Tuesday, September 18, 2007

(A)waiting dawn...




Nafshi LaHashem MiShomrim LaBoker, Shmorim LaBoker
My soul yearns for you amongst those that await the morning, those that await the morning...


Why the repeat?

Nafshi..(my
soul..
Yearns for
you..(my
God..
amongst those
Those that
Await..
The morning
l
i
g
h
t
(after all, we all await..
{don’t we?
___________ (......optional)

MiShomrim

(but even amongst those that await..
..my soul yearns to be amongst those)
those
Those that {truly}
wait
The morning
l
i
g
h
t
Shomrim LaBoker...

It's in the A..
Isnt it?
Sure we “A”wait...
Await..

But drop the A..
..how many actually wait..?

Back in the day..it was so easy to wait for the morning light..when there was no electricity..the world was oh so dark at night..
Today?
Theres so much (light)..who waits for the morning light anymore?

Quick addition to clarify the last 2 lines: The problem is we don't know what we are waiting for anymore. We don't know what the morning looks like...we confuse electricity with the sun..
So it gets dark in this room...we screw in a bulb...dark in that room...turn on a night light..if we'd only pray for the morning..everything would be illuminated at once...



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12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

very thought provoking. perhaps those who have some kind of darkness in their life from any sort of challenge still wait each night for the light of day.
maybe that's what hashem wants from us, and why He gives so much darkness...
maybe we could wake up and start looking for that light without having to be given a "dark reminder" from above...

September 18, 2007 10:34 PM  
Anonymous m00kie said...

we have nothing to be afraid of, no pain to suffer, we have pills to hide the pain, insurance to cover the damages, security, stability, comfort.. and yet.. every other teenager is on some kind of anxiety medication.. its time to open the blinds and start waiting for the sunlight..

like you said, it's not that we dont want the morning, we actually dont even realize that there is a 'real' morning out there to wait for. we are so convinced that we can solve every problem, every difficiulty, every suffering, that we dont even bother to wait for the morning sun..

this can only mean one thing.. that we are immersed in such intense darkness..
the darkness right before daybreak..

September 19, 2007 9:50 AM  
Blogger fashionista cat in a zero gravity shoe-store said...

In absolute darkness, the averagely healthy human eye can spot the light of a candle at 20 miles' distance. There may be darkness, but we've been given the ability to see the light; often we meet people on the way that are so intimidated by the darkness that they won't look out for the light. In many cases, we can spot out the light for those people by simply stating, "I care".
Oh, and David, light as in revelation is popular Christian imagery - that's why lighting candles plays such a big role in Christian rites and traditions. And I know this'll freak some people out, but oil vessels / lamps was the Jewish way to go, candles used to be a Christian thing.

September 19, 2007 12:05 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

anonymous....
I started commenting on your excellent comment..then I decided to add it to the end of the post...
Quick addition to clarify the last 2 lines: The problem is we don't know what we are waiting for anymore. We don't know what the morning looks like...we confuse electricity with the sun..
So it gets dark in this room...we screw in a bulb...dark in that room...turn on a night light..if we'd only pray for the morning..everything would be illuminated at once...


mookie...
Great comment...
lets hope so...cuz all this electricity is starting to get to me...

fashionista...
wow..20 miles??

light as imagery..is a very jewish idea...(there are actually very few original Christian ideas)..
Psalms is full of allusions to morning..and light..meaning clarity and redemption..
As for candles..The Mishna says that candles are permitted for Shabbat..but its better to use oil..as it gives off a more beautiful flame..
In halacha its brought down that its always better to use oil..for Chanukah and even for Shabbat.

September 19, 2007 9:20 PM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

i had a student ask me today "why should we wait? what's good about moshiach?"
:(

September 19, 2007 10:42 PM  
Blogger fashionista cat in a zero gravity shoe-store said...

Certainly, David, Jesus grew up Jewish in a, what by today's standards would be, Charedi community. He made many references to the Torah and also made use of its imagery. A lot of new ideas were added after his death over the course of history; some for organizational reasons, others out of political considerations, then again others as theological compromises. But the symbolic use of candles was of such high importance (Jesus referred to himself as "light of the world"; passing on a candle to somebody symbolically stands for passing on Christianity) that for a long time Jews in Central Europe wouldn't use candles even though oil was scarce there. At some point the convenience of using candles won over the inconvenience of using oil (I'll look up the year for the first evidences of doing so for you).

September 20, 2007 12:25 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

dreamer...
Thats sad...
Its hard to instill a desire for something intangible...without making it somewhat tangible..

Fashionista....
Jesus...did not found any religions..
Most of ideas adopted..were adopted to make Christianity appealing to the pagan world..

Candles and fire....were naturally a big part of imagination of the pre electricity world...
Fire was worshipped by Zoroastroism..etc..
So naturally it was adopted by Christianity..and given divine meaning...
That cultural aversion to using candles...is interesting...Ive never heard of it...

September 20, 2007 10:41 AM  
Anonymous same anon as above said...

good clarifications

September 20, 2007 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

isn't the soul the candle? aren't we to find divine sparks within the world? isn't it our responsibility to make it brighter?

i love the thoughts that have been inspired and exchanged here. i just wonder if sometimes, and all too often, we lose our way. we point to the darkness but forget our responsibility, our ability to change it.

September 23, 2007 10:22 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

anonymous...
every little spark we uncover is a part of the final geula..
Geulah..can come from the top down..or the bottom up..

September 23, 2007 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but, it must come, right? we must uncover it, though we lose our way at times.

September 24, 2007 3:02 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

of course..it must come...
There are 2 geulas...
The general one..and then there are personal ones..that we attain through our lives..

September 24, 2007 8:59 PM  

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