This post creatively discusses the biblical portion “When you come” (Ki Tavo) read on Shabbat, September 24th. It relates to the 9/11 Islamist terrorist attack on USA, the Cybersight project exploring the common visual desires of blind people worldwide, my jerUSAlem-USA blogart project exploring the 20 places in USA named Jerusalem, and my son the professional baseball player in Israel.
BIBLE BLOG YOUR LIFE
Use the next four weeks to begin at the beginning by learning how to create your own blog that transforms your everyday activities into spiritual events. You are invited to create a spiritual blog of your life for dissemination worldwide through the blogosphere and twitterverse.
The interest of people of all faiths in the “Torah Tweets” blogart project http://bibleblogyourlife.blogspot.com that I created with my wife Miriam encouraged me to write an instruction manual to teach others how to Bible blog their lives. It was published as the book Photograph God: Creating a Spiritual Blog of Your Life http://photographgod.com. It explains how to create a personal blog by linking smartphone photography and social media to spirituality.
Ki Tavo/When you come (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:9)
“Accursed is one who strikes his fellow stealthily.” (Deuteronomy 27:24)
On 9/11, Mel was at the graduation ceremony at Ariel University when he heard the horrific news.
The joy of his students, Jews and Arabs alike, was suddenly dashed by the ghastly strike of militant Islamists against the free world.
“Accursed is one who misdirects the blind on their way.” (Deuteronomy 27:18)
We transformed a biblical curse into a blessing using innovative technology to aid blind people in “seeing” pictures with their fingers.
Our son Ari joined us in producing Cybersight. We asked people born blind what things they would most like to see if they had vision.
Responses: Australia, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Israel, Korea, Lebanon, Lithuania, Niger, Poland, Slovenia, Zambia, UK, USA.
The amazing similarity of responses of blind people from such diverse cultures teaches us about the common vision of humanity.
They wanted to see things that they couldn't touch – from blue sky, clouds, lakes, oceans, forests, and mountains to sports events.
The photos in this blog post are images from my JerUSAlem-USA blogart project http://jerusalem-usa.blogspot.com and images from “Torah Tweets” posts.
Clouds hovering above the Sea of Galilee in Israel and the Straits of Galilee photographed from Jerusalem, Rhode Island.
A Green Mountain forest in Jerusalem, Vermont, named Jerusalem because it's the same altitude as the original Jerusalem.
“Moses climbed up from the western plains of Moav to Mt. Nebo from where God showed him all the Land of Israel.” (Deuteronomy 34:1)
Mt. Nebo, named after the biblical Mt. Nebo, photographed from Jerusalem, Utah, and the Moav mountain range east of the Dead Sea.
Mel photographed our son Ari pitching for the Petah Tikva Pioneers in an Israel Baseball League game in Tel Aviv.
Did Moses’ prophetic vision let him see Ari pitching from the mound in the sovereign State of Israel?
(From Times of Israel, September 21, 2016)