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Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Quotes From Our 2017/5776 SILK-ROOT EARTH DAY SEDER


The good man is the friend of all living things. Gandhi

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference,
and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. Jane Goodall

Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources,cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage,
for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance. Theodore Roosevelt

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile,
and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. John Muir

A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not
given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children. John James Audubon

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land,
purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. Franklin D. Roosevelt

You can make a lot of speeches, but the real thing is when you dig a hole, plant a tree,
give it water, and make it survive. That’s what makes the difference. Wangari Maathai

Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength
that will endure as long as life lasts. Rachel Carson

La-shanah Ha-baah shalom: Next Year peace and the end of suffering.

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Counting The Omer

Counting The Omer
Day 9: Today is the energy of loving-kindness of Chesed in the disciplined strength of Gevorah. Today notice how your criticism of others might apply to yourself. What advice could you give someone who is critical? Look at the areas in your life where let negativity run rampant. For today, observe the negative patterns as they occur and be gentle with yourself.

Counting The Omer Sefirat Ha’Omer takes place during the forty-nine days following Pesach anticipating the receiving of the commandments on Shavuot. Over the seven weeks we have the opportunity to break open the negative shells klipot from within us to release the Light in a systematic reflection of our divine attributes. More information here.

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Quotes from our Freedom Seder


The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. Albert Camus

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. Ronald Reagan

We should seek not a world where the black race and the white race live in harmony, but a world in which the terms black and white have no real political meaning. Ta-Nehisi Coates

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. Jim Morrison

It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union…. Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less. ~Susan B. Anthony

Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man. Margaret Mead

When we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last! Martin Luther King Jr

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Demand His Taxes


We’re marching around the country to ask Donald Trump:
What are you hiding? Release your tax returns and commit to a fair tax system for the American people. We do care what information you are hiding about your business deals, your ties to foreign countries, your debts, your conflicts of interest, the benefits of your policies for your own self-interest. You work for us, and we demand answers.

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

If Only She Were Here Today


The most violent element in society is ignorance.

The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice.

Conceit, arrogance, and egotism are the essentials of patriotism. … Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided into little spots, each one surrounded by an iron gate. Those who have had the fortune of being born on some particular spot, consider themselves better, nobler, grander, more intelligent than the living beings inhabiting any other spot. It is, therefore, the duty of everyone living on that chosen spot to fight, kill, and die in the attempt to impose his superiority upon all the others.

The most absurd apology for authority and law is that they serve to diminish crime. Aside from the fact that the State is itself the greatest criminal, breaking every written and natural law, stealing in the form of taxes, killing in the form of war and capital punishment, it has come to an absolute standstill in coping with crime. It has failed utterly to destroy or even minimize the horrible scourge of its own creation.

Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.

Emma Goldman(1869 – 1940), anarchist, political activist, writer

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Impact Investing


We always start with the first bottom line, if a company is not successful, there can be no impact. Nancy Pfund, Founder of Double Bottom Line Partners

In Home Depot the other day, we were approached by a gentleman wanting to introduce Solar City to us as a way to purchase solar power for the home. Tandem to meeting him I heard this amazing talk on the Commonwealth Club on Impact Investing.

The speaker, Nancy Pfund, created the world of profit and positive investing where financial success goes hand-in-hand with social change by achieving high venture capital returns working with companies that use economic, social and environmental impact.

One of her organizations is Solar City. Two others: Pandora and Patagonia. All of the companies they invest in have built social impact into their business plans from the very beginning with the intention of generating social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. It makes sooooo much sense. I want to participate however I can!

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Some Answers To Back and Neck Tension

Back muscles

This morning I did my favorite internet teacher’s Slow Flow Yoga For Chest, Shoulders and Back. After that if you need more go onto Yin Yoga for Upper Back Knots. If you prefer weight training here are some exercises that achieve the same results.

For people like us who spend lots of the day at a machine or a desk, these movements are vital- don’t sell your body short!

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

The Politician of My Day: Chuck Schumer


Friday was a big day and night. I listened. I heard. I watched. I breathed deeply. I prayed. And finally, when I watched Chuck Schumer on Rachel Maddow, I felt the first real hope for right over might; a person in power of reason and substance who we can follow and support.

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Life Is The Practice

fare well

Do not do a spiritual practice as if your life depended on it. Practice as if it is your life. Let it be empty. Let it be light. Let it be sweet. Let each moment be a mystery that brings you to the next moment.

Empty means without preconception. Without preconception means you are free to follow the natural course of life. The times you feel the most sweetness in your life are those times that are empty: You look at the baby and feel life is wonderful; you watch a dancer and are glad you are human; you learn something new and are completely satisfied by it in and of itself.

Our greatest spiritual practice is not yoga or prayer or meditation. It is life itself. And how we practice life tells us all. If you practice life in order to someday get good enough at it to really live, then you separate yourself from life in a profound way. But if your definition of life is that it has waves of up and down, joy and hardship, ease and discomfort, and if each day you practice empty of preconceptions, ready to wee what life brings, then you will be worthy of the concert stage. The instrument will be your own body, mind, and spirit. The audience will be all of the Buddhas and ordinary people who enjoy watching humans be themselves.

Jason Shulman; The Instruction Manual For Receiving God; page 103

Monday, March 13th, 2017

The Russians Are Coming

Not My President

And the North Koreans too.
The Dakota pipeline
The Southern border wall
Non-affordable healthcare
Higher interest rates
Continued Global warming
Increasing anti-Semitic incidents
Many more marches and demonstrations
The Impeachment of Donald J. Trump

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Pussyhat Global Virtual March- March 8th


Join the Pussyhat Global Virtual March in honor of International Women’s Day, March 8! Whether you are marching, striking, or wish you could, you can take part! Anyone, anywhere who supports women’s rights is welcome!

Here’s how to take part: Put on your Pussyhat! Make a sign saying where you are from and what you are for (it can be global, local, or personal)! Post on social media using #pussyhatglobal.

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Rosh Hodesh Adar 2017

crescent moon

Dear Holy Spirit of All Ancestors,

Let us be renewed by this month of Adar

Just as it is Pisces, the sign of the fish, may we be full of blessing and fruitfulness.

May this moon’s journey direct us in our capacity to change and grow

Its metamorphosis as the universe’s archetype of transformation

The steadiness of her climb from new to full, not clambering to reach her pinnacle, Instead daily, bit by bit, bringing another portion of herself to light.

May this moon’s journey direct us in our capacity to change and grow

Toward goodness and blessing

Toward the joyful

Toward liberation and challenge, as well as

Toward patience and consolation

Toward becoming ever more human beings.

Let us commit to supporting ourselves and each other.

May this moon’s journey direct us in our capacity to change and grow

Toward life and peace

Toward observing our blindness

Toward struggling with our goals

Toward forgiving ourselves and each other.

May this moon’s journey direct us in our capacity to change and grow

As an opportunity

To understand what is intended for us.

Many thank for inviting us to share

This holy moment of the New Moon.

N’vareykh et eyn hachayim Matzmichat p’ri hagefen Unkadeysh

et rosh hachodesh Ba’arigat p’tiley chayeynu L’tokh masechet hadorot.

Let us bless the source of life that ripens fruit on the vine as we hallow

the Rosh Hodesh festival, weaving new threads into the tapestry of tradition.

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