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Friday, October 9, 2009

Dancing with Torah


Simchat Torah (Rejoicing with Torah) is nearly upon us. This is not the first year that disability will keep me from physically dancing with a Torah (parchement scroll containing the 5 books of Moses) as a way to celebrate this invaluable gift that was given to my people (in my heart all people) 5,000 or so years ago. But I have learned through the years that Torah is far more than the beautiful scrolls that are inscribed with exquisitely hand written text. I have come to understand that Torah means much more than the stories and laws that have been handed down from generation to generation; that beneath and within each word there are bottomless wells of wisdom. I understand now that Torah is not a static thing...but a flowing, shifting garment we wear as we dance and move through the world. It is found in our speech...in our actions...in our thoughts...in our responses to the life unfolding before, behind, around and deep within us. And in this moment...I cannot dance with my body. I cannot dance with "a Torah"...but I can allow my breath to move me; to carry my mind, heart and soul in joyful celebration...embracing the teachings and continuing to share what I learn with others, if only by electronic means for now. Of my many favorite pieces of text from Torah, today I offer two words that stand out for me: "Choose Life" (Deuteronomy 30:19). Choosing life is more than just being a living, breathing human, "doing life" day by day. For me it means embracing life. The curses along with the blessings. I have discovered over and over again that within each curse a blessing is to be found. That is not to say that I enjoy suffering and think others should find pleasure in suffering too. What I'm trying to say is that life is never all or nothing; but instead that all and nothing contain the potential for growth, for healing, for learning to walk side by side with illness, with grief, with any kind of loss. To Choose Life is to dance with Torah breath by breath...moment by moment...step by gentle step. (even if walking is now a metaphor in one's life.) I am grateful that at this time I can still walk, even if sometimes I need assistance. I am grateful that at this time I can still talk, even if my speech is sometimes difficult to understand due to slurring and stuttering. I am grateful that my hands can type out the words I wish to communicate, even if some days my fingers claw up and it is painful. I am grateful for my eyesight, even if I cannot yet read normal sized fonts in books...I can see the singularly beautiful faces of my daughters and husband and the brilliance of the Autumn leaves outside my window. (now that I don't have double vision all the time) I am grateful for family, friends (old and new), for a community that expands far beyond the people that live physically near me. I am grateful for the beauty that abounds and for the ability to notice the smallest bits of color, form and light through the lens of my camera...for surely Torah wisdom can even be discovered in a tiny, hidden red leaf. I am grateful that I have been granted this awesome gift of LIFE...and that I can find myself in the words of Torah and the intricate dance with Torah any time I CHOOSE to look for myself there.

Chag Sameach, Shabbat Shalom...may all beings be blessed with Joy and Peace.

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