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Day 41: Yesod b’Yesod

Yesod b’Yesod

by Rabbi Howard Cohen

[T]he human need of the Sabbath comes to parallel the need of wilderness: both are a gift, providing the possibility for humankind to share in the Creator’s enjoyment of the natural world. The environmental consequences of this vision are enormous, since enjoyment presupposes respect and care. Robert Barry Leal,Wilderness in the Bible: Toward a Theology of Wilderness

U’midbar matanah/From wilderness, a gift. –Numbers 21:18

Reflections / Contemplation:

What wilderness ‘gifts’ do I treasure?

What Shabbat ‘gifts’ do I treasure?

A Commitment for Inner / Outer Action:

This week I will give myself the gift of Shabbat/rest by turning off my electronic devices and spending time outside enjoying the season unfolding around me.

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Rabbi Katy Z. Allen is the founder and leader of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, a congregation without walls that meets outdoors all year long. She is the co-convener and President pro-tem of the Boston-area Jewish Climate Action Network, and the founder of the One Earth Collaborative, a program of Open Spirit in Framingham, MA.
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