Saturday, July 31

Tag: Hawaii

Free to Be

Free to Be

"To set apart one day a week for freedom, a day on which we would not use the instruments which have been so easily turned into weapons of destruction, a day for being with ourselves, a day of detachment from the vulgar, of independence of external obligations, a day on which we stop worshipping the idols of technical civilization, a day on which we use no money, a day of armistice in the economic struggle with our fellow men and the forces of nature— is there any institution that holds out a greater hope for man’s progress than the Sabbath?" - Rabbi Heschel Heschel, Abraham Joshua (2005-08-17). The Sabbath (p. 16). Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Kindle Edition.

The Essence of Good Life

spirit, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Hi all! I am on vacation and wanted to share an extraordinary moment with you that I connected with the concept of menuha as described by Rabbi Heschel. You can read his thoughts excerpted below. But as a quick preface, yesterday we paddled kayaks to a nature preserve and then took a 1/2 mile hike to a hidden waterfall. By the way, that 1/2 mile was straight down! Coming back was a bear! Or here in Hawai'i, I suppose you'd say it was a wild pig. Our guide started us out on our journey by sounding a conch shell. So much like a shofar from Hebrew tradition. He corralled his little group of tourists by referring to us as "ohana" or family. (Forgive me if I am in error on the spelling!). And when we arrived to the waterfall, he went first, sat beneath the falls and to me, it looked like he wa...