The letters of our thoughts are the ideas present in our mind before they come to realization . . . Thoughts that are, yet not felt . . . The words of the subconscious . . . of the soul . . .

These are the LETTERS OF MY THOUGHTS.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Of Lublin

Picture of the Week Eight:

I took this picture in the Old Jewish quarter of Lublin . . . my favorite of all the Polish cities (I never had a chance to go to Krakow, but it seems to have become to touristy -just as Majdanek is far more raw then Auschwitz, Lublin seems to still sit somewhere in the mists between today and the past)

The lady walking forlornly down the cobblestone streets of a former bastion of Judaism struck a cord in me that resonated with the emotions of Majdanek . . .


Taken from my post last year on Parshas Yisro:

The giving of the Torah was an epoch not only in Jewish history but world History . . .
-It was the only time that G-d revealed Himself in all of His essence to a people until Moshiach comes.
-It was the beginning of Judaism as it's known -a religion which would later effect the whole of world history.

-Most importantly: Until the giving of the Torah, G-d had decreed that
what was spiritual and holy would remain in the domain of the Divine,
what was physical would be solely relevant to the mundane . . . At
Mount Sinai the two were allowed to merge together as a new whole, an
unprecedented event. From that point on, a physical cow . . . one that
says 'Moo' and eats grass, could be taken and uplifted . . . Even today
after the destruction of the Holy Temple and the cessation of the daily
Sacrifices, a Cow can be taken -it's skin used to make Tefillin and
Mezuzos, a Torah Scroll and it's flesh eaten as part of the Mitzvah of
enjoying Shabbos . . .
Why? Because only the physical is able to
truly bring out the infinite Essence of G-d . . . that even down here
where His Presence is hidden -it can be revealed.


A Good Shabbos Yidden



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10 comments:

A Simple Jew said...

That IS a GREAT picture!!

Mottel said...

I'm glad you like it!

a pollak said...

they just "re-opened" the yashiva I heard

Mottel said...

Do you mean Chochmei Lublin? They got the property back the other year, made a big thing out of it during the Siyum Hashas, put in a small aron kodesh to call it a shul -and now almost nobody uses it . . . the Jewish Community in Lublin is very small.

the pollak said...

I know, yesterday they had the grand opening, dunno for who exactly, but the government is happy.

Mottel said...

Let them be happy, they think that by sponsoring these fake movies towards supporting Judaism they'll atone for their past and cover over their problems.
Is this the Pollak who comes here often, by the way?

Uhh... said...

Lublin... Klezmer bars... Dancing in front of a mausoleum...

Mottel said...

Lublin is a great city.
The tourguide took us there so we could get something to drink -people chose what they wanted.
Who spoke about dancing? We Davened Mincha (The place we Davened was outside of the camp's fences -so I don't think it was even in the actual camp) and then sang a song of hope and comfort.

Do I know you by the way?

Figure it out said...

Perhaps you know me... Or maybe that new passport of yours... But stop getting so worked up. I know you didnt drink anysing anyway because the Fanta vosn't kosher. (Dis is soo stupid. Fisveif). And the dancing wasn't dancing it was just singing in a circle.

Mottel said...

You don't know how to write dutch, Gek!
Nu, Chaim Yehuda let we blog about something . . .