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In Breisheet, also known as Genesis, we learn about the creation of the world among other things.   Regardless of how you see the Torah, there are amazing teachings for each of us to consider from both the written words and the white space between the words.  As the fireworks of creation begin, it is hard not to notice how evolution often occurs with a spark, a moment of enlightenment.

IN THE beginning G-d created the heaven and the earth.  Now the earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of G-d hovered over the face of the waters.  And G-d said: ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light.  And G-d saw the light, that it was good. . . Genesis 1:1-4

Making things happen takes a light or spark.  Unless you ignite a spark, nothingness will remain.  Silence or quiet lead to nothingness.  If you want to make a difference, you have to be willing to cause some sparks to fly.

Climbing towards the beach -Topsail, NC  Photo courtesy of Wendy Harris Delson

Climbing towards the beach -Topsail, NC
Photo courtesy of:                 Wendy Harris Delson

Climbing the steps to inspire change takes a strong belief and some very hard work.  A beautiful vision with a whole lot of perseverance is the only way to make a difference.

In the last few months, I have been struggling with my own personal demons as well as the world around me.   The work has been intense and has forced me to alter some of my connections and grow some new connections.  There are times when I have chosen to sit quietly feeling lost as opposed to opening the doors that surround me in search of solutions to whatever challenges confront me.  While I am always working on myself and reflecting on ways for me to personally grow, now I am realizing that I need to get back to my grassroots way of making a difference in the world outside of my little universe.   I need to be be more of a light or a spark.

Tonight as I listened to Congressman John Lewis speak at the JStreet Conference in Washington, DC., I realized that I have been way too passive since moving to Tucson a year ago.  There are issues to tackle and sparks to ignite locally, nationally, and in the greater world.  Unless I choose to embrace these issues more fully, I am not living with personally integrity.

This journey did not begin tonight. Over the past months, I have begun what I am referring to as the Dance of Emergence.  I have been finding my voice and growing more comfortable with my surroundings in Arizona.  While I have always been a little crunchy or alternative, coming to Tucson made me feel out of my element personally, professionally, and politically.  Leaving DC and the community I loved working with took away my roots.  Instead of planting new roots, I became still and silent in every area of my life.

When Congressman John Lewis said, “You have the power to be the headlights and not taillights.  You can do it.”  I realized that I had to start igniting the world with the beliefs, energy, and love I have.  Silence speaks louder than words and silence leads nowhere.  With silence, change is not possible.

Tonight, I am ready to continue my Dance of Emergence with determination and action.  I am ready to let the sparks fly.  Over the coming weeks, I will share some of the issues that have been filling my thoughts.   I will begin to share my heart more fully as I actively seek how to take the necessary steps to make our world a better place.

Hineini, Here I am!

P.S. – Some of my issues will include:

  1. Israel/Palestine – 2 state solution
  2. fair-trade chocolate and the chocolate Industry
  3. gun control
  4. child advocacy
  5. Jewish education
  6. environmental consciousness
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