Thursday, March 19, 2009

Parsha for Parenting - Vayachel-Pekudei 5769

This week's Torah portion
contains more detail about the mishkan.
A midrash on this portion
reminds us that its language is close to that of the story of Creation
which means that the reason G-d wanted the Israelites to build a sanctuary
is to allow them to mimic Him
in creating things of beauty in the world.

Why are humans driven to create beauty
when G-d's world is already so beautiful?

It helps us to capture the fleeting feelings
of life's little gorgeous moments
in a way that resonates with us.
It helps us deal with the fact
that we can never live those moments again.
It gives us a personal, lasting connection
to that which we hold dear
and to the holiness inherent in it-
and to share it with others.

(So, is that a good enough reason for me to be so obsessed with my camera/this blog?)

(And now for a gratuitous shot of the boys cuddled up on the couch from some morning this week - creating beauty without even knowing it.)


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