I regard the bible as a window into ancient times and the beginning of an evolving story, not the end. It’s an ongoing dialogue from generation to generation (l’dor v’ dor לדור ודור) enhanced by our present moments of wisdom and awareness.
Is the biblical GD real? Is the bible true, metaphorical or historical fiction? I leave that up to the individual. I’m simply here to pass forward the messages Spirit inspires me to convey. “The Art of Story-Telling” is a venerable, sacred and powerful art in all belief systems and cultures. Like all art forms, the meaning is in the eye of beholder.
When the great Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov saw misfortune threatening the Jews it was his custom to go into a certain part of the forest to meditate. There he would light a fire, say a special prayer, and the miracle would be accomplished and the misfortune averted.
Later, when his disciple, the celebrated Magid of Mezritch, had occasion, for the same reason, to intercede with heaven, he would go to the same place in the forest and say: “Master of the Universe, listen! I do not know how to light the fire, but I am still able to say the prayer.” And again the miracle would be accomplished.
Still later, Rabbi Moshe-Leib of Sasov, in order to save his people once more, would go into the forest and say: “I do not know how to light the fire, I do not know the prayer, but I know the place and this must be sufficient.” It was sufficient and the miracle was accomplished.
Then it fell to Rabbi Israel of Rizhyn to overcome misfortune. Sitting in his armchair, his head in his hands, he spoke to G-d: “I am unable to light the fire and I do not know the prayer; I cannot even find the place in the forest. All I can do is to tell the story, and this must be sufficient.” And it was sufficient.
G-d made man because G-d loves stories.“Gates of the Forest” by Eli Wiesel
Stories are testimonies to the human spirit and portals into the past, present and future.
What remains of a story after it is finished? Another story.Eli Wiesel
Religious story-telling in the Tanakh and rabbinical exegesis is expressed through prayers, songs, folklore, mystical musings and creative writing (parables, metaphors and poetry).
At its core, the bible is really about the human condition. Every human trait and experience under the sun (good, bad and UGLY!) exists in the bible. Whatever you’ve been through in life, it’s there!
The sacred is not an exclusive property. It can be found everywhere by everyone, in the mundanity of life. Those sacred aha moments of clarity, are the gems I seek out from biblical tales.
The great lesson from the true mystics is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s backyard.Abraham Maslow / RELIGIONS, VALUES, AND PEAK-EXPERIENCES
Whether you believe in the bible and the biblical GD as literal or metaphorical, may you find sacred stories here that arouse your mind and speak to your spirit. Take away what resonates with you and release the rest to the universe with a blessing.
May your journey always be safe and your path illuminated. 🖖
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