REFLECTIONS: Mending the world

Kiki and the works of mercy

Kiki and the works of mercy

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. – E.B. White

In Jewish tradition, these are the Days of Awe – the span of ten days between Rosh Hashanah, the birthday of the creation of the world, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It’s a time to examine one’s life and ways before your fate is sealed.  Sharon Astyk writes just beautifully on this tradition in the context of our environmental crisis in a recent post where she describes how and where she finds hope.

Reading it, I was reminded of another Jewish woman who inspired me a couple years ago with her description of these high holy days. Sharon Brous, a rabbi, was interviewed by Krista Tippett on how she brings this ancient tradition to bear meaning to her young congregation:

This is a moment when we celebrate the possibility of transformation, the possibility that every single one of us can be re-created . . . [a time] in which we identify that we have a real purpose and meaning in the world and that we can redirect our lives so that we’re actually responsively going after those priorities. . . We actually have the capacity to radically transform the way we understand our lives and the world. So really this is a moment of celebration.

To read the rest of this post on Kelli’s blog, click here.


Posted on 09/21/2009, in REFLECTIONS and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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