Unchanging Descent

From the intermediate days of Passover:
DescentTorah is likened to water.  Water descends from a high place to a low place, yet it remains the same water.  Torah is sourced in the most sublime, abstract heights. It descends to a material, corporeal world but never looses its richness and depth.
This photo was taken from the intermediate days of Passover. A small group of us went to a state park called Treeman, Ithaca, NY. It was very beautiful. With each turn on the trail, we encountered waterfalls and canyons. This photo was taken with a slow shutter. I did not have my tripod with me, which may be considered a sin the field of photography. However, I lay on my stomach and steadied the camera with some stones and my hands, and took this photo at a shutter speed of 1 second. I am including another photo below of the same area, but […]

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The Constant Flame

The flame that is never extinguished:
The contstant flameA continuous fire should burn on the Altar.It must not go out. – Vayikra 6:6 – The Altar represents the heart of man. Deep within the heart, there lies a continuous flame, which burns with passionate love for its Creator.
After the jump, the before shot with a very profound idea…
The quote from Vayikra is part of the daily prayers recited in place of the actual sacrificial ceremony practiced at the time when the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem.
This one particular verse always strikes me as being so fundamental and so real. With the chassidic insight about the altar representing the heart of man, this verse is teaching us about the truth of our soul. This verse informs us that there is this deep, fiery passion found in the heart of every Jew which burns constantly. Meaning, regardless of ones actions and beliefs, the Torah teaches […]

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My Trail

Get out there and blaze your trail:
My Trail“בשבילי נברא העולם””The world was created for me” – Mishna Sanhedrin 4:5 – Instead of reading “bishvili” (for me), read “b-shvil-li” (for my trail).Meaning, the world was created for the unique path that I will forge.
For more on the depth of this statement and the caption…This photo was taken on a wonderful drive into the Berkshires, north of New York City, for a friends wedding.
I was unable to find the actual source for the drush on the wording of the mishna. I heard it in the name of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, but I checked in with a Breslov friend and he could not confirm that. If anyone can share the source of this drush, please e-mail me. I really love this little caption. It says so much, and the twist in the words adds a deeper dimension.
Off the beaten track […]

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A Timeless Deed

Oneinfocus shoots this picture outside 770, Lubavitch Headquaters:
A Timeless DeedThe Rebbe notes that although Tzedakah is usually translated as charity, its Hebrew root is the same as Tzedek, a word that means justice. When you give Tzedakah, you – as an honest and upright person – are merely passing on something that was entrusted to you for safekeeping. Tzedakah is thus not just a nice thing to do; it’s the right thing to do.After the break: Learn more about Tzedaka and see some more cool pics…Even more bright and wild:
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This week’s photo was shot outside of Lubavitch world headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, NY. The shoot was a duel effort by Michoel and Dovid and attracted the interested, ever-present onlookers. We even had a couple of young yeshiva students approach us, only to return […]

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Ahead of the Head

From the NJ Jewish Music & Art Festival:
Those Three Little WordsAbove the head rests the ‘yarmulka‘ – the skullcap. The word is a composite – yirah (awe) and Malka (King).By wearing it, we aspire for humility and awareness, directing our actions for His sake.
After the break – The NJ Jewish Music & Art Festival…Chabad of Basking Ridge held it’s second annual Jewish Music and Arts Festival last Sunday. Oneinfocus drove out to share the love and spread it’s message. The Festival was rocking with great vendors, displaying a range of Jewish art, an awesome lineup of musicians, a poet and a great BBQ. For those is who missed out, we encourage you to keep your eyes pealed for next year – you cannot miss this event! A big thank you and appreciation to Rabbis Mendy Herson and Yitzhok Moully (Chabad of Basking Ridge) on putting together […]

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An Illuminating Home

Morristown, NJ, somewhere in the forest:
An Illuminated HomeThe Holy Temple – The Beit Hamikdash – had uniquely constructed windows,designed to shine light outward to the entire world.
So too a home, a miniature Temple,where the teachings of the Torah are implemented with peace and joy,illuminates Holiness outward, automatically dispelling darkness in its path.
Learn more the windows of the Temple and see some unusual pics…______The Temple windows were constructed in a most unusual way. They were wide on the outside and narrow on the inside. The Torah tells us that this was because the Temple generated spiritual light and Holiness that would spread throughout the world. The Temple was the source. Today we are sadly without a Temple. The outer border of Temple remains in Jerusalem, part of which forms the Western Wall. However, the absence of such a potent force is compensated somewhat by a home […]

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No Fear

A Brooklyn playground:
DSC_0069_2“The world is a very narrow bridge,but the most important principle is to have no fear at all.”(Reb Nachman of Breslov)
Inside… another photo and an iPhone pic of the week!______Seems like our local playground is full of Kodak moments….
Location photoSummer fun.
And something a little different: iPhone photo, Midtown Manhattan NY.
This week’s caption is from Likutey Moharan – a Chassidic text composed by Reb Nachman of Breslov (April 4, 1772 – October 16, 1810) who was the great grandson of the Baal Shem Tov and the founder of the Breslov Chasidic movement. Because of its important and timeless message of courage the saying is now a well known song.Wishing you a joyful Shabbos, Michoel, Sarah and The Oneinfocus Team.

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Shedding Your Bark

This weeks photo was shot by Miri in a recent trip to the Catskills, Upstate New York.
Shedding Your BarkBark is the outer layer which protects and weathers. It is shed to allow for growth.There is an outer layer to all things, protecting, yet concealing a G-dly core. In order to grow we must shed the undesirable layers, allowing that core to be expressed.
After the jump: more photos and behind the caption…______The photo was shot with the largest aperture and a fast shutter speed to bring out the awesome depth of field that you see in the picture. Getting up close and personal with nature can sometimes be tricky, so you don’t always get the shot you want. If I were to do this again, I would consider using a tripod. I know, it’s a bit heavy for that stroll through the woods, but […]

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