I'm joining Service Space because ... I appreciate the value of change yourself,change the world. I also appreciate the value of kindness
A good day to me is when ... Connecting with community, animals, and plants.
My hero in life is ...books about spirituality and nature
My favorite book is ...My husband, Aryae
One thing I'm grateful for is ... The beauty of the earth.
Feb 27, 2020, 1 comments, 7 smiles [When Aryae's return from last night's beautiful Awakin Circle, I was reminded of an amazing story told 26 years ago by Reb Zalman, about his encounter with a blind Sufi sheikh in Hevron, Israel/Palestine. Reb Zalman wanted to do zikr with the sheikh and his community, and at first they were very skeptical about why this rabbi would want to pray with Muslims. The dialogue that ensued was quite amazing, and serves as a great footnote to last night's Awakin Circle dialogue. Excerpt below is from an audio tape of the Farbrengen with Rabbis Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Shlomo Carlebach, Z'Tz'L, at the Hillel Foundation on March 19, 1994. Transcribed by Reuven Goldfarb with the assistance of Eliyahu (Khaled) McLean.] Used to be, when I would go to Israel, I would run in, go up to Nablus, and there, outside of Nablus, is a place called Balata. Balata was one of ... Read Full Story
Oct 07, 2019, 10 comments, 7 smiles Very sad news. Len Traubman who was a friend of Service Space passed away unexpectedly on October 4th. He and his wife, Libby Traubman, started the Jewish Palestinian Living Room Dialogue and were mentors for peacemakers all over the world. They were guests on an Awakin Call a couple of years ago and participated in calling in questions for other guests. Len frequently said, " An enemy is someone whose story you haven't heard yet". A great light and peacemaker has left our world.
Dec 22, 2016, 1 comments, 8 smiles I love this poem by Rav Kook where he says that every person is like a candle. Every person must know and understand That a candle burns deep within him, And his candle is unlike his friend's, And no man without a candle exists. That he must strive to uncover The light of the candle publicly And light it into a great torch And light the whole world.
Nov 07, 2016, 5 smiles I as well as others in the Service Space community am reading the book, "Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer which was featured in Daily Good. The wisdom of this book has been profound for me. I love this quote about ceremony: "Ceremony focuses attention so that attention becomes intention. If you stand together and profess a thing before your community, it holds you accountable. "Ceremonies transcend the boundaries of the individual and resonate beyond the human realm. These acts of reverence are powerfully pragmatic. These are ceremonies that magnify life."
Aug 16, 2016, 1 comments, 8 smiles An inspiring article in the NY Times about how 2 adversaries -- a chief of police and a civil rights lawyer -- came together to create a successful community policing program in LA: How Community Policing Can Work Come to Watts and East Los Angeles and you will see the Police Department’s Community Safety Partnership unit, which operates in seven of the city’s most violent public housing projects. Here, officers call out residents’ names in greeting and patrol on foot with gang intervention specialists. The officers earn trust by participating in a range of neighborhood activities — everything from buying bifocals for older people to helping start a farmers’ market and sports leagues for kids. The unit’s officers are not promoted for making arrests, but for demonstrating how they diverted a kid from jail and increased trust. Above all, they do not view residents of high-crime areas as potential suspects or deportees but as partners in public safety.
Jul 19, 2016, 6 smiles Kabbalistic teaching: Three Inaudible Sounds "Three sounds are inaudible to the human ear: the sound of the snake shedding its skin, the sound of a soul leaving the body at death, and the sound of birthing. Where do these sounds go? They travel to the canyons where they encrypt themselves in the earth. The sound of your voice in the canyon awakens them from dormancy and evokes their powers. However, to awaken the sound of the snake shedding its skin, you must tap wood to stone. You hear these sounds as 'echos' but know that they are three sounds coming right back to you in the garb of your own voice or drumming, to empower you with shedding your old patterns, to aid you in surrendering to the uncertainty of your next step, and to guide you in birthing yourself anew." From the Zohar- Book of Splendor
May 02, 2016, 1 comments, 12 smiles Paw it Forward Read today in Best Friend's Magazine: " Random acts of kindness are encouraged at Bangor Humane Society in Maine. Their Paw it Forward program allows people or businesses to prepay an animal's adoption fee. Then, when lucky adopters discover the fee is waived, they are encouraged to continue the trend and Paw it Forward for another animal."
Jan 19, 2016, 5 smiles Kindness As Peacemaking Usman Mohammed Inuwa is a peacemaker who facilitates dialogues between Muslims and Christians to decrease violence in North Eastern Nigeria. He describes the Seeds for Peace Seminar which was to promote Biointensive Organic Agriculture as a way to build relationships between different religions, tribes, and cultures. Besides having the participants exchange open pollinated seeds, part of the process was to have them share an experience of extraordinary kindness they have received and never forgotten. I was very moved to learn about using stories of kindness to bring about peace and want to share this with the Service Space community.