“The Earth and the sky are here forever
So you can not bestow them as gifts
but you can give me flowers
if you choose to give me flowers
and you can touch me with both hands
Hands that were born of the Earth
Hands that touch are a gift
Yes, they too are a gift.”
- Tirza Attar
Many people have supported us and continue to do so in many ways, through the past year from visiting, volunteering in the garden, sharing us on facebook and of course buying our products. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to express our gratitude to the many people close and far who supported our work in any way.
The days are getting shorter. We get up in the dark and by 5 o'clock in the afternoon I already feel the need to bundle in bed with a good book. The season of holidays that celebrate the light within the darkness approaches.
This year, Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving. Hanukkah celebrates the victory of the Hebrew people over materialism. When the Greeks conquered ancient Israel, they tried to force the Hebrews to convert to their religion by forcing them to bow to the statues of their gods. The second of the 10 commandments says: ”You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD ...” The war between the Greek and the Hebrews ended with the Hebrews returning to Jerusalem after defeating the Greeks. But Jerusalem was wrapped in deep darkness. All the oil jugs were shattered and there was no oil to light the eternal light in the temple. One of the priests founded a small jug of oil that was not shattered between the pieces of jars. The jug held only a minute amount of oil, but miraculously enough to keep the eternal light for eight full days.
Soon after, we will celebrate Christmas. In the peak of the Roman empire's decadence, a child was born in a cave. In the midst the Romans extravagant buildings, palaces and temple of heavy stones and marble, in a humble cave, a baby is born that will turn the gaze of humans from the outside back inside into their soul and consciousness. The pictures of the Jesus child radiating light in the deep condensed earth is a picture of the light radiating in the human soul within the material body, within matter.
November and December are gift season. While the garden is deep asleep, we go from fair to fair, sharing its gifts of beauty and care with people like you. Attending all these fairs made me think about material gifts and the role that they play in our lives. How did that which was started as a celebration of light over darkness and spirit into matter, turn into a shopping spree, and how do we bring back the original intentions into the holidays?
Shopping for presents can be overwhelming. Some of the gifts we buy express sincere love; others are bought because we feel it is our duty to return a gift to a neighbor or...