- Posted by Elaine Zecher
- On April 12, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat.
Sometimes the real thing is better than the metaphor, even when it has to do with a black hole.
There have been infinite associations of the image of this endless dark void attributed to many experiences and circumstances. But, now it is real.
An actual authentic cosmic black hole 53 million light years away was captured on film. The time warping and light twisting mystery of the universe…was seen as a dark shadow inside an enormous opening that is the size of our solar system and about 6 billion times the mass of the sun, as the Globe reported on Thursday.
That is one enormous amount of space. In a beautiful ironic twist, this scientific discovery has made possible a better understanding of the spiritual.
The mystery of the black hole may have been solved because the photographs proved its existence. Yet, where does it end? One of the scientists described the black hole as a one-way door out of the universe.
What is on the other side of that metaphorical door?
That passageway leads into eternity and therefore still leaves great mystery. Whatever path it takes has no limit, no boundaries, just the uninterrupted motion toward endlessness and timelessness. Like two parallel lines that will never ever touch, the black hole reminds us that infinity cannot be contained.
But it can be experienced. Abraham Joshua Heschel in his book, The Sabbath, in the section called “Intuitions of Eternity” connected Shabbat with eternity. While the Talmud regarded Shabbat somewhat like eternity others viewed Shabbat as the fountainhead of eternity, the well from which [infinity] takes its source. (page 74)
Science has discovered that well way out of this universe of ours but nevertheless accessible on Shabbat. The mystery remains as we enjoy the beauty that this day provides every single week. Forever.
Tonight join us for Qabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 p.m., the Wyner Lecture with Ilya Vidrin. The Reciprocity Collaborative presents Hope in Exile – Prayer, Music & Dance. Weaved throughout the Qabbalat Shabbat experience, expressive choreography, will be paired with the music of Jewish composers including Mieczyslaw Weinberg and Ernest Bloch, both exiled due to the Holocaust. Music direction by Daniel Kurganov; artistic direction by Ilya Vidrin. Ilya’s family resettled in Boston from the Soviet Union with the help of Temple Israel. He grew up here and feels deeply connected to our community. If you cannot join us for this special Shabbat, live stream HERE.
Tomorrow Torah Study begins at 9:00 a.m. with a short service and Torah reading followed by a lively discussion.
I look forward to your thoughts and reflections, please connect with me directly HERE.