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Tonight we counted Day 38 of the Omer, which is 5 weeks and three days of the counting. Day 38 is referred to as Tiferet sheh b’Yesod, Beauty within Foundation.

Have you ever noticed how perfect flowers are in their own environment? They always look at home within the soil and their surroundings. Their beauty always takes my breath away; they seem to always belong exactly where they are at any moment.

Monkey Flowers Photo courtesy of Gary Tenen

Monkey Flowers
Photo courtesy of Gary Tenen

With each step, I pray for the ability to blend into my surroundings exactly as I am.  For so many years of my life, I was trapped in a body that was never home.  Over time I have slowly allowed my true soul to shine as I am.  Mostly I think of myself as a wildflower or maybe a weed trailing in every direction.  I love weeds.  Some people want to reign in their beauty or kill them, but in the end of the day, weeds running wild signify life.  Sounds like pure ecstasy for me, life.

May each of us find the beauty within ourselves wherever we are planted.

 

 

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Partnership

Awareness

Interconnectedness

Responsibility

Photo courtesy of
Wendy Harris Delson
Alcatraz

With Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for the Trees, coming, I wanted to have our Religious School community reflect on what being an integral part of the bigger picture could mean for each of us when we talk about the environment and all interconnected relationships. So, I taught them about the acronym PAIR.

Partnership

Remember that we are part of many different partnerships within life.  We are part of our families, our Temple, our schools, our community, Israel, the world.

Awareness

Within those partnerships we have to be aware of what is going on in the world around us.

 

Interconnectedness

The interconnectedness means that we are in a relationship not only with one another, but also with the land, the skies, and everything related to our environment.

 

Responsibility

Knowing that we are all interconnected means we have a HUGE responsibility to honor the interconnectedness of life by taking responsibility for the environment that we live.  This means that it is incumbent upon us to consider our actions within all relationships.  On a daily basis we interact with not only people, but with the environment around us.

Reflection:

There is a beauty in watching the children as they grow to realize that they are part of a larger picture.  This knowledge has the ability to impact how we walk in the world.  Each of our children, just like each human being has the ability to make a difference by walking gently and remembering the bigger picture.

While we often think it is ‘all about me’, it isn’t; we are part of a bigger world and we have to do our part to make this world, our environment, the best that it can be.  If we all work together, we can each do our part to impact our world for good.  PAIR is only one tool to help us remember our place and then inspire us in how we move forward and then ultimately how we engage with our bigger environment.

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