Oct. 5th, 2008 01:41 pm
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It is a gray and cold Sunday today, which as far as I'm concerned makes it the perfect day to make a 5-part Greek feast for dinner with the new roommate. I kind of want to walk to Fairway so I can buy Greek honey for the melopita (honey pie!) I'm gonna make.
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Meshell's new album is really growing on me. At first I thought it was too slapdash trip-hoppy rock but the deep funk logic is starting to emerge. Every time she sings "Jesus is coming/to tell you/that he is not God" I get chills up my spine. And nevermind when she proclaims our worldly purpose as "to make love/and manifest Creation." You should check The World Has Made Me The Man of My Dreams out.

As an aside, looking for work continues to suck. I trailed at this wonderful fancy Italian place last night with the most placid kitchen I've ever been in. The chef was really reserved, calm, and serious, which was a strange change. As Taylor put it, I really want to work in a kitchen where a man's telling me what to do. But, nu, we'll see. I'm more stressed out at the prospect of working 55 hour weeks for peanuts and not having any time to see people with normal schedules.
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Lif’nei b’rei’shit. . .before the beginning,
before the faces of time and space appeared,
before there was even a before,
all that was
was endless mystery, Ain Sof )

Our lives can be dedicated
to finding the holiness in every thing and every one,
or we can ignore the sacredness of the reality about us.
Within our hands is the power
to enrich the life of the planet,
and within our hands is the power to destroy.
U’va’char’tem ba’chayim:
Choose life that you and your children may live.

The holiness which we seek and which we find,
we call kadosh.
And our dedication to holiness, our work to enrich the planet,
we call the path of mitzvah.

Ha’me’ir la’aretz u’l’darim ah’leh’ha
Each morning you awake to the very fire
that created all the stars.
Each day is an occasion to dedicate yourself
to a vision of oneness, harmony and beauty
worthy of our fiery origin.
Sh’ma Yisrael: HaVaYaH Eloheinu, YHVH Echad.
In our work, in our relationships,
We can shape this fire as it has shaped us,
aware of the awesome energy which has provided it.
Or we can waste this fire, and we can use it for destruction.
Our most important mitzvah is to cherish this fire,
the source of our existence,
the power we can use for transformation,
the power to manifest holiness
in our planet, in our species,
in our society, in our community,
in our family, in myself.

V'ahavtah et Yod Hey Vav Hey
Elo'he'chah b'chol l'vav'echa
u'v'chol naf'sheh'cha u'v'chol m'o'decha,
"And you shall love HaVaYaH your fiery power
with all your heart, with all your life, with all that is yours."
This is the fire of the entire cosmos:
We must not waste it on triviality nor on enmity.
We cherish HaVaYaH by standing in awe,
by acting with reverence,
by developing conscience as we use it,
by offering our gratitude.
We have the power to forge cosmic fire.
What can compare with such a destiny?

(by Rabbi Burt Jacobson, found it here)
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Paralleling [ profile] septemberish's recent admission of her perverse pleasure in pulling an all-nighter: Dyou think there's something wrong with me that I started to salivate while reading through the course offerings at the schools I want to go to?

Also, I just wrote to Uma because I was idly researching the big bang theory and found this:
According to the standard theory, our universe sprang into existence as "singularity" around 13.7 billion years ago. What is a "singularity" and where does it come from? Well, to be honest, we don't know for sure.

It made me laugh because I once wrote a paper for her trying to figure out what the hell a singularity is (in Multitude, but still.)

Also, the big bang thing is funny because evidently the theory is that before this moment when this singularity sprang into existence, there was nothing. Then there was the universe. I know this is one of those things that baffles everybody and is ergo sort of trite, but...There was Nothingness (whatever that is) and then, this atom, that expanded outward, spinning the worlds into existence? Cosmology is crazy. Creation.


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