Friday, April 28, 2017

Omer 2017 Day 18: Big Yellow Taxi

Day 18: Netzach in Tiferet, Endurance in Beauty
Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

"I wrote 'Big Yellow Taxi' on my first trip to Hawaii. I took a taxi to the hotel and when I woke up the next morning, I threw back the curtains and saw these beautiful green mountains in the distance. Then, I looked down and there was a parking lot as far as the eye could see, and it broke my heart . . . this blight on paradise." -Joni Mitchell on her inspiration for Big Yellow Taxi

On Tu B'Shevat, I wrote about Heschel's suggestion that the earth is not Mother Earth, but our sister, a sibling to humanity, both of us created by God. Today, Mitchell reminds us that we should not take nature's beauty for granted. The beauty around us will not endure without some help to maintain and protect it.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Omer 2017 Day 17: Try

Day 17: Tiferet in Tiferet, Beauty in Beauty
Try by Colbie Caillat

Take your make-up off
Let your hair down
Take a breath
Look into the mirror, at yourself
Don't you like you?
'Cause I like you

Caillat's Try is an anthem to our inner beauty, questioning the value our society places on outer beauty at the expense of who we really are. Don't hide yourself under makeup, she says; let your inner beauty shine and it will be reflected out to the world.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Omer 2017 Day 16: Reflection

Day 16: Gevurah in Tiferet, Strength in Beauty
Reflection by Christina Aguilera

Who is that girl I see
Staring straight back at me?
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?

Mirrors show us our outward appearances, but there is so much more to beauty than looks. Our actions reflect our inner beauty and strength.