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Nina Beth Cardin

Finding enchantment in our theater of grace

Fairies are nesting in my trees. Right there in my front lawn, at the very top of my tulip poplars.

In the wintertime I can see them cleverly posing as seed clusters perched at the end of the trees’ highest branches. Sometimes they look like golden chalices, or crowns, or stiffened gowns hung upside-down. When the wind is right you can hear them whispering, as if conspiring about...

Liberality for all; exploitation by none

“To live in right relation with natural conditions is one of the first lessons that a wise farmer, or any other wise man learns.” So wrote Liberty Hyde Bailey 100 years ago in his masterful work, “The Holy Earth” (free to all courtesy of the Gutenberg Project). The chair of the nation’s first Department of Horticulture and Landscape Gardening at Michigan State University, he...

Habits of Enoughness

Last December in Paris, nearly 200 countries, including the United States, came together to proclaim with one voice that we can no longer build a world of prosperity by burning millions of years’ worth of fossil fuels. The agreement commits us all to work to keep global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees.

There are some who argue that nothing will come of it because the...

Liberality for all; exploitation by none

“To live in right relation with natural conditions is one of the first lessons that a wise farmer, or any other wise man learns.” So wrote Liberty Hyde Bailey 100 years ago in his masterful work, “The Holy Earth” (free to all courtesy of the Gutenberg Project). The chair of the nation’s first Department of Horticulture and Landscape Gardening at Michigan State University, he...

Liberality for all; exploitation by none

“To live in right relation with natural conditions is one of the first lessons that a wise farmer, or any other wise man learns.” So wrote Liberty Hyde Bailey 100 years ago in his masterful work, “The Holy Earth” (free to all courtesy of the Gutenberg Project). The chair of the nation’s first Department of Horticulture and Landscape Gardening at Michigan State University, he...

Lessons from a fruit tree

About this time every year, the age-old rabbinic story of Honi, The Circle Maker makes its rounds. It goes like this: Honi was a minor miracle worker in first century Palestine. Once, in his youth, he happened upon an old man planting a carob tree. Now the carob tree was legendary for taking 70 years to mature, and Honi found it odd that someone so advanced in years would bother...

Lessons from a fruit tree

About this time every year, the age-old rabbinic story of Honi, The Circle Maker makes its rounds.

It goes like this: Honi was a minor miracle worker in first century Palestine. Once, in his youth, he happened upon an old man planting a carob tree. Now the carob tree was legendary for taking 70 years to mature, and Honi found it odd that someone so advanced in years would...

Lessons from the Shmita Year

We are living in the midst of a collective sabbatical. According to the Jewish calendar, this year, 5775, is the shmita year, the seventh year in a cycle of sevens that reaches back to biblical times. It is a year in which the agricultural dimension of our food system, and our associated habits of consumption, are radically changed. It is a year in which we are called to live off...

Asking Great Things of Us

If we were to face our children in 50 years, and account for the Earth we left them, would they be pleased? Nina Beth Cardin, a rabbi in Baltimore, writes that it is time for us to ask ourselves that question, and to rise to meet a great challenge.

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About Nina Beth Cardin

Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin writes from Baltimore where she is a trustee of the interfaith environmental organization, the Chesapeake Covenant Community.

 

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