Friday, October 19, 2012

Reflections on, and of, shoes

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For me it might be confusing, with the sudden profusion of limbs.
But smart little Libby had no problem putting the shoe on the right foot.

Kids love  the many mirrors at Jerusalem's Bloomfield Science Museum.
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(A post for James' Weekend Reflections meme.)
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Bonus:  Shoes and Jews --

According to the 16th century Code of Jewish law (the Shulchan Aruch), when putting on shoes, the right shoe goes on first. When tying shoes. the left shoe is tied first. When shoes are taken off, the left shoe comes off first. This custom is based on the belief that the right is more important than the left. Therefore, the right foot should not remain uncovered while the left is covered.

 The Kabbalists describe the body as "the shoe of the soul." Just as shoes protect feet from the dirt, so too does the soul require the body as a shoe to protect it during its journey in the physical world.
(source: Chabad.org)
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19 comments:

Kay said...

This is very interesting although since Tiffany is left handed she would beg to differ.

Dina said...

Kay, :) just for Tiffany, I will give you the part of the Chabad quotation that I left out:
" Shoes should be tied from the left since knotted teffilin is worn on the left arm.
Since the tying of shoes is a reminder of the tying of teffilin, for those who are left handed, and who place the teffilin on their right arm, the right shoe should be tied first rather than the left, so that the tying of shoes matches the tying of teffilin."

'Tsuki said...

What a cute little girl !

Malyss said...

At first sight, this picture is disturbing. When we finally understand what we see, how funny! Great shot, Dina!

Sivinden said...

Great shot! - several pictures in one - and already framed too.

James said...

This really neat! I love all the reflective angles. Nice shot Dina!

RuneE said...

Kids loves mirror from the age of one day :-)
My youngest daughter wouldn't have liked that law - she is lefthanded, and as sharp as a tack ...

Audrey said...

mignon ;o)

mrsbearfoot said...

What a fun reflection, and thank you for the bonus info. Very interesting!

My weekend reflections are HERE

MTWaggin said...

That is so very cute!

Rob Mandy said...

Pretty Libby!

Reader Wil said...

How complicated, Dina.It must be difficult to remember all those rules.Anyway it is interesting.Thank you for sharing and showing lovely Libby.

Karl Demetz said...

Really neat, Dina, so cute!

cieldequimper said...

Cute! Nice pun, right foot... :-)

Laura said...

wonderful image Dina... i studied a similar text from the Maharal and S'fat Emet yesterday with my teacher in Jerusalem yesterday about how when we do mitzvoth we cloth Hashem's light an make it manifest... so we co-create... it was a wonderful class... so cool to study Torah with people around the world via the internet!

Karen said...

That's so cute!

Spiderdama said...

So much to think about in order to get on or off shoes..
She is cute!!:-)

VP said...

Funny and special at the same time!

JM said...

What a great shot! So cool and lovely.