relationship. Emotional stories about life and death. Over the Promise Land, and your loved ones. Stories generation after generation about fertility,about leaving and coming back, and death. Did you ever note the ages of Adam, Noah, or Seth? To recognize the anguish which came out of the search for God, and the attempt to get comfortable with each other. For eternity. When prophets climbed mountains, with all of the emotions in a relationship. Or in one dimensional relationships. Over the quality of union. Or not. When perhaps God had not been ready quite yet to be around Adam, Noah, Seth, forever.
Union. Enhancing connectedness. To this world. Developing a common point of view. Union. When there had been something missing in the union, if not my life. About an overall aim of the relationship, with a delicate balance between separate identity and a connectedness– when the going gets rough, to stay together.
Fertility. The emotions. Fear. Death. God. Coming to an acceptance of God, like the acceptance level a couple reaches with each other. “Lord, let me get on with my business. Because I am not fertile.”
And so the fertility of Sarah, at the age of 89 or 90. “Laughing” was the meaning of the name of her first born son. Like Eve, nothing ever belonged to Sarah of this creation until she had kids. And so the battle within for any woman, over pride, when she was yet to have kids, with a man who wanted the the old world back, after the banishment.
Like a nomad, navigating closeness, with a degree of cognitive love, beyond the involuntary cognitive and emotional state of intense romantic desire, when you were just for the most part unconscious … or really just trying to figure it all out. With American men too often just numb. When those neurons just did not feel the things we were supposed to, about the hard questions, beyond the involuntary cognitive and emotional state of intense romantic desire. For men too often just numb, about the hard questions, like greed. All men had it … some women. People throughout the world wanted to live like I had lived, like they saw in the movies. Greed fueled by media, for money and modern conveniences. Where It seemed there was not enough to be fairly divided.
SO after the public spectacle, for Eve and the apple, there was need for a wider audience. For Eve and her wider perspective about creation? Was there a need all along she felt to get out of the Garden? When nothing ever belonged to you of this creation until you had you firstborn child?
Passover. The unsettling story really more about the descendants of Sarai. With all of the work that went into this commemoration. The discomfort in the story about fertility. With the developing concept of sacrifice, of the best animal of the flock. Concepts over shared blood. Maybe why the blood of animals had been used in worship. To hear the story in Exodus, one year later, where the lamb was sacrificed and the people were to eat, “in proportion to the number of persons who partake of it.”
Keeping kosher. The anguish of keeping kosher. To recall the time during those four hundred and some years when virtually every aspect of daily life was connected to your life being a slave. With the sprinkled blood on the doorstep, when you let your God into your home. When you tried to keep things somehow sacred. With the always present blood, and issues of orders, when you marry someone within your tradition. With an origin of Jewish people “like us,” not, as told in Greek myth or like the story of Romulus and Remus in Rome, as a people descended from on high. With the tradition of blood in animal sacrifice, the so very personal commemoration of Passover as a vehicle to celebrate the very nature of God, and His work in the world. Through fertility.. . shared.
With all of the anguish. Maybe like childbirth. Or in the 613 orders related to keeping kosher. With all of the dishes and pots and pans. The sacrifice that comes trying to maintain a tradition. With a certain amount of discomfort if not pain. When you work all week and came home to prepare the Seder. The anguish in being Chosen People, generation after generation.
Passing it on. The work of deliverance of the next generation. Nietsche wrote that the meaning in life, the memory of loved ones, is conveyed only through real stories about palpable heart-beating pain. Stories of deep love, of deep hate, with layers of suffering that would lie in memory forever. Great literature of a civilization was based upon such stories carrying a people, somewhere.
The unstated part of Passover, in the setting, if you were lucky enough to have inherited a tradition, is in this unsettling.The Call to leave!
The carrying, of a people, like the ones you were related to by blood. Measuring the progress, one generation to the next. Passover was the paramount generational thing, THE family thing, not just a family thing. In the beginning. The movement in the great unsettling story. With all of the first born dead, and the blood on the doorstep saved you. On the original Passover. After Moses asked the the Pharaoh, at the Lord’s stated request. “Let my people go to worship me.” With all of the firstborn dead, concerned about the unraveling of the next generation – the one which seemed to be losing hope, or looking to the identity of the dominant culture, like in the Egyptian world.
For Chosen People, and the fertility part of the story. Generation after generation, in stories about this inheritance, carrying a family somewhere — with a way of life –not so much as protection from the plagues, but about the solemnity of worship. To be deeply moved by worship by this God to whom you somehow were related. When children ask questions, to get things moving. To try and do right, generation after generation. With a certain anguish over knowing God. And to then try and do right, in virtually every aspect of daily life. Somehow carrying a burden of God, in a living tradition, with food. With a degree of anguish in being Chosen People, in trying to remain kosher, in the ever changing world. Not a story of survival, Passover was the story of freedom and salvation: how a people, in a story of first-borns for a people whose identity was repeated in the story of the first born sons of Abraham, of Isaac, were saved for history.
Passover. “And you shall tell your child,” …..about Passover and then this issue of inheritance. The reason why this night is different. Looking for meaning in it all.
The underlying tempo of movement, in all of these sacred stories, of the unsettling movement toward a freedom potentially as vast as all the stars in the solar system, against a conspiracy of the systems of the world they were born into. Children gradually learning to recognize a shame in living unquestioning lives. With memory of Passover conveying only through the personal anguish, the reason your were different. At one home defining Passover, the significance of a visible God and the significance – in bloodlines- of a Chosen People, to their God. And in the unsettling sacrifices freely given to this God.
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Tying it all together. Art. The power of art. The stated beauty in art. Like in the Pieta. With an intent to pass something on. Without words. To somehow move humanity forward, without words.
