Friday, January 22, 2016

Tu BiShvat 5776 - Cup 3, Fruit 3, Step 3

by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen
This is the third in a series of four posts for Tu BiShvat.

We next add a bit more red to our cups and move toward summer and Beriah. We eat fruits that are fully edible. We take a third step for the planet.

Beriah represents creation. We now acknowledge the fullness of creation, and all that comprises that mysterious process. The seeds of the fruits we eat, the bearers of potential, are edible.

Beriah symbolizes our ability to be wholly present to both the pain of climate change and our hope and determination for a better world. This is a time to hold and acknowledge paradox, to stand in the breach between all that is sacred and all that is profane. It is a time to acknowledge the facts of the climate crisis and also to be inspired by the myriad of innovative, effective community-led solutions and alternatives that promote a culture of global solidarity.

Rabbi Katy Allen is a board certified chaplain and serves as an Eco-Chaplain and the Facilitator of One Earth Collaborative, a program of Open Spirit. She is the founder and rabbi of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, which holds services outdoors all year long. She is the co-founder and President pro-tem of the Boston-based Jewish Climate Action Network, and a hospice chaplain. She received her ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in 2005. 

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