Jewish Family Times
26 November 2015
Photograph God: Creating a Spiritual Blog of Your Life by Mel Alexenberg
Astute guidance will help you capture God, bring kabbalah and spirituality into your everyday moments, and create a dialogue between biblical narrative and your personal story.
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“Mel Alexenberg offers a scintillating experiment in creativity. His work is an invitation to deepen your spiritual sensibilities as you extend your imagination.” - Jan Phillips, author of God Is at Eye Level: Photography as a Healing Art
“One of art’s most complete and compelling integrations of the sacred and profane. Mel Alexenberg shows the way to the divine via digital imagery and heightened perception of its presence in the moving face of every person, place, and thing. It reads like a swift and soulful breeze.” - Dr. Shaun McNiff, author of Trust the Process: An Artist’s Guide to Letting Go and Art Heals: How Creativity cures the Soul, University Professor, Lesley University, Cambridge
"Alexenberg proposes that text and image - something as simple as photos taken with a smartphone, and multiplied in their resonance by the Internet - can be a consciousness raising tool" - Peter Samis, Associate Curator, Interpretation, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
“Thinks brilliantly outside the box. It crisscrosses disciplines, from science and technology to philosophy and mysticism to art as both historical and creative phenomena. This is one of those books that other thinkers will wish they had somehow thought about how to write, and to which readers of diverse sorts will simply respond by saying: wow!” - Dr. Ori Z. Soltes, author of Tradition and Transformation, Professorial Lecturer in Theology and Fine Arts, Georgetown University
“There are many parallels in Christian thought and deed that should allow this excellent book to resonate with many people of faith. He has succeeded in creating a program for photographers, on a daily basis, to explicitly weave their faith into their art and ultimately, back into their worldview with a fresh perspective.” - Bob Weil is co-author of The Art of iPhone Photography: Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone
"Photograph God gives us an amazing perspective on our own existence, especially in the age of interconnected iPhone culture." - Prof. Michael Bielicky, Head of Department of Digital Media/Postdigital Narratives, University of Art and Design/ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
"In an original way, Prof. Alexenberg invites us to connect the networked world of Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, WhatsApp and Blogspot, with the concept of the unseen God." - Dr. Yael Eylat Van-Essen, author of Digital Culture: Virtuality, Society and Information, teaches at Tel Aviv University and Holon Institute of Technology, Israel
"I can feel your joy, warmth and good humor in your images."- Julie DuBose, author of Effortless Beauty: Photography as an Expression of Eye, Mind and Heart
"Alexenberg locates art in the realm of personal experience and creative expression at a time when art education is falling under the jurisdiction of more singular bureaucratic prescriptions.... A valuable addition to the literature of art education.” – Dr. Jerome J. Hausman, author of Arts and the Schools, former Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and World Council member, International Society for Education through Art
30 October 2015
"Menahem (Mel) Alexenberg is "tov ro'i," "goodly of vision." Imbued with the "radical Hasidism" of Habad and Rav Kook, he sees godliness and goodliness in even the most mundane, and instructs others to behold that vision. We are blessed to have such a wise teacher in our midst."
- Rabbi Bezalel Naor, author of From a Kabbalist's Diary and The Limit of Intellectual Freedom: The Letters of Rav Kook, former head of institutes of higher Jewish learning in United States and Israel
29 October 2015
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Conceptual artist Mel Alexenberg offers the digital generation a way to find life's meaning by creating ‘spiritual blogs.’
By Rachel Neiman, Israel 21c, http://www.israel21c.org/from-selfies-to-spirituality/
Mel Alexenberg is an artist, educator, writer and blogger working at the interface between art, science, technology and culture whose artworks are in the collections of more than 40 museums worldwide.
Alexenberg’s most recent project is a book and accompanying online project entitled Photograph God: Creating a Spiritual Blog of Your Life.
The book explores the interface between biblical narrative, kabbalah and digital technologies. It demonstrates how to create a blog by photographing God’s “divine light” … “as revealed in everyday life while crafting a dialogue between the bloggers story and the biblical story.”
