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Our 2017 (5777) Collection of Earth Etudes for Elul

Introduction by Susan Levine~

Elul is the month before Rosh Hashanah, a time when we review our lives and think about how we will live the coming year. And during Elul this year, we have seen three category 4 hurricanes (Harvey, Irma, and Maria) wreak havoc in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and several other Caribbean islands. The scientists have blamed increased ocean temperatures for the high winds and rising floodwaters. What other evidence do we need to believe that climate change is real? Our earth etudes actually connect our earth with the spirit of Judaism–Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.

We would like to thank Rabbi Katy Z. Allen for bringing together these awe-inspiring contributors, whose essays, poems and thoughts help us understand the meaning of our lives and how we can repair our world. 


Etude Elul 1 by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen: Alarm Clock for the Soul. Read more…

Etude Elul 2 by Hazzan Shoshana Brown: From the Perspective of the 9th of Av, 5777. Read more…

Etude Elul 3 by Rabbi Robin Damsky: One Natural World. Read more…

Etude Elul 4 by Rabbi Judy Kummer: Saying farewell with each breath, starting anew. Read more…

Etude Elul 5 by Thea Iberall, Ph.D.:  Where Are We Going? Read more…

Etude Elul 6 by Rabbi Natan Margalit, Ph.D.: Looking to the Sky, Remembering Our Ideals. Read more…

Etude Elul 7 by Judith Felsen, Ph.D.: Our Last Elul? Read more…

Etude Elul 8 by Rabbi Dorit Edut: Where Are We Now? Read more…

Etude Elul 9 by Rabbi Steve Altarescu: Natural Awe and Artistic Representations. Read more…

Etude Elul 10 by Joan Rachlin: I Can Do Something. Read more…

Etude Elul 11 by Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin: The Shemittah Cycle. Read more…

Etude Elul 12 by Rabbi Michael Cohen: Returning to Diversity. Read more…

Etude Elul 13 by Nicci Meadow: Displaced Trash. Read more…

Etude Elul 14 by Tali Anisfeld: Time to Rest. Read more…

Etude Elul 15 by Scott Lewis, Ph.D.: Wasting Food. Read more…

Etude Elul 16 by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen: Ram in the Bushes. Read more…

Etude Elul 17 by Rabbi Ziona Zelazo: Spiritual Charity and the Tale of Two Seas. Read more…

Etude Elul 18 by Rachel Aronson: Searching for the Tree of Heaven. Read more…

Etude Elul 19 by Rabbi David Jaffe: Keeping Agreements as a Spiritual Practice. Read more…

Etude Elul 20 by Mirele B. Goldsmith, Ph.D.: In the Hands of Billionaires. Read more…

Etude Elul 21 by Judith Felsen, Ph.D. : Eco-Kaddish. Read more…

Etude Elul 22 by Maggid David Arfa: The Wonder of Life. Read more…

Etude Elul 23 by Andy Oram: Collective Versus Personal Action in the Jewish Bible. Read more…

Etude Elul 24 by Carol Reiman: Water Down the Wall. Read more…

Etude Elul 25 by Maxine Lyons: Practicing Teshuvah. Read more…

Etude Elul 26 by Rabbi David Seidenberg: Three Levels of Holiness. Read more…

Etude Elul 27 by Rabbi Lawrence Troster: Re-Connecting to the Land. Read more…

Etude Elul 28 by Thea Iberall, Ph.D.: Another Blue Day. Read more…

Etude Elul 29 by Molly Bajgot: Farmers of Our Souls. Read more…


Elul: A Time to Start Shifting Our Imperiled Planet onto a Sustainable Path~By Richard Schwartz, Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

Member since 2014
Susan Levine is Aytzim's volunteer and intern coordinator. She enjoys being part of an international team working to green Israel. Susan holds a master's degree in education. She also has experience in graphic design and is our social media coordinator.
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