Friday, December 7, 2018

A Prayer for Miracles

from Dr. Mirele Goldsmith and Liz Galst

This week the COP24 UN climate talks have begun in Poland; they will continue until December 14th. The point of the talks is to iron out the rules of the most recent climate agreement. Here’s an article from the New York Times which explains it all.  

Consider adding this prayer to your Hannukah candlelighting or Shabbat dinner this week. 

Baruch atah Adonai, elohaynu melech ha'olam, grantor of insight and maker of miracles at this season in times past. Teach the leaders of all the world's nations that human well-being and the well-being of the planet are intimately intertwined. Focus their attentions on the future, so that we may deliver the earth intact to our children.
Inspire us all to learn new skills, invent new processes, and exert our political  power to safeguard the earth you created with love. Open the gates of wisdom and dig deep the wells of action. Blessed are you, Adonai, who emboldens people to make great changes for good.                          
                                                                    --Liz Galst 
If you want to follow up your prayer with an action item, consider a Hanukkah gift to Our Children's Trust to support the lawsuit to secure the legal right to a safe, healthy climate.

Dr. Mirele B. Goldsmith is an environmental psychologist, educator, and activist. Mirele founded Jews Against Hydrofracking, directed the Jewish Greening Fellowship, and was a leader in the People’s Climate March and Jewish Climate Action Network-NYC. Mirele’s writing has been published by the Jewish Week, Forward, Shma, and Huffington Post. 

Liz Glast is the chair of the green team at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York City and currently the editor of Barnard Magazine, the Barnard College alumnae magazine. 


Sunday, December 2, 2018

Happy Hanukkah

by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen
photos by Gabi Mezger and Rabbi Katy Z. Allen

For eight nights,
as we kindle lights
in the dark and the cold,
may the flickering candles
inspire us
to celebrate

the creation of this amazing world.

May the lights that break the darkness
remind us
of G!d's long-ago promise
never again to destroy this world.

May the lights that break the darkness
remind  us
to notice the symbol of that promise
all around us.

Each night,
for eight nights,
may the lights that break the darkness
remind us of what we know:
that it is up to us
to honor and to preserve
the wonder
the beauty
the intricacy
the delicacy
the power.

May the lights that break the darkness,
give us the strength to prevail,
the courage to keep on loving,
the wisdom to appreciate blessings,
the patience to pursue justice,
the openness to continue praying,
and the understanding
that each of us can, indeed,
make a difference,
and can make the world
just a little bit better
than it was before.

Chag urim sameach - Happy Hanukkah,

Rabbi Katy