The Rectangle and the Cross

Degel Yehudah is exactly opposite Degel Ephraim, likewise Degel Reuven and Degel Dan. That is to say that each formation is completely exposed to the one facing it, creating a total awareness of the formation across from it. If this were limited to only two sides, we would have what Martin Buber called an I and Thou situation, or what Emmanuel Levinas referred to as a confrontation with the face of the other. But here is where it gets more interesting than either of these ideas. This interaction is crisscrossed by another interaction of the exact same nature. And apparently, this is critical. To read more at the Jewish Press…

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