Bloom Where You Are Planted

A Message from Rabbi Bodney-Halasz-Halasz
May 12, 2020

As the weather warms up and the chance of frost has supposedly passed, it is a great time to start a vegetable garden.  
Watching something grow and thrive during this quarantine has helped me find joy and hope.  The smell of something earthy and alive rejuvenates me.  It is an easy way to enjoy the fresh air, avoid supermarkets, and appreciate God’s gift of creation.  You can start small and you don’t need to have a yard.  Consider a container garden or an herb garden!
Working in the garden also reminds us we are approaching Shavuot.  Agriculturally rooted, Shavuot marks  the harvest of first fruits in Israel, such as wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates.  These were then delivered to the Temple in Jerusalem to give thanks to God.  
It has been a long 8 weeks or so and we are all ready to fly the coop. However, even as quarantine restrictions are gradually lifted the threat of this coronavirus is still very real and none of us should unnecessarily put ourselves as risk.  
Instead, let’s continue to find creative ways to enjoy our time.  Perhaps, like in ancient times, it is the perfect time to  prepare for a harvest.  Wishing you may sunny days ahead.
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