jewish environmentalism and tu b'sh'vat

a thought regard­ing the his­to­ry of Jew­ish envi­ron­men­tal­ism

In Jan­u­ary of 1970 I need­ed to make (what for me then was) a sig­nif­i­cant per­son­al deci­sion. I was born on Jan­u­ary 22 on the Gre­go­ri­an cal­en­dar. How­ev­er, the year I was born, that date cor­re­spond­ed with Rosh Jodesh Sh’­vat. I noticed then, that in 1970 Jan­u­ary 22 would coin­cide with Tu b’Sh’­vat. […]

#blogelul : return

arise return

the month of elul begins once again

return

Hosea 14:2:
שׁוּבָה, יִשְׂרָאֵל, עַד, יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ: כִּי כָשַׁלְתָּ, בַּעֲו‍ֹנֶךָ.

I return to this writ­ing, that I have not vis­it­ed since ear­ly March, short­ly before Pesach.

I have been many places, but now is the time for return.

As she did in antic­i­pa­tion of Pesach, my col­league of unimag­in­able strength, Phyl­lis […]

#blogexodus : future (tweet #torah at sinai)

aim­ing toward the future

How do I long for Your pres­ence? Let me count the days:

הִנְנִי מוּכָן וּמְזוֻמָּן לְקַיֵּם מִצְוַת עֲשֵׂה שֶׁל סְפִירַת הָעֹמֶר.

Hin’ni muchan um’zuman l’kayem mitz­vat aseh shal s’firat ha’Omer.

I am ready to move from free­dom to respon­si­bil­i­ty, as I count the Omer days.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵנוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ עַל […]

#blogexodus : questions

the four ques­tions

Our peo­ple has lived all over this earth. Wher­ev­er we go, we ask ques­tions. These are some of our most famous ques­tions, expressed in a grow­ing vari­ety of lan­guages.

The youngest able recites:

Hebrew

מַה נִּשְׁתַּנָּה הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה מִכָּל–הַלֵּילוֹת
שֶׁבְּכָל–הַלֵּילוֹת אָנוּ אוֹכְלִין חָמֵץ וּמַצָּה; הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה כֻּלּוֹ מַצָּה
שֶׁבְּכָל–הַלֵּילוֹת אָנוּ אוֹכְלִין שְׁאָר יְרָקוֹת; הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה כֻּלּוֹ מָרוֹר
שֶׁבְּכָל–הַלֵּילוֹת אֵין […]

#blogexodus : numbers

the num­bers’ game

The chil­dren played by the shore, allow­ing the ball to bounce light­ly on their fin­ger tips before they popped it over to the oth­er side of the line. Now and then one of them dove into the sand try­ing to keep the ball from bounc­ing on the ground. Judy […]

#blogexodus : spring (karpas)

כרפס | karpas | eat the green veg­eta­bles

Dip sprigs of pars­ley in salt water and dis­trib­ute them to all present at the Seder table while read­ing the fol­low­ing para­graphs and singing the fol­low­ing songs.

My heart over­flows with joy! I final­ly see more day­light than dark­ness and a full moon glows tonight. Cel­e­brate with me the flow­er­ing of […]

#blogexodus : spring (springtime holidays)

prepa­ra­tions for pesach

Prepa­ra­tions for Pesach could begin as ear­ly as Tu b’Shvat. Some peo­ple have prac­ticed grow­ing their own pars­ley for their seders begin­ning by plant­i­ng seeds at the “birth­day of the trees.” The tim­ing is about right, but pars­ley can be a bit fussy to start from seed. There may be oth­er plants that you […]

#blogexodus : plagues (a word search puzzle)

make room in your haggadah/seder for the younger peo­ple:

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[…]

#blogexodus : (the cup of) redemption

the sec­ond cup — the cup of redemp­tion — כוס גאולה

Think of each cup of wine as a toast to the gen­er­a­tions of our peo­ple who com­mit­ted them­selves to the strug­gle for lib­er­a­tion in their own day.

With the sec­ond cup of wine we recall the sec­ond promise, the sec­ond stage, of our redemp­tion, the actu­al res­cue […]

#blogexodus : freedom — braiding three strands

a braid of three strands

There are many pos­si­ble modes for under­stand­ing the events retold in the Pesach Hag­gadah.

Of these, three are braid­ed togeth­er so that, if we con­cen­trate exclu­sive­ly on any one of them, we dimin­ish the spe­cial qual­i­ties of the entire sto­ry.

By par­tic­i­pat­ing in the sym­bol­ic actions built into the order of the Seder,
we […]