|Bringing God into – My Clothes
By Aryeh Ben David
It took 100,000 people to get me dressed this morning.
My sneakers were made in China, my cotton shirt in Indonesia, my pants are from Vietnam and my Timberland vest was made in El Salvador. How many people were involved in the designing, the growing, the making, the marketing, the transportation, and the selling? At least 100,000.
I basically wear the same thing everyday. Dark pants and a blue shirt. Nine months of the year I wear the same sandals. I am pretty boring. As my kids lovingly say to me: “Abba – Imma is cool, you’re a nerd.” And they’re right.
Nevertheless, even when I am racing to get dressed in the morning, putting on my nerdy clothes, sometimes there is a moment of deep awareness.
Is God in that moment?
In Kabbalistic tradition it says that God originally dressed us in “clothes of light” in the Garden of Eden. Clothes that shed the person’s inner light on others and evoked a spiritual response.
Do my clothes do that today?
I doubt it. They probably don’t evoke much of a response at all.
I am awed by people who think about what they wear and whose clothes do convey a deeper or spiritual presence. Somehow their clothes actually reflect their inner selves. Somewhere in their wardrobe is this hidden light from the Garden of Eden.
For now, for me, finding God in my clothes is not so much about evoking responses from other people, as evoking a response from within me. Am I at least aware of what is happening at this moment? Who was involved in bringing this about? Can my clothes become a vehicle for greater appreciation, for a connection with a countless number of people who I will never see and whose names I will never know? This moment of appreciation connects me to what a diverse and interconnected world God created and how privileged I am to experience it.
100,000 people from China, Indonesia, Vietnam and El Salvador the United States and Israel helped me get dressed this morning.
Thank you. Thanks to each of you.
- What do you think about when you get dressed?
- To what extent is your clothing expressing who you are internally, as opposed to just accentuating and decorating your external being?
- What do you think someone looking at your wardrobe would think about you?