an interpretation of rabbi shlomo carlebach's commentary on the torah, "the stone of shlomo". each of my videos is a "chip from shlomo's stone", a stone which kabbalah refers to as the holy of holies, the higher wisdom, the stone of yakov and the foundation stone. it is said that god detached one end of this stone from his throne and put that end on the earth at the time of creation. that stone therefore is the basis of all reality. my videos seek to demonstrate the clear logical thinking that underlies the code of stories, paradoxes and metaphors that are the work of reb shlomo. chips 1-5 deal with the topic "lech l'chah" (go, man, go!) and chips 6-13 deal with the topic "covenant". if you prefer the whole turkey in one gulp, refer to the video from which this series was taken. to share comments with me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GO, MAN, GO! chip 1, page 125. god tells avraham "lech l'chah", go to the land that i will show you. but when avraham and his men try to fold up their tents to go there, the tents will not fold up. what kind of motion is it that is only in one place, and how can this kind of motion get avraham and the rest of us to the holy land? BACK IS FORWARD chip 2, page 132. god tells avraham and us that if we want to get to the holy land we must keep going, even if we're going backwards. what kind of motion is this that takes us forwards even when we are going backwards? CLOSER TO PEOPLE chip 3, page 115. if i go higher towards the heavens or deeper into myself, in some ways i am getting further away from people. but to keep moving towards god we need to keep getting closer to people while at the same time going deeper into ourselves. here is a technique to do this. HOW CLOSE? chip 4, page 115. if i am too far from a someone, then i am too far from god, but if i get too close to someone then we both merge into the oneness and disappear as ourselves. so how close can i possibly get to god, to myself and to people, all at the same time? MISTAKES ARE OK chip 5, page 65. adam and eve hid from god. there are techniques that all of us of are expert at for running away from ourselves, from people and from god. but making mistakes is one of the best ways to get back, and god has no objection to us making mistakes so long as we do not hide them from him. TWO COVENANTS chip 6, p. 133. just as god has two names, elohim and yhvh, there are two covenants, one with noah and one with avraham. elohim manifests in nature, and noah walks with god in nature. yhvh is the god who created the world and is beyond it. avraham walks with god before nature. what does that mean? WORLD OF LIGHT chip 7, p. 85. noah got his strength by picking up the light and energy coming down from heaven which everyone else ignored. god made a covenant with noah that this pure world of light and energy, which is the essence of everything, will always exist. what world is this? TASTE THE WORLD chip 8, p. 94. noah's covenant is based on clearly seeing and hearing the world and using deductive logic, while avraham's covenant is based on vaguely, holistically tasting or sniffing out the world and using inductive logic. noah takes a look around and right away decides to build an ark and to invite certain creatures for the boatride. avraham, on the other hand, has to sweat out mind boggling tests before he can make his choices. reb shlomo cites the akeidah as one example. GOD WHISPERS chip 9, p. 180. god whispers to sarah in the tent that she should pray for a child. the tent symbolizes the holies of holies, the macrocosm, the higher wisdom, the pargod, the foundation stone, yakov's stone and shlomo's stone. god whispering to sarah is mystical prespeech symbolizing chochmah fertilizing binah and malchut, immaculate conception induced in a virgin, and the shechinah preparing to give birth to the jewish people. the whispering is a the oral torah, prespeech shortly before "the word" will come forth into the written torah announcing the coming birth of yitzchak. here is how to set up your own tent and do this oral torah prespeech exercise yourself. find out what god is waiting to whisper to you! GOD GET ME HIGH! chip 10, p.133. noah walks with god, elohim, stuck in nature, while avraham walks with god, yhvh, high above nature. noah's aristotelian covenant posits an organic oneness as reality, while avraham's neo-platonic covenant posits a split, dualistic model. like a performer in the brechtian theater, avraham is on top of his life, freely discovering pure ideas in the upper realm, and then using those ideas to illuminate the dead junk collage of routine, habitual life. here is a brechtian theater exercise showing you how you too, like avraham avinu, can transform your own dead forms into creative, redeemed live forms.
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