It was Shavuot today, the Feast of Weeks. Shavuot marked the height of the barley harvest and the beginning of the wheat harvest in ancient Israel. Today is also the day I heard the first announcement that Trump decided to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
It was the right day to be in the fields, with the wind, the clouds, the sunshine, and with my hands pushing new plants into the earth, anticipating the beginning of our harvest in two short weeks.
Shimon bar Yochai taught, “if you are holding a sapling in your hand, and someone says that the Messiah has drawn near, first plant the sapling, and then go and greet the Messiah.” (Avot d’Rebbe Natan 31b)
I imagine the same is true when the President of the United States announces his intention to destroy the planet and many lives on it for his own benefit.
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