(Based upon my book Photograph God: Creating a Spiritual Blog of Your Life http://photographgod.com)
A traditional method of Bible study called PaRDes offers a postdigital method for looking beyond the surface of smartphone photographs. This method of discerning deeper levels of significance in biblical texts can be valuable in mining meaning beneath the surface of smartphone images. The Hebrew word PaRDeS literally means orchard. Creatively discerning levels of meaning in biblical texts is compared to tasting sweet fruits picked and eaten while wandering through an orchard. PaRDeS is related to the word “PaRaDiSe.”
Sod (inspirational meaning) is that my wife Miriam is recycling a mitzvah. After the holiday of Sukkot is over, the ritual role of the four species has ended. Instead of discarding the etrog, Miriam presses cloves into the entire etrog to preserve it for use in the havdalah ceremony marking ending of the Sabbath day. So that the extra soul we gain on the Sabbath to make it a sweet day does not make us faint as it suddenly departs, a pleasant fragrance is used to prolong it. We enjoy the wonderful smell of the etrog preserved by the cloves for the entire year through the mitzvah of havdalah. Havdalah is a multisensory ceremony in which the olfactory sense in joined with a visual experience of flames of a multi-wick candle, and the taste of sweet wine.