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The Holiness of Glass Blowing – Part 2 –Two Cups: The Broken and The Whole©

The Holiness of Glass Blowing – Part 2 –Two Cups:  The Broken and The Whole© Yom Kippur Day, 5776/2015 Rabbi David Baum
Last night, I told you the story about the glass cup I created, well, now’s the time for you to see it, but here’s the thing – there’s two of them.

Confused?Let me explain.When one makes something out of steel, you finish the product by dipping it into water so it cools.But you can’t do that with glass.After it becomes formed, you have to take the glass and put it in a special vessel where it is gradually cooled over 6 – 10 hours.This is necessary because if you cool it too quickly, the glass will shatter, but if you put it in a hot place, the glass can melt.
The next morning after I made my beautiful glass cup, I was expecting to have my creation in my hand, ready to show off to my friends.I went to the glass blower and asked him when I could pick it up.He looked at me and said, “Well, we had a problem – your glass cup was great, truly it was.The problem is, there’s a …

The Holiness of Glass Blowing – Part 1 –Be Alone, Be Powerful, Be Shaped©

The Holiness of Glass Blowing – Part 1 –Be Alone, Be Powerful, Be Shaped© Rabbi David Baum, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh Kol Nidre 5776/2015
This is the holiest night of the year, and so the question I’m about to ask to begin my sermon tonight may seem strange....but have you ever made anything out of glass?
I want to tell you about an experience I had this summer, when I, a very inartistic person, made something out of glass that I now place in my cabinet along with all our family’s Judaica – our kiddish cups, our candle sticks, our challah and seder plates, and our havdallah sets.
This summer, while I was at Camp Ramah Darom[1], I had the chance to learn how to blow glass. Let me set the scene for you that day.It was a hot and humid day in North Georgia, and I had just 29 minutes with a man who stood in front a fiery furnace.The man looked at me, and gave me a long metal tube, and said to me, “I’m going to need you to listen carefully to what I’m about to tell you.What you are about to …