OUR point of view is this: We believe that spirituality is defined individually, not universally. That money should never be a barrier to participation, but rather a personal expression of community. It’s a simple proposition. We didn’t invent it, we just believe it!
A colleague of mine just began a six-month sabbatical.
He began it by signing off from all social media and email. He is known for his astute use of Facebook and even Instagram and Twitter. Yet, he decided, that for his sabbatical, he needed a break. He need to step back from his usual way of communicating for a while. He is using his sabbatical to gain a different vantage point, and he hopes that by communicating differently, he’ll be able to find that new vista.
Similarly, I think, is the reason for the laws around this week’s Torah portion, which dictate a sabbatical for the earth, and the land in various forms. From a break in how we cultivate to the way it is managed, the sabbatical, or shmittah, is a serious effort in gaining clarity for the earth, and around the land.
Like my colleague’s sabbatical, to the earth and the land, we, too, need clarity. How do we gain it? Perhaps a simple clarifying exercise-a favorite of mine-can help. What happens when you ask yourself these questions:
What are you least proud of today? This week?
What were you most proud of today? This week?
What did you learn from these experiences?
Where did you experience a sense of holiness today? This week?
May these questions bring you increased clarity.
~Rabbi Allison Vann
How to Say “Yes, and” to Inclusion
We are so proud of the work that Rabbi Nyer continues to do to make inclusion a central component of our educational strategy. Congratulations Rabbi Nyer on the publication of your article “How to Say ‘Yes, and’” on the Union for Reform Judaism blog!
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