Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Without a Cup...

This past shabbat Yehudit Bracha was visiting. As we are currently in the period of the omer, we got into a discussion about sefirot which have been traditionally connected with this period between passover and shavuot.

YB was discussing/explaining Hesed v. Gevurah, and in trying to clarify that he was with her, Johan used a very interesting metaphor. He said:
Without a glass wine is just a stain.
This helped explain the role of the vessel and boundaries in defining a beautiful thing and creating a beautiful experience. Like his example, communities are also defined by boundaries, though the implication of that is a topic for later discussion.

I'd add to Jon's analogy that:
Without wine a glass is just kinda sad and empty.
Much as the wine, without a vessel, is a stain, the vessel without the fullness is a waste. You need both.


At 4/19/2007 , Blogger Chorus said...

hmm... that really struck me, "without a glass, wine is just a stain"... Im going to be thinking about that for a while.

At 4/19/2007 , Anonymous rebecca m said...

yes, it's so much easier to recognize that there should be boundaries... somewhere... than to actually figure out where to place them. and who to leave out.

It's hard, when there are deep divides and issues, but we don't want to exclude anyone. Sure, often we can be creative and find ways to include everyone, or not take a stance, etc. But where is the breaking point?

At 4/19/2007 , Blogger Aharon said...

Wine cannot even exist outside of vessels -- this is true from the time it is held inside the grape, to the time it is extracted from the fruit and into a barrel or into a vat, and then into a bottle. Vessels enable transmission without loss. Can we affect boundaries that enable transmission without loss, spreading out but maintaining strength and cohesion?

At 4/24/2007 , Blogger bpt said...

A body is seen as a vessel for the soul.


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