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Rabbi Michael Birnholz

Rabbi Michael Birnholz came to Temple Beth Shalom in Vero Beach, Florida in 2002. Our congregation of 200 families enjoys our Florida paradise and works to create a vibrant Jewish community. We have been using our garden to teach Jewish values and using Jewish values to take care of the Earth since 2008.

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Earth Etude for Elul 3: How will seeds of light and kindness grow?

by Rabbi Michael Birnholz It is an adventure to be a garden educator. For me, while I plant produce for food for my home table, I am also planting on my synagogue campus to use the garden to teach Jewish values and the Jewish values of taking care of the garden and appreciating nature. Like many gardeners, I do plan my beds and planting spaces. I have many copies of elaborate maps so the right plant gets into the right spot. However, like many ...

Earth Etude for Elul 28: The Falls and the Pebbles

by Rabbi Michael Birnholz It's not novel or unique.  Judaism is built on riding the energy of oscillations between values and experiences.  From every day to holiness or transcendence/ein sof to shechinah/immanence or sadness/tsuris to joy/simcha, we flow from one state of being or perspective, generating energy as we move. One of these oscillations takes us from the big picture to the small detail and back again.  We each have ...