Shabbat Inspirations – September 17

I love the way the Jewish Volunteer Gardening Brigade brings Jewish themes into its work.

These inspirational Shabbat words sent out each week are truly meaningful, and very needed right now. Often, these messages have brought out deep discussion about Torah and Talmud that I’ve had with other Brigade members.

As citizens and as Jews, we have the intention to do good, but often it is difficult to go solo in following that intention. The Brigade scheduled various outings to help at food pantries and gleaners’ events. Working with others brings a feeling of community, and gratitude ensues. It’s a truly healthy way to live.

Thank you.

A unique aspect of the Brigade is the mentor/mentee relationship. Each pairing brings out spirit, confidence and curiosity in both parties. The garden visits during which these accomplishments are shared—and where the novice can become the teacher—are a thing of beauty. Similarly, when a passerby stops to inquire about a flower, or to taste a new type of produce, we become ambassadors of community engagement.

Thank you.

The Brigade’s Online Forum sessions have been educational to novice and expert alike. We explore what is going on now in the garden, or what to expect next. We get questions answered, or a link to deeper learning. The Forums satisfy an immediate need, while the sharing of experiences—whether successes or challenges—is good for the soul.

Thank you.

The Brigade’s Online Forum sessions have been educational to novice and expert alike. We explore what is going on now in the garden, or what to expect next. We get questions answered, or a link to deeper learning. The Forums satisfy an immediate need, while the sharing of experiences—whether successes or challenges—is good for the soul.

Thank you.

Likewise, the many garden visits and the plant/seed sale have brought people together. It is heartwarming to mingle among those of kindred spirit who believe that the garden is a place where not only sustenance is provided, but also where tikkun olam can begin. Where engagement with others takes place, and with the natural world, understanding and respect are more likely to follow.

Thank you, Jewish Volunteer Gardening Brigade.