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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Behind the Mask

Purim in Crown Heights, NY…
Behind the MaskThe world is a mask.Superficial barriers conceal our true selves.On Purim we look behind the mask and rediscover the soul.
After the break… a few iPhone shots from the streets of Brooklyn on Purim.Happy Purim!
Happy Purim!
Happy Purim!More Purim candy for your soul right here… Wishing you a happy Shabbos! Michoel, Sarah and the Oneinfocus Team

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The Children’s Torah

Oneinfocus wishes you a truly joyful Purim:
Kids LearningOut of the mouths of babes and nursing infants You have established strength because of Your adversaries, in order to put an end to enemy and avenger. Psalms 8:3When Mordechai learnt about the evil plot of Haman, he gathered together 22,000 Jewish children to learn Torah. In this merit, the Jewish people were saved, and today we celebrate the story of Purim with unbridled joy.
After the break: learn about the depth of this verse…
The verse from Psalms seems very curious. Normally, to combat an enemy, one needs a strong army of fit warriors. Moreover, to combat an avenger, one needs a sophisticated intelligence service to foil the schemes of their opponents. How could it be that the power to nullify the enemy and the avenger lies specifically with babes and nursing infants?
The Rebbe Rayatz, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, in his discourse on Purim 1927, […]

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The Blaze Within

An iPhone photo from the streets of Brooklyn…
The Drive WithinThe complete tzaddik has destroyed the physical drive within him.Others must strive to direct it towards a higher purpose,setting the earthly materials ablaze with a G-dly fire.
Shabbat Shalom!Michoel, Sarah and The Oneinfocus Team

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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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Tuned In

Taken at the Brooklyn Jewish Music Cafe…
The photo was snapped by Dovid and the caption composed by Michoel.
Tuned InThere are two souls that sing,one to the heavens and the other to earth.When we are tuned into G-dliness they sing in unison – giving to life clarity, purpose and peace.
Wishing you a peaceful Shabbos, Michoel, Dovid, Sarah and Miri.

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G-d Bless You

Sneezing, Shooting and Lighting!
AngelicConfined to a material body,man’s soul requires an “arousal from above.”This kindles “an arousal from below”an initiative, on our part, to rise above earthly limitationsand strive towards G-d.
Strobist info (and tissues) after the break….Cold weather and indoor family time forced me to think outside the box, actually – inside the box!
Production images below demonstrate my ‘two-strobe setup’:Production Photo 4Wireless strobe #1 inside an empty tissue box.
Production Photo 3Test firing: exposure, wireless transmission and light quantity.
Production Photo 2 - SnootWireless strobe #2 – snooted to concentrate light on the tissue box.
Production Photo 1Firing strobe #1 and #2.Testing strobe #2 light direction.On the Caption: The caption is based on multiple biblical verses and chassidic discourses. There is a well-known saying from the Talmud, “Open […]

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The Wondrous Miracle

Oneinfocus wishes you a Happy Chanukah:
ChanukahThe miracle of Chanukah is not simply commemorated every year. Rather, it is relived with the wonder and excitement of a child,as if each time is the first.
Chanukah is such a wonderful holiday!! The messages are so fundamental and the teachings of Chassidus about Chanukah are so tremendously deep.
This weeks caption is obviously not something which applies exclusively to Chanukah, but is the attitude we need when approaching all Jewish holidays. Time in Judaism is not linear, but rather cyclical or like a spiral. We re-experience each festival and re-connect with the specific energy and theme for that time of year.
The candles burning bright:IMG_0106In Kabbalah, light is used as an analogy for the expression of G-d. We say “G-d’s light is shining or withheld.” The reason is because even though light is a creation, it is very unique. It doesn’t take […]

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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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