Under Wraps

New York, New York…
Under WrapsExile is a twofold concealment, wherein the concealment itself is concealed.More on the photo and caption after the jump!______Behind the photo: A classic NYC scene snapped with my iPhone. The photo was taken in the Flatiron district, usually a bustling place. The day I took the photo the rain sent people indoors – except for the daring photographers! The photo was polished with an iPhone app. First HDR processing followed by a sepia filter.Behind the caption: The caption is derived from one of the 36 aphorisms of the Baal Shem Tov: “Conceal shall I conceal My face on that day” (Book of Deuteronomy 31:18). Galut (the Exile) is a twofold concealment, wherein the concealment itself is concealed. So great is this concealment, that one is not even aware of the concealment; one may even come to think of the darkness as […]

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Man Is a Mirror

Reflect on this one!
Man is a MirrorMan is a mirror.The good one perceives in others is a reflection of his own character.
After the jump – the iPhone photo of the week!______This week’s photo was taken at sunset in The Hague, Netherlands. The caption is based on one of the thirty-six aphorisms of the Baal Shem Tov.And the iPhone photo of the week:
MiniThe old and new MINI. Manhattan, NY.Can you think of an inspirational caption for the photo above? Let us know in the comments section below!Wishing you a Good Shabbos, Michoel, Sarah and The Oneinfocus Team.

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The Secret of Light

Thank you to Orah Chaya Bitton of Crown Heights, NY for this week’s Meaningful Monday photograph. The photo was taken with her iPhone at sunset in Manhattan, NYC.
The Secret of LightThe Baal Shem Tov was very fond of light, and said,”Or (light) is the numerical equivalent of raz (secret).Whoever knows the ‘secret’ in every thing can bring illumination.”
Orah is an artist of many forms, a true ‘creative’, a passionate photographer and has a number of different ‘hats’ helping Chabad shluchim in the USA.Orah played a crucial role in creating The United Colors of Distinction.Orah – thank you for the awesome photo. Wishing you a Meaningful Monday, Michoel, Sarah & The Oneinfocus Team!

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United Colors of Distinction

1 light, 2 people and 3 photos.
United Colors of DistinctionLove all Jews without distinction.G-d will reciprocate in kind, filling your vessel with blessings.
See it all inside.______Thank you to Orah Chaya Bitton of Crown Heights for assisting with the photo shoot and the creative work.The photo shoot took place at the Crown Heights Mediation Centre in Brooklyn. It consisted of 1 wireless strobe, to the left of the camera, located 6 feet high and into a reflective umbrella. More photos from the shoot below: Photo 2
Photo 3Ingredients: 1 cup of pumpkin soup1/2 a spring onion, chopped.1 wireless flash, camera left, 6 feet high, into a reflective umbrella!
Behind the caption: The caption is derived from a fusion of two of the Baal Shem Tov’s thirty-six aphorisms.1. “The love G‑d has for every Jew extends not only […]

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A Fire That Inspires

Having the Monday morning blues? Oneinfocus will change the color of your day!
A Fire That InspiresA student once asked his teacher, the Baal Shem Tov, “Why is it that you are constantly travelling from city to city and village to village, when most Torah scholars stay in their academies and receive students from all over the world?”The Baal Shem Tov answered, “My dear, the teachings of Chassidus are like fire, while the teachings of the Talmud are like water. All those who are thirsty flock to water; however, most people flee from fire. Therefore, I must travel to my students, and teach them that Chassidus is not a fire that consumes, but one that illuminates and inspires.”
Behind the photo: A hearty thank you to Yoni Steingiesser of Perth, Australia for the phenomenal photo. Yoni is a computer scientist and web designer. Perhaps we have […]

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