Friday, June 13, 2008

Raising up the sparks


"One works in holiness, and he raises up the sparks which hide themselves in all tools." -- Martin Buber

Now, Friday afternoon, we lay down our tools, the special hush falls over the country, and we prepare to rest in holiness all during Sabbath night and day. Shabbat shalom, peace to you.
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17 comments:

Dina said...

The rest of Martin Buber's invitation to holiness in everyday life:
"[O]ne should hallow all that one does in one’s natural life. One eats in holiness, tastes the taste of food in holiness, and the table becomes an altar. One works in holiness, and he raises up the sparks which hide themselves in all tools. One walks in holiness across the fields, and the soft songs of all herbs, which they voice to God, enter into the song of our soul. One drinks in holiness to each other with one’s companions, and it is as if they read together in the [scriptures]. One dances the roundelay in holiness, and a brightness shines over the gathering."

reader Wil said...

What a great man Martin Buber was!
I especially like:" One works in holiness, and he raises up the sparks which hide themselves in all tools". That's very beautiful, Dina! Shabbat shalom!

evlahos said...

wonderful post

about calatrava bridge in athens, unfortunately i don't have any photos. but you can see some here

http://www.domisis.com.gr/component/option,com_estateagent/act,object/task,showEO/id,18/lang,el/

have a wonderful weekend

Dina said...

Wil shalom. Yes, I love this idea, since I work with tools a lot. Yes, Buber was great. As a teenager in Germany, my rabbi grew up at his feet. He was, like, "Uncle Marty."

Thanks Vaggelis. That is a stunning bridge you have in Athens. And it's for people! I think our Calatrava in Jerusalem will be only for the tram.

Jerez said...

Shalom!

Petrea said...

Your posts are always so fascinating. I come every day and read several at once!

Dina said...

Jerez, shalom shalom!

Petrea, JHDP is honored. You are always welcome here. I come and enjoy Pasadena every day too.

Donna said...

Beautiful post...as Usual...Shalom...hughugs

raf said...

Well said. And peace to you as well, Dina.

Kay said...

And peace be with you as well, my dear Dina!

Louis la Vache said...

What a fine quote this is! Thank you for posting it!

"Louis" thanks you for your kind comments about his s H a K y S h O t.

And, Shabbat shalom to you as well!

Neva said...

Wow...from the University of Michigan to Jerusalem....amazing....My daughter has worked at the University of Michigan Alumni camp up in Petosky the past 4 years as the Nature Director....she loves the U of M but graduated from the U of Illinois this May with a Natural Resource Environmental Science degree....but,hey, we can ALL sing the Victor's song(-or is it Victor's valiant?) as many of the family are grads from the U of M....your photo today is very nice, BTW.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I always enjoy reading your blog and seeing your pictures and always confuse you with someone else who lives in Egypt so my apologies. You are the digger lady who looks for old pots and bones? I forget what she looks for. LOL

I like the whole idea of looking for things from the past. I do it for Native American tools from stone and flint and bone and while I can't walk far anymore I still think about it going past some fields I never got to walk.

Some three or four thousand years from now I would be mortified if some graduate student dug me up, swiveled by head in their hands and pointed out the gold fillings in a couple of my teeth. Somehow that don't seem right to me.

There has always been that nagging question in my mind about the past and digging into it. I guess that is how we learn but we soon forget.

Dina said...

Hi Abe,
As always, your thoughts give us a lot to think about. And often a good laugh. Thanks a lot.
I hope it is Maryanne over at http://cairogizadailyphoto.blogspot.com/ that you confuse me with. That would be an honor. She and her several Egypt blogs inspired me to start my Jerusalem blog.
I'm not an archaeologist by profession or training; I just take occasional digging work at minimum wage, for the fun of it.
No bones about it. hehe. The last human bone I found was in 1968.

the donG said...

One dances the roundelay in holiness, and a brightness shines over the gathering.

>>> One for God. One for holiness.

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" thought you might like to know that it is Flag Day today in the U.S.

Pernille's ting og tang said...

This is a vey nice shot!:)