Friday, December 30, 2011

The holy sparks

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Bringing light to a sometimes dark world.
A sparkler reflected in a nun friend's glasses,
for Weekend Reflections.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Some 400 years ago the mystics of Safed (Tsfat) created a Tu BiShvat seder, modeled on the Passover seder, that celebrated the Tree of Life (the Kabbalistic map of the Sefirot).

That traditional seder ends with the hope:
"May all the sparks scattered by our hands . . . be returned and included in the majestic might of the Tree of Life."
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14 comments:

NixBlog said...

Lovely picture!
MAy 2012 be filled with health and happiness for you.

Robert Geiss said...

Brightness, peace and joy for your 2012.

Karen said...

I love sparklers. A great capture. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Raksha said...

"May all the sparks scattered by our hands . . . be returned and included in the majestic might of the Tree of Life."

Amen...and Happy New Year!

Theanne and Baron said...

Photo is beautiful! Lovely illustration! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Kay L. Davies said...

Fabulous photo, Dina.
All the best to you for the coming year.
K

Petrea Burchard said...

I like your photo, Dina.

Happy new year, my friend.

Kay said...

Do you know sparklers will now be prohibited in Hawaii for New Years? But not fire crackers. I was surprised at that one. I'm glad the horrible fireworks are now prohibited. That law was long overdue.

Francisca said...

A fitting image for this hopeful seder celebrating the Tree of Life. All the very best in the new year to you, Dina!

VP said...

I love when you explain us these ancient traditions. I know that your year doesn't work like ours, but have a great equivalent of our 2012 (5772?)!

Birdman said...

Bang! to the old and the NEW 2012!

James said...

Neat photo and fun too! :)

Island Rambles Blog said...

Hi lovely photo and thanks for the information about it........my first time on Weekend Reflections
and I have put on a party of reflections for
everyone to come and see.

mirae said...

..extravagantly beautiful metaphor, bringing light to a dark world and what a masterpeice of a visual metaphor to accompany it.
shalom
thankyou