Spiritual Progress

Monday sneaks up on us and Oneinfocus brings with it Meaning!A hearty thank you to Yaakov Hoffinger (Brooklyn, NY) for the photo – taken in the fjords of Norway!
DSC_1256wSpiritual progress is achieved when one is taken by the hand and led;it is more precious though, when one paddles the distance with his own strength.More about Yaakov and the fjords of Norway inside!______This is Yaakov’s second exhibit on Oneinfocus; you can see the first over here.Yaakov grew up in Brooklyn, NY and has spent time assisting with Jewish programs in communities around the globe, particularly in Russia.This time he journeyed to Norway with his wife to supervise a summer camp.Behind the photo: Fjords are found in locations where current or past glaciation extended below current sea level. A fjord is formed when a glacier retreats, after carving its typical U-shaped valley, and the sea fills the […]

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A Sign of Blessing

Simply stunning! Thank you to Dovid Birk for the Meaningful Monday inspiration!
A Sign of BlessingWhen encountering water one should saythat the Baal Shem says that it is a sign of blessing.
A few short words on Dovid and the caption inside!______Behind the photo:The photo was taken on a recent trip to Margaret River in Western Australia. Dovd is a passionate photographer, a champion outdoor enthusiast, lawyer, zoologist and is currently completing his Rabbinical studies in New York.Behind the caption:The caption is dervied from Hayom Yom for the 21st day of the month of Tevet, which reads: “The Rebbe, R. Yosef Yitzchak, once met a water carrier carrying full buckets and remarked:When one encounters water there is an appropriate maxim of the Baal Shem Tov that he should say, namely: “When encountering water one should say that the Baal Shem says that it is a sign of […]

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Painting Light

This week a Oneinfocus photo shoot in Columbia, Maryland. I took this photo around 8am, near the local Chabad house – where else would you find so much light!
Painting Light                                                                                                                                                             Buy PrintThe Torah teaches that we are day workers.Day means light.Our work is to paint the world with the light of Torahby strengthening ourselves and inspiring others.
I could not resist and returned to this snowy field the same day at twilight.
Painting Light - TwilightThe same day, at twilight.
Behind the photo:This color ‘format’ is called Sepia. In the old days when we used to process film, it was a color ‘technique’ done by chemically treating the photo paper. Today, it is a setting, either in camera or in post processing using Photoshop.Here is the original – full color at 8:00am! Painting Light - ColorThe original photo in […]

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