Saturday, January 19, 2008
As we travel on our path through life, we all know that we have a job to do, a responsibility for something. What is it? What is our calling? What is the task that consumes our days on earth?
Rabbi Tarfon taught: It is not our job to complete the task, but neither are we free to abstain from it.
Our world is in pain. War, famine, plague, suffering, destruction.... where to start? Does my little corner make a difference? Does it matter if I change a bulb, carry a bag, bring my lunch, skip a water bottle....reuse, reduce, recycle? Dare I think that I and my fellow travellers on Spaceship Earth really can make a difference?
Ah...but I do believe we can. I do believe that one who saves a life saves a world. I do believe that each act we take can make a difference, and I do believe that we matter to each other as well. It's not just me changing a bulb, carrying a bag, bringing a lunch but it's all of us, together.
Let's start today.
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In honor of Tu B'Shevat (the Birthday of the Trees) and the commitment to the earth that the holiday brings with it (read more here and here), I am so excited that PopJudaica has offered to give a Tu B'Shevat Garden to one of my lucky readers!!! PopJudaica is a fun and slightly irreverent shop devoted to creative and downright cool Judaica. In fact, they're having a Tu B'Shevat party of their own so just mosey over there to see the whole Green Collection, with proceeds from these products going to Hazon, an organization whose mission it is to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community.
How can you win?
1. Make a comment here or Friday's Tu B'Shevat posts. What kinds of things do you plant? How are you "going green"? This is your entry! You can enter each day - once per day. Come back and visit all week for this and other giveaways.
2. For an extra entry, post on your blog or tell a friend about this giveaway and PopJudaica and link back to me.
Use my button:
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3. Don't forget to give me a way to get in touch with you if you win!
4. This giveaway ends on Sunday, January 20th at 9pm Central Time. Winner will be announced Monday morning, along with the next Tu B'Shevat Birthday Giveaway!
Come back all week for the Tu B'Shevat Birthday Party and more green green green....re-use a bag, hug a tree, plant a flower!
My Previous Tu B'Shevat Party Posts:
Go Vegetarian and be green?
For the Love of the Trees
Facts About Trees
Tu B'Shevat Haiku