Monday, June 04, 2007

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A Visit to Beit Terach

by Akiva at Mystical Paths

On a bit of a journey yesterday, I passed an 'import art goods' store and saw some lovely candle sticks in the window and thought they might make a nice upgrade for my wife's Shabbos candles. Stopping in, I saw a variety of oriental art type items for the home, vases, furniture, etc, and I searched deeper into the store for the candle stick / candelabra section. Passing into a new section, I was stunned for a moment to realize that I had stepped into the past. I had entered the House of Terach (father of Abraham).

Statues, idols, literally, dozens. From China, from India, from Egypt, from Africa. Small ones, pocket size, desktop size, large ones, from 4-8 feet tall. White, green, brown, silver, gold. Various depictions in stone and metal that people pray to in some parts of the world. I stood stunned for a moment, could such a place really exist today???

The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the product of human hands. They have a mouth but cannot speak. They have eyes, but cannot see, they have ears, but cannot hear. Nor is there breath in their mouth... - Tehillim 135

As I started to back out of this crowded place, with stone and wood and metal shaped by human hands into things that people pray to (and others consider art), an employee came over, threw his arm around a large brown and gold specimen, looked at me and said, "What, you don't want to buy her? We give a good discount today!" "Ahh, no, no thanks, no way...", I responded, and turned and fled.

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