OCHO #24: Twitter Poets
Standing again at Sinai

12 Torah Tweets

Rabbi Shai Gluskin (@rabbishai) is one of the most avid twitterers I know. He recently created Torah Tweets, a place for those who twitter Torah to self-aggregate. (About that.) He launched it just in time for Shavuot, which begins tonight at sundown; he's also been promoting the pre-Shavuot project of twittering as much Torah as we can during the day leading up to the festival, as a way of celebrating Torah and getting ourselves intellectually and spiritually ramped-up for the holiday. In 140-character bite-sized pieces, naturally.

I haven't been on Twitter very long -- only a few months, which makes me quite a newcomer to the medium. It's weird to be such a late adopter, but I resisted it for a long time. I didn't see what was so interesting about answering the question "what are you doing?" But once I started poking around Twitter, I realized that a lot of people use the medium in creative ways (e.g. not just to offer updates on sitting in traffic or ordering lunch), and also that it's a fun way to keep in touch with some of my friends who don't blog -- and to see a different facet of some who do.

Anyway, I'm digging it a lot. I like writing within the constraints of the form (like writing haiku -- predictably I twittered a lot of haiku when I was starting out, though the frequency of those small poems has decreased as I've found other ways of writing small) and I like the conversational quality that the medium encourages. Anyway: today I've been making a ton of tiny Torah posts! In case any of you who read this blog aren't on twitter (or happen not to be following @velveteenrabbi), but are curious about the kinds of tiny teachings one can twitter, beneath the cut you'll find a dozen of today's #Torah tweets from me.

Enjoy, and may your Shavuot be sweet!

Each line of akdamut, recited on Shavuot, ends with תא, last & first ltrs of alefbet: #Torah learning is neverending, we always begin again.

Pre-Shavuot #Torah #Hasidut: On Pesach, God connects with us. Then we spend 49 days spiritually climbing Sinai so we can connect with God.

RT @rabbibird #Torah #Shavuot R. Zalman Schachter-Shalomi says Moses was like transformer. Brought Torah down to level of house current.

תבא/ark can also mean word. The Baal Shem says Gen 6:16 can be read "Make a light-opening in the word" - expansive words enlighten. #Torah

That last teaching (about light and word and ark) is offered in the name of R' Duvid Seidenberg, who blogs it at length at jcarrot.org!

These days we're reading Numbers: in Hebrew, Bamidbar, which means "in the wilderness" - outside comfort zone, we meet revelation. #Torah

#Shavuot = cosmic wedding anniversary. The Jewish ppl & God are wed, the mountain (inverted, as in midrash) our chuppah, #Torah our ketubah.

At #Shavuot we read #Ruth & learn the value of letting the hungry glean our fields. This is one way we can "redeem" those in need. #Torah

What does Torah imply, depicting God at the theophany as fire? God, like fire = real, ever-changing, no fixed form. (per Greenstein) #Torah

Did Sinai "really happen?" Not the point. What matters is that we find enduring truth in reliving revelation. #Torah

The giving of #Torah happened only once, but the receiving is ongoing, in every generation. - The Gerer Rebbe

In the beginning God said let there be light! But no sun or moon until day 4. The light of day 1 was supernal illumination: wisdom, #Torah.

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