Earth Etude for Elul 26 – Weeding Fields

by Judith Felsen, Ph.D.


There is much weeding needed

in the fields now overgrown by chemical abuse

and steadily polluted with our toxic waste.

Will we still meet amidst our tainted crops?

My King, I come to greet You with a glad and saddened heart,

my knees now bent and resting  on the lands we have destroyed.

With willing hands and humble heart I work on wounded lands

to bring teshuvah to our sullied soils

and restore the bounty we once knew.

I cannot seek for anything but Eden,

I cannot want for anything but Home.

Each piece of earth and drop of water now restored

with conscious care to purity,

gives hope that time will come

when we  converse in fields of heaven’s gifts

and not our devastation.


May this Elul harvest both our callouses of conservation and active prayers of restoration

as we farm Eden once again while gladly sharing  toils of teshuvah in our healing fields with You.


Judith Felsen, Ph.D. Copyright 2015


Earth Etudes for Elul are a project of Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope.
Judith Felsen holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, certificates in hypnotherapy, NLP, Eriksonian Hypnosis, and Sacred Plant Medicine. She is a dancer of sacred circle dance, an AMC kitchen crew, trail information volunteer, trail adopter, and daily student of Torah and Judaism. She is enrolled in Rabbinical Seminary International. She has studied Buddhism, A Course in Miracles, and other mystical traditions. She is a hiker, walker, runner, and lives in the White Mountains with her husband and two large dogs. Her life centers around her Jewish studies and daily application.

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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