• Shabbat Inspirations July 16
    Tisha B’Av (9th of month of Av) begins this Saturday night. It commemorates the destruction of the 1st and 2nd temples in Jerusalem, and over the course of time, other forms of Jewish collective trauma and memory have also become incorporated into the day’s meaning such that it is recognized as a day of communal mourning. Some […]
  • Shabbat Inspirations July 9
    Awake in Awe and Appreciate- The Rooster at Dawn By Jeanie Gruber Tired from traveling I was awakened during what I thought was pitch darkness by what sounded like a rooster right below my “urban” window. At first I tried to ignore it, but its persistence kept me from falling back asleep. I was mildly […]
  • Shabbat Inspirations July 2
    July 1, 2021 was one year since we launched the Jewish Volunteer Gardening Brigade. In 2020 we said: “The JVGB aims to support and engage new gardeners. As we’ve seen gardens sprout up in our neighborhoods around greater Boston, we want to ensure these gardens are productive the entire growing season. Beyond the increased self-sufficiency of […]
  • Shabbat Inspirations June 25
    By Brad Baker The seed packet instructs to plant three inches apart in rows spaced one foot. Knowing each plant can produce six to ten fruits, I am salivating at the prospect of a huge pot of soup forthcoming just as the first frost occurs. But, alas, the garden seldom works out perfectly; the bugs […]
  • Shabbat Inspirations June 18
    By Julie Meyer Farmer Jake inspires me. I also like to move or act aimlessly in a garden and he was working but in a way that did not feel like work, more like being “in” the garden. And yet. He was in a garden worthy of getting lost in. We almost did. Three of […]