Mel Alexenberg
Author of "Through a Bible Lens"

Blogart, 9/11, Cybersight, Jerusalem, Ki Tavo

This post creatively explores this week’s Torah portion Ki Tavo as it relates to the 9/11 Islamist terrorist attack on USA, the Cybersight project that addresses the common desires of blind people worldwide, and my blogart project visiting the 20 places in USA named Jerusalem.

The text below is an excerpt from my book Photograph God: Creating a Spiritual Blog of Your Life .

The book describes the “Torah Tweets” blogart project that my wife Miriam and I created to celebrate our 52nd year of marriage.  During each of the 52 weeks of our 52nd year, we posted six photographs reflecting our life together with a text of tweets that relates the weekly Torah reading to our lives.

Readers of this Times of Israel blog are invited to create a spiritual blog of their lives.  My Photograph God book offers conceptual and practical tools for Bible blogging your life.

The photo here shows Mt. Nebo, named after the biblical Mt. Nebo, photographed from Jerusalem, Utah. See my photo of the original Mt. Nevo as seen from the Dead Sea with all six photographs and Torah tweets for Ki Tavo at


Ki Tavo/When you come (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:9)

Accursed is one who strikes his fellow stealthily.  (Deuteronomy 27:24)

On 9/11, Mel was at the graduation ceremony at the College of Judea and Samaria (now Ariel University) when he heard the horrific news.

The joy of his students, Jews and Arabs alike, was suddenly dashed by the ghastly strike of militant Islamists against the free world.

Accursed is one who misdirects the blind on their way. (Deuteronomy 27:18)

We transformed a biblical curse into a blessing using innovative technology to aid blind people in “seeing” pictures with their fingers.

Our son Ari joined us in producing Cybersight.  We asked people born blind what things they would most like to see if they had vision.

Responses: Australia, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Israel, Korea, Lebanon, Lithuania, Niger, Poland, Slovenia, Zambia, UK, USA.

The amazing similarity of responses of blind people from such diverse cultures teaches us about the common vision of humanity.

They wanted to see things that they couldn’t touch – from blue sky, clouds, lakes, oceans, forests, and mountains to sports events.

The photos in this blog post are images from our JerUSAlem-USA blogart project and images from other Torah Tweets posts.

Clouds hovering above the Sea of Galilee in Israel and the Straits of Galilee photographed from Jerusalem, Rhode Island.

A Green Mountain forest in Jerusalem, Vermont, named Jerusalem because it’s the same altitude as the original Jerusalem.

Moses climbed up from the western plains of Moav to Mt. Nebo from where God showed him all the Land of Israel.  (Deuteronomy 34:1)

Mt. Nebo, named after the biblical Mt. Nebo, photographed from Jerusalem, Utah, and the Moav mountain range east of the Dead Sea.

Mel photographed our son Ari pitching for the Petah Tikva Pioneers in an Israel Baseball League game in Tel Aviv.

Did Moses’ prophetic vision let him see Ari pitching from the mound in the sovereign State of Israel?

About the Author
Mel Alexenberg is an artist, educator, writer, and blogger working at the interface between art, technology, Jewish thought, and living the Zionist miracle in Israel. He is the author of "Through a Bible Lens: Biblical Insights for Smartphone Photography and Social Media," "The Future of Art in a Postdigital Age: From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness," and "Dialogic Art in a Digital World: Judaism and Contemporary Art" in Hebrew. He was professor at Columbia, Bar-Ilan and Ariel universities and research fellow at MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies. His artworks are in the collections of more than forty museums worldwide. He lives in Ra’anana, Israel, with his wife artist Miriam Benjamin.