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Po Ve Sham – Here and There 

“But if you seek the Lord your God from there, you will find Him” (Deut. 4:29)

Each one of us, out of his own position, seeks a life with meaning, with layers of depth and sacredness. Judaism deals with making meaning available, it provides us with sort of “binoculars” through which we can look at the world and experience these layers.

Regrettably, this opportunity sometimes gets missed through the struggle between here and there. There is a mistaken assumption that in order to experience or to participate one should change his world conceptions, leave his own “here” and adopt somebody else’s.

But you seek from there! Here and there are relative to each other, and it is wrong to assume that we should all be at the same position in order to experience meaning. Understanding the there, seeking and asking from there, is the key to relevant Judaism.

Your “here”, perhaps my “there”, is not wrong, it is yours and from there it is possible to experience, to deepen, to be moved, one should only ask.

 

Rabbi Nico Socolovsky

 

Nico (Nicolas) Socolovsky is the current Rabbi of Temple Beth Tikvah in Orange County, CA.

Nico grew up in Buenos Aires and immigrated to Israel in 2002. Over the years he has worked in many different social frameworks, with teenagers, immigrants, ex-prisoners, underprivileged families, and others.

In 2010 Nico initiated the Shchuniya, home for Jewish renaissance in Haifa. He also worked for RHR – Rabbis for Human Rights, directing the center for rights in Hadera.

Nico graduated his BA in Education and Jewish Thought and his MA in Jewish Thought – concentrating on Religions’ Sciences – at the Haifa University. Following his studies in the Israeli Rabbinical program of the HUC, both in Israel and in New York, in 2013 Nico was ordained as Rabbi in Jerusalem.

Nico came to California after spending two years in Singapore, where he offered Rabbinical accompaniment and services within Singapore and in its surroundings, as well as works on his own scholastic and musical projects.

Nico is the founder and managing coordinator of the Po Ve Sham blog (povesham.org).

 

פה ושם

” וּבִקַּשְׁתֶּם מִשָּׁם אֶת יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ וּמָצָאתָ” (דברים ד-כט)

כל אחד מאתנו ממקומו מבקש חיים עם משמעות, עם רבדים של עומק ושל קדושה. היהדות עוסקת בהנגשת משמעות, היא מספקת  מעין “משקפת” שבאמצעותה אפשר להתבונן על העולם ולחוות את הרבדים האלה.

מצער מאד לראות כי הזדמנות זו לעיתים מתפספסת במאבק בין פה ושם, יש מעין הנחה שגויה שעל מנת לחוות את החוויה או ליטול חלק את/ה אמור/ה לשנות את הנחות הבסיס בחיים שלך, לעזוב את ה“פה” שלך ולאמץ את זה של מישהו אחר.

אבל בקשתם משם! פה ושם הם רלטיביים וזו טעות להניח שכולנו אמורים להיות באותו מקום כדי לחוות משמעות. הבנת (כבוד) השם, הבקשה משם זאת המפתח ליהדות רלוונטית.

הפה שלך , אולי שם בשבילי, הוא לא פסול, הוא שלך וממנו אפשר לחוות, להעמיק, להתרגש, רק צריך לבקש.

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