Caring for the environment, and tending G-d’s creation, the Earth, is a core value in Judaism. How do we instill in our little ones the practices that will help them live Green as they grow? Here are a few examples: Get your children to recycle, early: Place simple recycle bins in your childrens’ rooms. A box on the floor can be used to recycle paper. For recycle bins... read more.
Day Seven of Week 2 (14th day of Omer): Malchut in Gevurah by Susie Davidson Malchut is about dignity, and the final manifestation of the intended change. But it is also about sovereignty and authority, and if necessary, assessing if the recipients of such change are deserving and judging if they will utilize it wisely. It could only have been unimaginably difficult for G-d to ... read more.
Day Six of Week 2 (13th day of Omer): Yesod in Gevurah by Susie Davidson Yesod is about foundations, the base of support from which to enact these desired changes. And foundations are bonded together, which reflects Yesod's other attribute of bonding. With a firm foundation, a springboard that is also a grounded platform, we... read more.
Day Five of Week 2 (12th day of Omer): Hod in Gevurah by Susie Davidson Hod stands for humility and acknowledging limits. In concert with the restraint and discernment of Gevurah, you might want to lower those expectations. But don't, because Hod is also associated with splendor and glory. Sure, change can be difficult, and there is a certain comfort to ... read more.
Day Four of Week 2 (11th day of Omer): Netzach in Gevurah by Susie Davidson It all begins with ourselves. And Netzach signifies trusting in ourselves by summoning both strength and confidence (Gevurah) and facing challenges that can come from within. Thoughts or feelings can either inspire and empower ourselves, or stand in our own way. Netzach is associated with persevera... read more.
Day Three of Week 2 (10th day of Omer): Tiferet in Gevurah by Susie Davidson The aspects of Tiferet are harmony, compassion and mercy. "Tiferet is a blueprint for change, and how your plan for change takes into account the need for balance—both internally and with others.” (Chabad.org) In order for our desired change to manifest, we need reserves of Gevura... read more.
by Susie Davidson Day Two of Week 2 (9th day of Omer): Gevurah in Gevurah Focus, discipline, restraint, determination, careful measure - times two. This is steadfastness in the face of challenge. Michael Zank, who teaches biblical studies at Boston University's Department of Religion and is Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Stu... read more.
Tuesday April 22nd marked the 44th annual Earth Day! What will you do this year to protect our planet? Join the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (the RAC) in commemorating Earth Day with an online information session on how to successfully create a green “culture” in your congregation. How do we make our environmental efforts an integral part of the culture of our co... read more.
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.