Earth

 

ארץ 

In Jewish mysticism, the earth is the dwelling place and revelation of the Shechinah, the divine presence. This concept finds its parallel in modern Gaian philosophy, honoring the earth Ha-Aretz הארץ as a living, sacred system.

Through this Portal are Gateways that explore themes and symbols of mother Earth. Wander her paths, climb her mountains, ponder her stones, taste her fruits, climb her trees, meet her creatures. Experience the world as cultivated garden and as untamed wilderness.

 

Choose your Gateway of Earth to Explore

Choose your favorite Pathway, or follow them in order:

Sharing Space: Holy Land

Sharing Space: Holy Land

Your turn! Consider these questions and share your responses in the comments. What does the term "holy land" mean to you? What makes a land holy? How do you find a sense of sanctuary in Nature? Do you practice the art of sacred strolling / forest bathing / sauntering?...

The Ecology of Canaan, in the Eyes of Our Ancestors

The Ecology of Canaan, in the Eyes of Our Ancestors

Note: My friend and colleague Rabbi David Seidenberg is one of the leading scholars on Judaism and the environment. Whether writing about Kabbalah and Ecology, or the Biblical vision of a justice and sustainability, his teachings are both inspiring and timely. -JHD by...

Tikkun Olam: Interfaith Dialogue in the Holy Land

Tikkun Olam: Interfaith Dialogue in the Holy Land

Jerusalem is a holy city to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and its very name means, "The City of Peace." But the deep history and religious passions that make the city and the land sacred to so many have also contributed to strife. Although the modern...

Let Nature Guide You Into a New Year

Let Nature Guide You Into a New Year

I treasure the late summer, just before the Jewish New Year, as a wonderful time to get out in nature, and I relate it to a Hasidic teaching. “The King is in the Field,” is a parable of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), founder of Chabad Hasidism. He likened...

Talk to the animals; listen to Nature

Talk to the animals; listen to Nature

The Bible relates that King Solomon was known as the wisest of men. One verse suggests that he was able to converse about--the more-than-human world: יְדַבֵּר֮ עַל־הָֽעֵצִים֒ מִן־הָאֶ֙רֶז֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר בַּלְּבָנ֔וֹן וְעַד֙ הָאֵז֔וֹב אֲשֶׁ֥ר יֹצֵ֖א בַּקִּ֑יר וַיְדַבֵּר֙...