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Plant a Tree

For the past two weeks, we have asked that you reflect on events for which you are grateful and which you can point to as moments of resilience.  

This week, we ask that you go in a different direction, as we follow Hillel's directive:

"If I am not for me, who will be for me? And when I am for myself alone, what am I? And if not now, then when?" (Pirkei Avot 1:14)

We begin with the self and then go outward toward others.

We have to find a better way of living on this planet, of making it habitable, not just now, but for future generations. These past few weeks have seen fires happening all over the world. The smoke that came from the California fires reached all the way to Kansas City. It even affected the air in New York. It is a stark reminder that we are all in this together.

Thus, we invite you for the mitzvah for the week:  "As my forebears planted for me, so do I plant for my children.” (Babylonian Talmud, Ta‘anit 23a).  You are invited to plant a tree via JTree.

JTree is a collaborative campaign by a variety of Jewish organizations that share a commitment to addressing climate change.

Fri, August 19 2022 22 Av 5782