For example, Alexenberg asked his students at Ariel University to photograph everyday examples of the seven divine kabbalistic attributes. Among the results:
Hesed (compassion/largesse/loving all): “… an elderly man responding to feral cats hungry for love and food. He pets each one and portions out food for them.”
Tiferet (beauty/aesthetic balance/inner elegance): “the birth of a calf, an awesome event expressing deeply felt beauty of seeing new life coming into the world.”
Hod (splendor/gracefulness/magnificence): “… the glorious feeling of young lovers kissing. She photographed their shadow as the hed (echo) of the event.”
Alexenberg’s own spiritual blog was created together with his artist wife, Miriam, to celebrate their 52nd wedding anniversary. During each of the 52 weeks of their 52nd year, they posted six photographs that reflected their life together along with a Twitter “tweet” that related the weekly Torah reading to their shared five-plus decades:
“God saw all that he had made, and behold, it was very good. It was evening and morning, the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31)”
“On the first day of our honeymoon, we bought a cactus plant. On the 42nd year of our honeymoon, our daughter bought us this cactus.”
“He [Jacob] had a vision in a dream. A ladder was standing on the ground and its top reached up toward heaven; and behold! Divine angels were ascending and descending on it. (Genesis 28:12)”
“Six days shall you accomplish your activities and on the seventh day you shall desist. (Exodus 23:12) The seventh day is Sabbath … you shall not do any creative work. (Exodus 20:10)”
“We can enjoy the technological wonders of our era knowing that we are free to tune out, turn off, and unplug on the next Shabbat.”
To learn more about how to create your own spiritual blog, click on book cover on side bar or see http://bibleblogyourlife.blogspot.com
To learn more about Mel Alexenberg’s extensive body of work, see http://melalexenberg.com
Chaim Meiersdorf - Yeshiva University
Mel Alexenberg is simply a genius. I had the pleasure of watching him in action when I worked for him as Rabbi of the Yerucham Art College in the early 1980's. He had a special knack for synthesizing profound Jewish ideas with the plastic arts. The arts enhanced the Jewish message and visa versa. It is wonderful to see that Mel is keeping up the creative work, full speed ahead.
12 July 2015
“I can feel your joy, warmth and good humor in your images. Your approach, while fundamentally spiritual and fired by a kindred spark as my own passion for seeing, is a mirror of a different sort of our mutual exploration of our humanity.” - Julie DuBose, author of Effortless Beauty: Photography as an Expression of Eye, Mind and Heart, Director, Miksang Institute for Contemplative Photography, Colorado
08 July 2015
“Mel Alexenberg transforms what sounds like blasphemy - "capturing" God in photographs and restricting Him to two-dimensional images - into a mystical exercise as we open our eyes to the Divinity found in our everyday lives. The book's wonderful synthesis between spirituality and technology, heaven and earth, is exciting and thought-provoking. Photograph God is a practical demonstration of Solomon's wisdom: "Acknowledge God in all your paths." Alexenberg's affirmation of the spiritual potential of the Internet, blogging, photography, new technologies and social media, brings to mind the dictum of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, the first Chief Rabbi of pre-state Israel: 'The old will be renewed, and the new will be sanctified.'" - Rabbi Chanan Morrison, author of Gold from the Land of Israel
01 March 2015
“Photograph God: Creating a Spiritual Blog of Your Life is the most recent, and arguably one of art’s most complete and compelling integrations of the sacred and profane. Mel Alexenberg shows the way to the divine via digital imagery and heightened perception of its presence in the moving face of every person, place, and thing. The book is packed with wisdom and learning about Talmudic tradition, creative expression, and cyberangels. It reads like a swift and soulful breeze. I love every “byte” of it." - Dr. Shaun McNiff, author of Earth Angels: Engaging the Sacred in Everyday Things and Imagination in Action: Secrets for Unleashing Creative Expression, the first University Professor of Lesley University, Cambridge