Haven on Earth
When you have finished reading Haven on Earth - Shining If Finishing you might want to write your name inside and hand it on perhaps to a friend, perhaps to a new friend. Perhaps this book belongs to one's new challenge: reading this book in order to step by step walk beyond the book. In order to come to grasp the theme of this book prepare to read it and rethink it comprehensively, within and without.
For an improved clarity and openness I would like the reader to rest and settle. I would like to introduce to the reader a brief but meaningful word picture.
Try this exercise:
Picture a sunlit stairway to a door, a wall and a sky. Make it clear. Be at rest. Now open the vividness of the scene, its colours and its shapes. Begin to walk into your picture. Do so only as you become certain and clear about it's contents. Step nearer the door if you like. You might choose to open the door. However, to do so will only be relevant in the future. Wait! Let the picture evolve further before opening that door. A new stage to the creation of the picture: What can you see? What is possibly beyond the door? Do you see the wall? Where does it extend? What is it made of? The sky, do you have that clear? Can you tell the time of day, perhaps even the season from how much light there is and where it shines? Where now, are your imaginary people in this picture? Place people there too.
Where do we find the people when together we see the whole picture? When 'people' are among others as friends what can be seen together? What do we begin to see as we begin to communicate? As we learn to see each others points of view, extend a fullness of potential activity in the picture. With the help of a simple and proper conduct, personal and collective, perhaps gardening or perhaps dancing, perhaps story telling or learning or together building an aqueduct - you decide for yourself, cause to shine a measure of light into the picture.
Rest yet walk an inspiring journey in living Torah thought. Finally take down a warehouse of war heads, set up a store house teaching shalom.End
Set up a storehouse teaching shalom
'THEN MOSHE SET APART THREE CITIES ACROSS THE JORDAN TOWARDS THE SHINING OF A SUN RISE.' (DEVARI 4)
THESE REFUGE CITIES ARE TO BE MADE NOT AS SMALL STATION FORTS AND NOT AS LARGE WALLED CAPITALS BUT RATHER AVERAGE RURAL TOWNS.
THEY ARE TO INCLUDE: CLEAN WATER - MARKET - KEPT POPULATED AREAS AND NO SALE OF WEAPONS OR TRAPS.
RABBI YITZHAK ASKED WHAT IS THE VERSE FOR THESE LAWS? '... AND HE SHALL FLEE TO ONE OF THESE CITIES AND HE SHALL LIVE.' (DEVARIM 4) WHICH MEANS: PROVIDE ALL THAT HE NEEDS FOR LIVING.
A TANNA TAUGHT, WHEN A STUDENT IS SENT AWAY [TO A REFUGE CITY] HIS TEACHER IS SENT AWAY WITH HIM. BECAUSE IT SAYS, ... AND HE SHALL FLEE TO ONE OF THESE CITIES AND HE SHALL LIVE.WHICH MEANS: PROVIDE ALL THAT HE NEEDS FOR LIVING.' MAKKOT 10A.