Isn't it wonderful that the principle, 'Get Outside,' is the second week of our experiment while there's still sunshine and warm weather?
Ithaca has already begun to get cold at night and I've had to bring some of my plants inside. This week I'd like to ask each of you to do a few things to enjoy the tail-end of summer and relax a little on Shabbat. Please head out on a hike - either alone or with friends - somewhere green. Once you're there seek out two things: something you've never seen before (this could be as small as a butterfly or as big as the place where you're hiking), and a tree that speaks to you. When you find the thing you've never seen before, take a moment to appreciate it's beauty (or ugliness, as the case may be). When you find a tree that speaks to you, take a few minutes to sit and meditate on the past week and what about that particular tree you connect with. If you're able, take a picture of the tree to share with us. Who knows? Maybe the tree will be a place you return throughout the year as your thinking spot.