Readings II: Kinot

Jul 10th, 2013 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer, Reflections & Observations
I share some more random readings of the past year that are thematically related to the Kinot. Please share yours with us.

Kinah 26-While The Fire Was Burning

Based on Eicha Rabbatti, Peticha 24: “Then, Jeremiah went to the grave of the Patriarchs.”

“Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience (Henry David Thoreau).”

Jeremiah is still having powerful visions even as the Temple is burning. How?


Kinah 30-The Lost Power of Transformation

“The chambers of the highest heavens are Your abode. They are full of Your glory and cannot contain you. How much less so, this House.”

“Sanctify the House of my abode, and return to my dwelling place, and may my legions gather and behold; the Presence of God entered the House!”

“Everyone should know nowadays the unimportance of the photographic in art – that truth, life, or reality is an organic thing which the poetic imagination can represent or suggest, in essence, only through transformation, through changing into other forms than those which were merely present in appearance (Tennessee Williams).”

Whether we agree with Williams or not about photography, would we be able to imagine being able to pray and make a difference if we did not believe in the power of “transformation, through changing into other forms than those which were merely present in appearance”?

Kinah 31-Aflame

“A fire burns within me…”

As on all its sides a kitchen-match darts white

flickering tongues before it bursts into flame:

with the audience around her, quickened, hot,

her dance begins to flicker in the dark room.

And all at once it is completely fire.

One upward glance and she ignites her hair

and, whirling faster and faster, fans her dress

into passionate flames, till it becomes a furnace

from which, like startled rattlesnakes, the long

naked arms uncoil, aroused and clicking.

And then: as if the fire were too tight

around her body, she takes and flings it out

haughtily, with an imperious gesture,

and watches: it lies raging on the floor,

still blazing up, and the flames refuse to die –

Till, moving with total confidence and a sweet

exultant smile, she looks up finally

and stamps it out with powerful small feet.

“Rainer Maria Rilke; ‘Spanish Dancer.’)

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