The E word
Tu Bshvat..Happy Birthday trees
Full of beautiful memories
On a fig.nose scrunched..turned head
Wishing God had chosen oranges instead
In honor of Tu Bshvat I will write about one of Frum Judiasms favorite topics..the Environment.
This is a topic I’ve always been attracted to and been concerned about.
I would love eating at peoples homes in Yeshiva and I’d bring up global warming and the melting arctic ice caps and watch my hosts react as if I just professed my faith in Jesus.
Why is it that we are so skeptical and unconcerned?
As believers in Hashem we should want to protect this beautiful planet.
There are a few reasons for this in my humble opinion
A. The fact that the environment is generally touted by the Left Wing we tend to say the environment in the same breath as abortion and gay marriage.
While that might be true, it is also true that the Right Wing gets most of it's support from the very industrialists that gain from all those pollution spewing factories.
However, as the evidence mounts even those in the Center and Right are coming around and realizing the disaster we face by indiscriminate pollution.
B. There have been some a few posts lately noting the fact that frum people are so afraid of dogs. I think it's part of a larger phenomenon. For reasons I won't discuss here, we have become an Uber Urban people, totally disconnected from land and nature.
We run from animals..screech at bugs...dash from one air conditioned bubble to another..home..car...pay gardners to plant matching petunias...
We've created this artificial existence and are completely disconnected from nature.
When was the last time you'’ve felt...
The sweet breeze coming in from an open window while you're in bed.
The feel of moist soil on your hands as you bury a sapling in the ground.
Picking fresh dill for your soup marveling at the miracle of growth.
Walked barefoot on a thick lawn of grass..
Filled a bird feeder and then watched as birds of yellow, red, blue come eat from your food..
The natural world is a concept..far removed from our reality and so it's hard to love something so abstract.
Ki HaAdam Etz Hasadah..
We are connected so profoundly with the world.
Our souls under the Kisei Hakavod encompass the entire natural world.
Our bodies are from the earth and will one day return...
There'’s not much one individual can do to effect the environment.
But the first step is awareness.
Being connected to this beautiful place we call earth.