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The Warehouse

The Warehouse

Stick Figure Vignette: Parshat Devarim

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The Warehouse: Stick Figure Vignette: Parshat Devarim

Two guys put away boxes in a giant warehouse. Sounds exciting, doesn't it?
Divine Providence, Devarim

A few firsts: This is the first stick figure vignette in, oh . . . a couple of years now. Woohoo! Next, it’s the first Parshah in the Book of Devarim. Yay! And the third first (is that a bank?)—this is the first stick figure vignette cowritten by myself and my good friend DovBer Naiditch (who will chime in after me).

Our first imagining of this cartoon was a couple of guys complaining about mundane problems, while they are being carried around on some other guys’ shoulders. And the bottom guys are swatting away bears with golf clubs. So, that conveys the idea of G‑d protecting us and taking care of us, even when we may not be aware of or appreciate it. Then I did some digging through chassidic teachings, and found some more insight on the verse. Basically, we get lifted up so we can lift up other things. So instead of the oblivious men being rescued from bear attacks, we began to imagine people with a job to do, things to put into their proper places. I like that image of Jews better. And I like how that guy wobbles when he gets walked across the warehouse. I don’t understand the stacked cars, though. That may just be for laughs. Or not. Here’s DovBer . . .

-Dovid

This was a really fun vignette to write, and I honestly feel privileged to come on board with these. Dovid and I sat on it, and we had more than one script change and even theme change before we got to the end. I still liked the one with the bears, but I’m really happy how this turned out. I like the idea behind it too. That in everything we do, we get lifted up. All of our actions depend on an equal and initial action from G‑d lifting us up. I imagine a giant Chinese finger trap, with G‑d’s metaphorical finger on the one side and ours on the other. I’m not sure why that image came to me, but this is why Dovid does the heavy lifting. I guess the point is we kind of go about our lives without thinking about that. That G‑d is constantly lifting us. Maybe that’s why the traffic scene at the end is so important, because it shows that even in our irritated and bored times, there is G‑d, stuck in a mess with us. I think this should make us happy if we really think about it.

-DovBer

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sue Kanata, ON July 31, 2012

to ND, London I am also in the arts, and I need to tell you that the working people stacked on each other is figurative. Perhaps you don't translate an abstraction, but how on earth do you read road maps?
Back to the point- there are many cockamamie productions in industry, where the owner has made feeble stop gap solutions, which bore and disable both the employees and the businesses. The silliness of the cartoon symbolizes these "jerry rigged, if you like" miserly business moves, and the misery of working people forced to offer their idea of enterprise. All you need to do is to imagine that humanpower HAS to effect a tool to understand that, in such a dilemma we may find comfort in the idea that there is still proviso from that LOVE of all time. Reply

Anonymous Solon, OH July 27, 2012

Funiest This is so funny. Reply

ND london, UK July 27, 2012

Sorry... ...but I think this misses the point.

G-d "carrying" us, means He is protecting us constantly and giving us all our needs.... these guys are being "carried" because they don't have a ladder to do their job! Reply

Anonymous Johannesberg, South Africa July 25, 2012

yay So glad you've started these again.
Looking forward to next weeks. Reply

Anonymous Brooklyn, NY July 25, 2012

Inventory Reminds me how depressed I was when I did inventory in my retail cell phone job. Reply

Y.R. Brooklyn, N.Y July 24, 2012

Really Cute! I missed these and hope you do more! Reply

Gabriela July 23, 2012

Love it!! It reached my soul! Thanks Reply

Chana London, Select State July 23, 2012

Vignettes are back! thanks for these vignettes. I missed them Reply

Issac July 18, 2012

Explanation Thanks for restarting the series! But where is the explanation? Reply