Berit Engen WEFT and D'RASH – A Thousand Jewish Tapestries



THE MYSTICAL TRADITION (V)
– Light, As It Plays Inside Dew, Mist, and Rain

 
          I have woven water as in gentle rain and dew and mist upon the earth. Water, no one is ‘against’ water. But rain? Heaven forbid it should rain one day. We all need it for survival, but few want it. Dew makes bare feet in the grass wet in the morning, and mist is a veil hindering us from seeing clearly. To me it is about the awe inspiring, mysterious interplay between water and light.


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Berit Engen                                     WEFT and D'RASH – A Thousand Jewish Tapestries The Mystical Tradition (V)
. . . and When I Watch It
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          From Pesach to Sukkot we pray for dew, “morid hatal.” The reference is to the land of Israel, not to our local weather and growing conditions. The prayer creates a connection to the Land, as well as addressing sustenance for all. We want and need the seasons to provide what they are supposed to bring forth. Feeling in tune with the natural wonders, often unobtrusive, around us, is the magical daily world of those who yearn for this connection.
Berit Engen                                     WEFT and D'RASH – A Thousand Jewish Tapestries The Mystical Tradition (V)
When I Approach the Dew . . .
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          We find ‘dew’ in personal names as in Talyah and Talor, meaning “dew from God” or “Heavenly dew,” and “dew is light.” There is the symbolism of dew as hope, as in Amital, “my people is hope.” Just as dew makes the clear morning colors glow and the evening shadows radiate, our lives feel illuminated when hope is present in our reality. Without hope our spirits easily droop.
Berit Engen                                     WEFT and D'RASH – A Thousand Jewish Tapestries The Mystical Tradition (V)
When I Smell the Mist . . .
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          Although dew is beautifully mentioned in the Scriptures allegorically, I have chosen here to make the connection to losing oneself in dewish thoughts and colors: to breathe mindfully God’s Creation.
Berit Engen                                     WEFT and D'RASH – A Thousand Jewish Tapestries The Mystical Tradition (V)
. . . and When I Flow With It and Drink It
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          Grass and flowers have a radiating glaze, as if touched by God’s paintbrush dipped in water.
Berit Engen                                     WEFT and D'RASH – A Thousand Jewish Tapestries The Mystical Tradition (V)
When I Hide in the Light Rain
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          From late fall to early spring, from Sukkot to Pesach, we pray for rain. Strictly speaking, the prayer is not a petition; rather it praises God for making the rain fall, “morid hagashem.”

          Why not sing in the rain? And if it is poisoned by nuclear testing in the atmosphere, sing Malvina Reynolds’s song, “What Have They Done to the Rain?” A Jewish political activist and singer-songwriter, she helped increase awareness regarding pollution. Maybe it is when we don’t have what we take for granted that we appreciate it more. I think mystical reflections help create that connection all the time, if one is open to it.
Berit Engen                                     WEFT and D'RASH – A Thousand Jewish Tapestries The Mystical Tradition (V)
. . . and When in It and in Dew and Mist, I Know That I Am Not Alone
2013
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          A Chassidic tale teaches us that we will find our treasure, our most valuable possessions and connections to life, where we reside, not in some magical place far away. Searching for meaning in our time might seem both a futile and an overwhelming task since so much is beyond our control. For the immediate connections to life, each human being is part of and close to nature every day. We can benefit from it tremendously if we are open to it and search where we find ourselves.
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