Ki Tavo

If we see events like waking up, walking and eating as ‘everyday’ and not as miracles, it is because we simply forget that they could be otherwise. Ask survivors of life-threatening situations, or those who were locked away from the world. Put bluntly: we see miracles once we are conscious of death. Our psyche tries to protect us from the encounter with death, and so we often waddle through the world unaware of its miraculousness, until something finally jolts us awake. How to retain this mortality-consciousness, this miracle-consciousness, more consistently? Art and literature sometimes work; through mythical language, some religious rites also try to blur distinctions between the ordinary and the extraordinary. Acknowledging the world-as-it-is can shatter illusions of banality.

 

 

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[Inspired by: The blessings for bikkurim, bathrooms, re-encountering friends and ModimWhat is a Miracle by R. Artson; This Incredible Need to Believe by Julia Kristeva; and William Blake’s Glad Day or the Dance of Albion.]

 

 

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