Exodus, part 9

O holy Shabbes Inspiration Ki Tissa
Maqam Hijaz
D E-flat F# G

And on the seventh day

U-va-yom ha-sh’vi-i

sha-vat va-yi-na-fash [Ex. 31:16]

God Shabbated

and ensouled [vayinafash]

to Shabbat is to ensoul.
The land will do the same
when the land Shabbats. [Lev. 25:2]

Coming down the mountain
Moses
like a river on wheels
two tablets inscribed
mi-zeh u-mi-zeh [Ex. 32:15]
this way and this way.

The holy and
not the either/or
and

Hold onto
Ba-zeh v’gam mi-zeh
This and also this. . . [Kohelet 7:18]
Yes.

This and that
except — there is no that
only this and this
mi-zeh u-mi-zeh.

You and me
God and you
Me and God
Matter and spirit
Good and Evil
Male and female
Left and right
Yin and Yang
The two triangles
Halakhah and Aggadah
Law and Lore
Gevurah and Tiferet
Severity and beauty
the good and the not-so-good.

Mi-zeh u-mi-zeh
this and this.
Sometimes I feel so
separate.
Ordinary and separate.

A few drop dead experiences
in the midst of ordinariness
a reminder
what we are all about.

Raza d’oraita, the secret of Torah.
This and This.
Radically And.
Like tzimtzum
code for God everywhere and a child dying
an earthquake, plague, pestilence, suffering,
the appearance of spaces empty of God.

There is no place empty of God.
We are radically And.
We know this mostly —
HaShem Is Eloheinu, Hashem only.

Blessed is that holy notion
Mi-zeh u-mi-zeh
this and this
there is no
that.

jsg, usa

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