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Posts Tagged ‘story’

Recognizing the Power of Nature

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Jewish environmentalism is not just about preserving the planet and recycling.  It is also essentially about appreciating nature and that God is the Source of all.

 

There is a beautiful Chassidic  story that I think nuances a subtle way in which we neglect to recognize the power and beauty of nature.  Please enjoy:

 

The child of a certain rabbi used to wander in the woods. At first his father let him wander, but over time he became concerned. The woods were dangerous. The father did not know what lurked there.

 

He decided to discuss the matter with his child. One day he took him aside and said, “You know, I have noticed that each day you walk into the woods. I wonder, why you go there?” The boy said to is father, “ I go there to find God.”

 

“ That is a very good thing,” the father replied gently. “ I am glad you are searching for God. But, my child, don’t you know that God is the same everywhere?”

 

“Yes,” the boy answered, “but I’m not.”

Where is God in the Purim Story?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

This is the question that is brought up in synagogues all over the world. The Story of Esther is a Book of the Jewish Bible that has no mention of God. Was this omission on purpose, or just a divine oversight? http://www.rachaelscentre.org

 

On the Breath of Children - The Purim Story

Friday, February 25th, 2011

This is how the Purim story was once told to me by a little girl:

‘Long, long ago in a land far, far away there was a king who lost his wife. He decided he needed a new wife so he sent announcements throughout his kingdom asking that all the fair young maidens come to his palace for a great ball where he would choose his next wife.

‘Long, long ago in a land far, far away there was a king who lost his wife. He decided he needed a new wife so he sent announcements throughout his kingdom asking that all the fair young maidens come to his palace for a great ball where he would choose his next wife.

In a small cottage near the edge of the kingdom lived a young Jewish girl named Esther. Esther was an orphan and she was living with her uncle, Mordecai. Esther spent all her days and most of the night cooking and cleaning and sewing and didn’t have any time to herself. She used to dream of being a princess one day and meeting her prince.

When Esther heard that the king was having a ball she was very sad because she couldn’t go. She had no dress to wear and no way to get to the ball but through a great miracle, Esther not only went to the ball in the most beautiful dress but was chosen by the king to be his new queen.’

And so I give you: Cinderesther