Havdalah in Hebrew means to differentiate or to discern nuanced distinctions – even to the point of hair splitting (and now gene splitting!). The ribbons are actually hair follicles magnified 600-fold!
Havdalah partway completed
Mechitzoth in Hebrew means boundaries, which can only be established as a result of keen discernment.
Well established and respected boundaries are key components as a counterbalance to the equally important need to absorb the world around us – including the people in our lives.
At the end of Sabbath, we mark the change over to the rest of the week by celebrating discernment itself and take the light, smell, and joy of the Sabbath – and its wonder – into the coming week. And so we start to count the days of the week toward the next Sabbath.
The Gemara says that all of our constructs and paradigms exist as a result of suppressing information. From chaos, the sum potential of all that is possible - physicists call it white noise; statisticians call it raw data - we must push away that which is unwanted. We are left to work with our visions and patterns of reality. The big question is, how well do those visions match up to what reality actually is in all its inter-related complexity and detail.
On Yom Kippur, we come face to face with the reality that "The hidden things belong to HaShem our God, but the revealed things are for us and for our children forever, that we might fulfill all the words of this Torah." (Deuteronomy 29:28). God's ultimate and uncompromising reality must hold us accountable even for paradigms we are NOT aware of! Many refer to this as "The law of unintended consequences."
This is why what I hold dear is not answers, but an endless path of growing awareness that attempts to come closer and closer to reality as it really is - not the "reality" that is just a projection of some inner solipsistic construction within my brain. The questions- not the answers - lead me on that path. I have become deeply committed to a life long journey of learning, growth, change, love, discernment, service, play, commitment, questioning, and valuing disagreement. At my core is the notion that without self-doubt and without valuing difference and differing opinions, one cannot develop a fulfilling and meaningful life.
My art starts as a white sheet of whole paper, which represents chaos - all the possible pictures that one could create on it - onto which I impose order. Simultaneously destructive and defining, my paper-cutting adds meaning to the paper. Cutting pieces out is a creative process that graphically reveals before me my deeper paradigms so that I can scrutinize them - so that I can better understand the limits and characteristics of the space in which those paradigms work and gain insight as to where they are no longer valid. But it is not just a discovery of my internal landscapes. It is a process of becoming aware of myself within relationship and covenant. It is my simultaneous love and awe of and participation in the splendor of God's continued creation. It is my Avoda.
profound and transcendant
Please tell me more! In what way was it profound and transcendent?
Very striking! Perfect subject for paper cut!
YOUR WORK IS ASTOUNDING AND AMAZING. I LOVE THE SIMPLICITY OF B&W ESPECIALLY ON THIS THOUGHT
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