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Blank

My first thought of blank is empty. I am not sure if empty is a negative thing, although that is what I first think of. It is the lack of fullness. It not being used or being useful. It is in some ways nothingness.

But then it can be the opposite. It can be the opportunity to be filled. The opportunity to change and be molded. It can be the opportunity to be moved or change, as something that is full is usually much heavier than something that is empty.

There is a lot of potential that comes with a blank slate. All opportunities are there for you to try, and there aren’t any preconceived notions to hold you back.

I think to an idea of what was in the Holy of Holies. Just a room with the aron. That is it. There is a blank space that anything could happen, but it is also the holiest of places. What is holy in the place space of it being blank? Why specifically there?

I read an article once that said when the Mona Lisa was stolen, there were more people who came to see a blank and empty wall of the missing Mona Lisa than who came to see the space when the Mona Lisa was there.

What is it about a blank space that draws people into it? What are we looking for or hoping for? Why does it have to come from this word that both has such negative associations but at the same time a word that brings about ideas of renewal and change?

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I am prone to overthinking and not to sharing. I decided to start writing and see what happens. So here are some stories and life situations (sometimes words of Torah) of a 30 something single woman, who happens to be a rabbi (received ordination in 2017- so there are posts of what that experience was like), will be working as a chaplain (and worked for years with older adults), is regularly asked what city she is located in (started the blog while living in Israel, found herself working in Australia, and will be in New York for at least a year), and is just trying to figure out her place in the world.

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