30 July 2015

From Selfies to Spirituality: A Blog as a Torah Art Form

See my Times of Israel  article:

The Torah portion read in synagogues worldwide on 1 July 2015/16 Av 5775 is Va'ethanan/ Implored (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11). 

Read creative explorations of this week’s Torah portion in my book  
Photograph God: Creating a Spiritual Blog of Your Life http://photographgod.com.

I created the Torah Tweets blogart project with my wife Miriam to celebrate our 52nd year of marriage.  During each of the 52 weeks of our 52nd year, we posted six photographs reflecting our life together with a text of tweets that relates the weekly Torah reading to our lives.  

You can access it with all six photographs at the blog post:  http://bibleblogyourlife.blogspot.co.il/2014/01/deuteronomy-2-blog-as-torah-art-form.html

The Jewish thing to do is make art to eat.  My wife Miriam and I made a banana cake for Shabbat.  Miriam measured out the ingredients while I mashed the bananas.  Our art is a tasty version of Internet images of the surface of Mars.     

9/11/2028: Future Holocaust Memorials

Two options for Congress:    
The best option is for Congress to reject Obama’s disastrous deal with Iran leading to a second Holocaust. Less than a week before US joined world powers in surrendering to the skilled bargaining of professional Persian rug merchants in Vienna, the Iranian president led a screaming mob chanting “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” as they marched on a Teheran boulevard carpeted with flags of Israel and US.  Why does Obama refuse to believe what the Iranian mullahs say over and over again?

The second option is for Congress to couple approving the deal with a genocidal regime that really means what it says with allocating funds to double the size of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for the next six million Jews in Israel incinerated by Iranian nuclear bombs.

Congress unanimously voted in 1980 to establish the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on land allocated adjacent to the Washington Monument.  In 1988, President Ronald Reagan helped lay the cornerstone of the building designed by the architect James Ingo Freed who came to the United States from Germany in 1939 at the age of nine with his parents fleeing the Nazi regime that murdered six million Jews of Europe.  President Bill Clinton spoke at the dedication ceremonies at the opening of the museum in 1993 promising “Never Again!”

In the tradition of Picasso’s Guernica extended into networked times, I created this Future Holocaust Memorial  blog
as an artwork that acts as a wake-up call to prevent a second Holocaust. Congress has the power to act before Iran executes its plan to wipe Israel off the map with a nuclear bomb as its prelude to global conquest. Ten years have passed since this blog was created!  Never Again?

As an artist whose artworks are in the collections of forty museums worldwide, I propose collaborating with architect James Ingo Freed in doubling the size of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum now.  It took 13 years between Congressional approval and the opening of the museum.  13 years from now, Iran will have no restrictions on building nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles that can reach Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

On second thought, perhaps it is futile to double the size of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Iran’s missiles with nuclear warheads will also be able to reach Washington and New York.  The ayatollah’s insane poetic mind will create mushroom clouds bursting forth from the Capitol Rotunda and the Freedom Tower on 9/11/2028.

Mel Alexenberg is former art professor at Columbia University, research fellow at MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies, and author of The Future of Art in a Postdigital Age (Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press). 
Published in Times of Israel, July 26, 2015

25 June 2015

Miriam's Well and Hebrew Letters Ascending from Tzin Wilderness

by Mel Alexenberg, The Times of Israel, June 25, 2015

Hukat/Decree (Numbers 19:1-22:1)

The entire Israelite community came to the Tzin Wilderness in the first month and the people stopped in Kadesh.  It was there that Miriam died and was buried. The people did not have any water, so they began demonstrating against Moses and Aaron.  (Numbers 20:1, 2)

See all the photos and Torah Tweet text at: http://bibleblogyourlife.blogspot.co.il/2014/01/numbers-6-miriams-well.html