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Sign along roadway that says Shorashim (name of Israeli town in the north)

God has told you, O man, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do justice, and to love goodness, and to walk modestly with your God… - Micah 6:8

In a recent discussion at the “tradition” committee of Shorashim's strategic planning process, detailed in this blog post, the topic was if and how to articulate norms of behavior that would express the “traditional” (masorti) identity of the community. When people ask, the usual answer has always been that at Shorashim, there is an unwritten tradition of respecting Shabbat in the public sphere: no communal activities...

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Israeli flags

Therefore impress these My words upon your very heart: bind them as a sign on your hand and let them serve as a symbol on your forehead, and teach them to your children – reciting them when your stay at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up; and inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates – to the end that you and your children may endure in the land…

Deuteronomy 11:18-21

Our community, Shorashim (about 100 families) is engaged in a process of strategic planning sponsored by the county government. As part of the process, we...

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String of different types of lights outdoors in the dark

When Adam saw that the days were getting shorter and shorter, he said, “Woe is me that because of my sins the world is returning to darkness, to chaos…” He spent eight days in fasting and prayer – until the solstice had passed – and when he saw the days lengthening he realized that this is just the cycle of nature, and celebrated with an eight-day festival.

Babylonian Talmud Avodah Zarah 8a

In the early 1990s, the city of Haifa instituted an annual cultural event, “Festival of Festivals,” now held every December to celebrate Jewish, Christian, and Muslim holidays falling...

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Four are among the tiniest on earth, yet they are the wisest of the wise… [Ants…locusts…lizards… and…] The hyrax is a folk without strength, yet it makes its home in the rock. Proverbs 31:24-28

We live on the periphery of Shorashim; our little back yard opens onto a weedy slope that adjoins the Jewish National Fund forest surrounding the community. We created a couple of terraces at the edge of the yard where we try every year to grow vegetables. The soil is not great, and since the trees have grown, the area doesn’t get full sun, so the project is daunting. In recent years our...

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To choose life is to choose to see the complexity of the situation here. To learn, of necessity, to defend one’s life, but also to see the distress and extend a helping hand... Life here will be possible only if we stop blaming each other and stop being victims. We all need to overcome and to take responsibility and start working hard for the sake of life here.

Michal Froman, “March of Hope” rally, Jerusalem, October 19, 2016

During Sukkot, Tami and I decided to join the culminating segment of the “March of Hope,” a two-week series of local marches around the country,...

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