Mel Alexenberg
Mel Alexenberg
Author of "Through a Bible Lens"

Blogart countdown to the Bible’s beginning: Moses’ vision of baseball in Tel Aviv


Did Moses’ vision from Mt. Nebo let him see my son Ari pitching in Tel Aviv?

The annual cycle of weekly Bible readings from a Torah scroll comes to an end in four weeks.  The scroll is then rewound to the beginning and begins anew with the reading of Genesis on October 29, 2016.

This post creatively discusses the biblical portion “When you come” (Ki Tavo) read on Shabbat, September 24th.  It relates to the 9/11 Islamist terrorist attack on USA, the Cybersight project exploring the common visual desires of blind people worldwide, my jerUSAlem-USA blogart project exploring the 20 places in USA named Jerusalem, and my son the professional baseball player in Israel.

Use the next four weeks to begin at the beginning by learning how to create your own blog that transforms your everyday activities into spiritual events. You are invited to create a spiritual blog of your life for dissemination worldwide through the blogosphere and twitterverse.

The interest of people of all faiths in the “Torah Tweets” blogart project that I created with my wife Miriam encouraged me to write an instruction manual to teach others how to Bible blog their lives.   It was published as the book Photograph God: Creating a Spiritual Blog of Your Life It explains how to create a personal blog by linking smartphone photography and social media to spirituality.


The photo above 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 the photographs for this week’s Torah portion at  Below are the tweets for this week’s Torah portion.

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 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 my JerUSAlem-USA blogart project and images from “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.
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