When you lost a generation. The excitement in recognizing the conflict in the story. To recognize the anguish which came out of the search. Wrestling with identity. TO move humanity forward.
Using words to try and get your arms around something. With the power of art.
Books and language and the future. Trying to understand each other. Telling stories, with such great themes. Through books and language and spirit and wisdom. On Opening Day, I was standing in Barnes and Nobles, grasping at the combination of sounds, into sentences, into paragraphs. Surrounded by all these books, not unlike all the stars in the sky, in the promise made by God to Abraham. About his descendants, and the stories thereof. The stories about the children of prophets. Stories of fertility and infertility. The parents who always thought and worried over their children and the choices of their children. If they had been blessed with children. On issues of birth, death, and fertility by the descendants of nomads. Because those children would one day have to go in search themselves. The movement in each story. The effort and study habits. That conflict written about in Genesis, which started in Chapter 2. About knowing God. The new struggle to know God. Once Eve and Adam had bit the apple. The struggle to keep in touch with God. For each generation. To move humanity forward. When we all were essentially cave men and cave women, going though different stages of learning. With all the the different stages of eating devices, and fire, and language. While learning a common tongue, to pass on whatever mental sharpness we had come to recognize on earth.
Dealing with insignificance, in a world with 7 billion people and you did not really know anyone. Because of the language barrier. The world with seven billion people, with one billion ideas per person. And the language of sex. The imperialism of the English language, imposed on another culture. Like the Irish. Or like Russian had been imposed in Czechoslovakia. Stealing something along the way. About the uniqueness about this part of the globe. Through the rag-and-bone shop of the heart. The emotions. Tying it all together.
Information. In the age of information, you could not get directory assistance at many companies. So more and more are headed in the wrong direction. In a world of domination and power. It was as if those alive had survived, based upon only their acuity and sharpness. Because of the greatness, for some, of the knowledge of past ancestors.
Language. Fertility and the future. The language of sex. Trying to understand each other. Trying to understand fertility, amid a population bubble. In the struggle to know someone. And the conflict in the story with other people and their one billion ideas.
Having to work to keep what your always had had. The artist taking something from the world outside, taking it to the deepest level within, and creating something out of it. When formal education was over. When my activity now, in my leisure or in my work, was somehow about finding my own goodness? To move humanity forward.
Attempting to grasp meaning. Over birthright and inheritance. Having sex. Again and again. When you were lucky, if you still were in a relationship. In a struggle of communication, with an authentic lover, over the deepest part of your being. Through the universal language of sex.
The choices of Chosen People. The anguish that came to those who spent time trying to know, taking it to the deepest level within, God. And then creating something out of it. To recognize the anguish which came out of the search for God. When you began, after a while, to recognize...God, beyond the beginnings and the ends.
The conflict in the story which started in Chapter 2. The excitement recognizing the conflict in the story. Over knowing God. Eve. Adam. Cain and Able. The conflict over who knew God the best. In a relationship. And the witnessing the same struggle in your kids.
To know, love, and serve. With passion. Measuring it all. Recognizing it all. When you poured your heart into everything, at a price.
Noah ibn Lamik ibn Mitoshilkh ibn Enoch ibn Yard ibn Mahlabil ibn Qinan ibn Anoush ibn Seth ibn', “‘'We see you but a man like ourselves.' " [Al-Qur'an 11:27]
The power of art. With an awareness of. The stated beauty, taking it to the deepest level, in art. When I prove my holiness through a medium. Like you. The descendants of Noah, these pastoral semitic-people with their related languages, dealing with significance, living in community. With all the ideas about immigration and population control. And this new kind of climate change. Church and state, in union with my neighbor – or not – trying to maintain authority to regulate goodness and evil, in which everyone had a stake.
“I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you.”
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The Frozen Four. This week, as spring bloomed in North America, Saint Paul was sponsoring the NCAA Hockey Tournament. With moral relativism in sports on display.
Tradition. When what was left after the National Hockey League started signing your best young players, the American College Coaches’ Association changed the rules. About skating with a man advantage before the penalized team controlled the puck, and if a goal was scored, the penalty still would be assessed.
Moral relativism. When American college coaches changed the rules, to increase scoring. Highly creative people taught by new methods who had always tested better on “executive function” – with ability to adapt to changing and more complex problems. Why did the level of play seem lower than the last two times the tournament was here?
The lingering smell of past sports now which did not smell so good. Looking for the source of the bad smells. How did it get here? Where were you taking us?
Moral relativism, for future life success. Student-athletes, with unused eligibility, who had turned pro. Adapting to the changing world with changes in the rules. When the bigger, stronger, faster players signed early because of the new collective bargaining agreement of the NHL. There no longer were signing bonuses, so a kid had better turn pro now to get the three years of service to become eligible for free agency. Like number 25 on the Wolverine team who had not been to class in four weeks, because he was ready to sign a professional contract but his team had kept winning.
As institutions of high learning tried to contend with change. In online-learning. In online skating. Listening to the ‘Hail to the Victors’ fight song, the hymn song by present day students and alumni from one hundred years ago about what an institution meant, thinking about the rules changes. And the resulting fear among the American college coaches over what would be left of their game? Over what was left of this bigger, stronger, faster generation in college that could not score? But were not the best goalies also going pro?
As another season came to a close and the coaches headed for their meetings to address their “executive function” – about an ability to adapt to changing and more complex problems. Because the job of coaching in college has never been tougher. And where had T. S. Elliot done research to arrive at his conclusion that April was the cruelest month? Because it was not so easy to win a national championship. Even more so as the NHL took your best players early, like a war had once taken young soldiers lives.