This week we welcome Susie Davidson as she writes about Gevurah in the context of agriculture, intrinsic to the human relationship with the Earth. Susie is a poet, journalist, author, and filmmaker who writes regularly for the Jewish Advocate, the Jewish Daily Forward, the Cambridge Chronicle and other media. She has also contributed to the Boston Sunday Globe, the ... read more.
by Rabbi Judy Weiss Malkut: majestic dignity and unity of all with loyalty Talmud Sotah 30b: How did all Israel know the words to the song? When the Israelites ascended from the Red Sea, they desired to sing a song (Exodus 15:1). How did they sing it? Like an adult who reads the Hall... read more.
by Rabbi Judy Weiss Y’sod: loyalty stemming from connection and communication Midrash: Rabbi Yohanan once asked his students to describe the appearance of the walls of the Red Sea when the waters parted for the children of Israel to cross. When none could do so, Rabbi Yohanan described them as resembling a window lattice. Then, al... read more.
by Rabbi Judy Weiss Hod: loyalty based in gratitude and humility Talmudic Midrash: Megillah 10b The ministering angels wanted to chant their hymns of praise and rejoice when Israel finished crossing the sea, but the Holy One said “The work of my hands is being drowned in the sea, and shall you chant hymns? &n... read more.
Netzach: endurance and decisiveness generating loyalty Midrash: Mekhilta de Rabbi Yishmael (translation by David Stern, JPS publication, 1993, pp 155-156) When the Israelites stood at the sea, one said: “I do not want to go down to the sea first,” and the other also said: “I do not want to go down to the sea first,” as it is said (Hosea ... read more.
by Rabbi Judy Weiss Tiferet: compassion, beauty, and balance to achieve loyalty According to early interpreters of the Bible, the splitting of the Red Sea involved more than one miracle. Midrash: Legends of the Jews 3:22 "The dividing of the sea was but the first of ten miracles connected with the passage o... read more.
by Rabbi Judy Weiss Gevurah: strength and courage in service of loyalty Midrash: Genesis Rabbah 5:6 At the beginning of creating the world, God decreed ‘Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together into one place.’ Whatever God brought to pass, is so humans will fear God (Ecclesiastes 3:14). Compare this to a country that ... read more.
by Rabbi Judy Weiss Chesed b'chesed: the purest form of loyalty The beginning of the Omer period is marked by mourning customs, born from innate human anxiety about springtime grain production: will food production provide enough to sustain us or will weather aberrations ruin our crops? Midrash: Exodus Rabbah 21:6 When Israel stood at the edge of the Red Sea terrified by the ... read more.
We are counting down the days to Passover, to our journey out of slavery and into freedom. And then, on the second night of Passover, we will begin counting in a serious way, we will begin counting the Omer. With the Counting of the Omer count seven weeks of seven days - 49 days - from crossing into freedom to receiving the Torah, from redemption to revelation, from Passove... read more.
Jewcology is proud to be a partner in the 20th Annual Teva Seminar on Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education! Monday, June 9 – Friday, June 13, 2014 at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center Join us for a week dedicated to renewing our relationship with the earth, gaining garden education skills, and studying eco-Torah. The Teva Seminar is the premie... read more.