What is The Lamed -Vav Project?
"And in this life-creative adventure the criterion of achievement will be, as in every one of the tales here reviewed, the courage to let go the past, with its truths, its goals, its dogmas of 'meaning', and its gifts: to die to the world and to come to birth from within." - Joseph Campbell
The renowned mythologist, Joseph Campbell, felt that myths and legends throughout human history hold great wisdom and insight into the human adventure. He also felt that each story is a product of its time and place and that its meaning must be refreshed, remolded, and brought into a new light for each generation. That is why he consulted with George Lucas on the creation of the "Star Wars" saga.
There is an ancient legend of the Lamed-Vav, ordinary individuals who serve as the repository for God's compassion in the world. Through this deep, often unconscious, connection to the divine energy these everyday people work miraculous changes to the world through simple acts of kindness.
Created as a challenge to modern cynicism and the myth of narrow self-interest, Lable Braun has initiated The Lamed-Vav Project to re-shape ancient legends to modern purposes through simple stories and public discourse.
"And if you are not yourself a great exception, well then be a small one at least! and so you will foster on earth that holy fire from which genius may arise." - Friedrich Nietzsche
What if the entire universe depended on you for its existence? What if you had the power to be a major force for positive change in the lives of those around you? Have you ever felt that there was a different "you" inside your skin, one that had a greater role to play in the world than you do within the confines of your everyday life?
The reason that the Lamed-Vav legend has survived for two millenia is the notion that these are not the stars of their generation. Each member of the Lamed-Vav is an ordinary person performing simple acts of compassion. The Way of Goodness is not lit as clearly by a star far away in the sky as it is by millions of shining candles along the path. Anyone you know could be a Lamed-Vav. It could be you. Light your candle!