Hanukkah gives us a chance to re-center. To ground ourselves in the lessons of the Torah, which reminds us of the enduring story of resilience and optimism.

Tikkun Olam In The Time Of COVID-19 (Horizon) – “In Judaism, we’re told that our most urgent calling in this life is to serve – that each of us is obligated to do everything in our power to right wrongs and heal the world, or, Tikkun Olam. It’s a pretty tall order. And I’m the first to admit that healing the world often falls to the bottom of the list when you have family obligations, work to take care of, and dishes to wash. But Hanukkah gives us a chance to re-center. To ground ourselves in the lessons of the Torah, which reminds us of the enduring story of resilience and optimism.” 

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Also recommended – A Robin Wall Kimmerer lecture on reciprocity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wisxnOgOlFo in this period before Thanksgiving or this shorter one that contains her telling of  the story of Sky Woman Falling What Does Nature ask of. us? at the beginning of a class and ask the students to read Genesis 1 and 2 in conjunction, and name the values conveyed in each story.

I also highly recommend her talk on the Emergence Magazine podcast (itself a complete treasure trove!)
https://emergencemagazine.org/story/corn-tastes-better/

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