These and Those

Musings from Students of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem

[Alumni Guest Post] Rosh Chodesh Adar! by Yishai Paquin

Posted on February 15, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

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Yishai Paquin (Year '11-'12) is an avid photographer.
Here he shares a spiritual insight that he gained 
through photography:

Sometimes reminders come from unsuspected places. I was learning how to edit photos today when my instructor mentioned that dark layers are for light and light layers are for dark. It is the same basics for printing in a dark room also. Then it hit me! This is what I have been looking for in my photography, a spiritual push! It was not intended to be anything religious but I saw that in darkness there is light and in light there is darkness. Also in darkness a little bit of light will be seen, the great hope! So I have found a link between my spirituality and my photography. May it be the Almighty’s will that it will all work out with uplifting quality!

Sigh Here:


And a Poem for the Month of Adar:

Elevate the joy of Being!
Eternal connection of Life,
Elevating the mundane; what is mundane?

To the Life-Giver,
The Holy of Holies!
This Spark I carry!

Human I am meek yet mighty,
Haman dwells close by,
He too will be transformed.

A flicker of hope,
Amelek and a heart of flames,
Afire, adrift, ashore, AMEN!