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Day 3 | The Worlds Inside and Around You January | Shevat Nature in the Pandemic “When the Blessed Holy One created the first human, He took him and led him round all the trees of the Garden of Eden and said to him: “Look at My works, how beautiful and praiseworthy they are! And […]

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Day 3 | The Worlds Inside and Around You January | Shevat Awareness and Awe: Trees in Community While we may be extremely aware of the beauty and contribution trees and forests have to our world, we tend to focus on the elements that are visible to us. But scientists have uncovered a fascinating network […]

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Day 3 | The Worlds Inside and Around You January | Shevat Prayer in Nature “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and G-d. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should […]

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Day 3 | The Worlds Inside and Around You January | Shevat The Soul of Every Living Being Sings Praise: A Coloring Meditation The Shabbat morning liturgy includes the Nishmat prayer, which describes how every living soul and being sings the praises of G-d. Not only are we, the human creations, in awe of creation, […]

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Day 3 | The Worlds Inside and Around You January | Shevat Balance in Nature Tu B’Shevat is coming, and it marks what is often referred to as “The Jewish New Year for Trees.” It separates one year from the next for certain Torah laws related to trees and their fruit. We celebrate this holiday […]

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Day 3 | The Worlds Inside and Around You January | Shevat Tu B’Shevat Seder of Gratitude: The Seven Species Next week, we celebrate the holiday of Tu B’Shevat, which is known as the new year for the trees. There is a kabbalistic tradition to mark this holiday with a ceremonial meal, a Seder (similar […]

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Day 2 | The Worlds Inside and Around You January | Shevat The Gift of Sleep & Renewal In order to be grateful for waking, we need to have received the gift of sleep. Sleep is a built-in process of renewal; it not only gives us the energy to get through the next day, but […]

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Day 2 | The Worlds Inside and Around You January | Shevat Hashkiveinu, a Prayer for Sleep One of the prayers that follows the daily evening recital of the Shema is Hashkiveinu. In this blessing we ask G-d to serve as a guide and shelter during the upcoming night and praise G-d for watching over […]

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Day 2 | The Worlds Inside and Around You January | Shevat Bringing People In Each morning when we wake up, today’s blessing reminds us to be grateful for the opportunity to open our eyes and live another day. When we use our eyes to look out, it’s easy to see those who are physically […]

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Day 2 | The Worlds Inside and Around You January | Shevat Individual Gratitude, Communal Responsibility Today is the 26th annual MLK Day of Service. Dr. King’s moral leadership continues to resonate today on topics of racial justice and poverty. His legacy of action and learning, organizing and advocacy, and love for humankind lives on […]