Shanah Tovah

by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen


Such we are commanded each week.


Stop taking from the land!

Such we are commanded each seventh year.


Why bother stopping?

Perhaps to see.

Perhaps to notice.

Perhaps to discover if we care.

Stopping draws us in.

Opens us to new life.

Deepens us to death

Reveals to us G!dness.

Brings us home.

Shanah tovah!

Rabbi Katy Allen is the founder and rabbi of Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope, which holds services outdoors all year long, and the founder and President pro-tem of the Jewish Climate Action Network-MA. She is a board certified chaplain and a former hospital and hospice chaplain. She received her ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in  Yonkers, NY in 2005 and lives in Wayland, MA with her spouse, Gabi Mezger, who leads the singing at Ma’yan Tikvah.

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