Kabbalah: Envisioning the Infinite

11 Mar

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Opening Reception:
Sunday March 13, 2011

Tychman-Shapiro Gallery
4330 Cedar Lake Road South
St. Louis Park, MN

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Kabbalah: Envisioning the Infinite”: Art exhibit for the Jewish Women Artists’ Circle–15 artists enter the esoteric theme of Jewish mysticism. Through Apr 28 in the Tychman-Shapiro Gallery.

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Moshe Sharon

March 13th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

In the building of the Tabernacle as described in the the last four Parashahs of Shemos (Exodus) G-d commanded that Shittim (Acacia wood) be used for the Ark, table, carrying poles and support beams. Since the Jews were in the desert where nothing grows, as Rashi points out, the only way they could have had the wood available was if they carried it from Egypt. Thus, Rashi concluded that Jacob brought seedling Acacia trees from Canaan and transplanted them in Goshen in anticipation of the need to fulfill the Mitzvah of building the Tabernacle. So it appears that Shittim wood was part of the plan and when called for, the lumber was prepared and ready. The Acacia tree has a rough exterior with a thick homely bark and long sharp thorns growing out of its branches while sporting lush green leaves and beautiful flowers at certain times of the year. Thus in order to make this tree suitable for such Holy service the rough exterior has to be peeled off and the wood must be smoothed over with an abrasive cloth. This procedure is called refinement and it indeed is a painful process. But, when we apply this principle to ourselves we can see that every hardship we endure individually and as a nation is a gift because with every moment of suffering HaShem brings us closer to the eternal rapture of basking in His G-dly light.

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