Behar 5776

How can we own time? We already know some methods: repetition, rhythm, ritual. We can also count and name. Time slips past indifferently, but when we say “Shabbat is tomorrow”, “It’s my thirtieth birthday”, “Four weeks since Pesach,” we’ve created units of time which are the building-blocks of meaningful narrative, and of anything sacred. Instead of history happening to us, we construct history. “Count seven sabbaths of years… and sanctify the fiftieth year.” The act of counting days and years, cycles of seven, give each moment significance, a relationship to past and future moments. Pauses give meaning to our actions, teach us the value and limitations of production and ownership. Things and places are never holy, only actions and time




[Inspired by: Leviticus 25; Sefer Hachinuch 330; and The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali.]





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