Heritage: Civilization and the Jews (1984) —
HERITAGE: CIVILIZATION AND THE JEWS (1984) — 1. A PEOPLE IS BORN
with ABBA EBAN
Winner of the coveted Peabody Award, HERITAGE: CIVILIZATION AND THE JEWS is the monumental nine-part series spanning three millennia of Jewish history and culture. The series is hosted by former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Abba Eban, who describes it as “a celebration of our common humanistic and moral heritage, explored through the mysteries of preservation, renewal, and resonance of the Jewish people.” From the stony heights of Sinai to the shores of the Dead Sea, from a Greek amphitheater in Delphi to the Forum of ancient Rome, out of the ashes of concentration camps to the rebuilt cities and villages of Israel, “Heritage” brings to life the long and complex history of the Jews and their centuries-old interaction with the rest of Western civilization.
1. A PEOPLE IS BORN (3100 — 586 B.C.E.)
In the experience of exile the vision of the early Israelites was transformed, and the Jewish people was born. In Jewish tradition, the emergence from Egypt has been celebrated by generation after generation in the springtime holiday of Passover, a festival of liberation as passionately observed as any nation’s independence day. Through liberation the exiles saw the hand of a universal God. All the world’s nations were linked in a common destiny, but bound together by a moral law with inescapable consequences.
Hosted and Narrated by ABBA EBAN
Produced and Directed by EUGENE MARNER
Telescript by JOHN SHARNIK
Story by MARC SIEGEL
Music Composed and Conducted by JOHN DUFFY
Film Editor and Co-Producer MILTON MOSES GINSBERG
Series Producer JOHN G. FOX
Executive Producers ARNOLD LABATON and MARC SIEGEL
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Posted: 07 Feb 2014 07:13 AM PST
Here’s the short teaching I offered during our meditation minyan at my shul today. (Cross-posted to my From the Rabbi blog.)
What marinade is your mind soaking in today?
Is it a marinade of resentment? She told me she would do that thing, and then she didn’t, and now I feel betrayed.
Is it a marinade of anger? On the radio I heard someone from the political party with which I disagree, and now my blood is boiling.
Or is it a marinade of gratitude, of wonder, of readiness to serve in whatever ways the world will call forth today?
We all have recourse to all of these ingredients. Breathe in; and hold it for a moment; and as you exhale, wash the negativity away. Rinse the tofu clean. Once again it becomes plain, ready to take on the flavor of whatever marinade you choose.
As we pray in the morning liturgy: Elohai neshama shenatata bi, tehora hee — “My God, the soul that You have given me is pure!” Every morning we awake to a clean soul — a blank slate — a mind like tofu, ready to take on whatever flavors we steep it in.
Modah ani l’fanecha: I am grateful before You.
Mah norah hamakom hazeh: what a wonder, what a miracle, is this very place, this very moment.
Hineni: Here I am, ready to serve.