These and Those

Musings from Students of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem

A different Green

Posted on March 10, 2011 by Shibley

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Green! United States’ currency and Ireland might come to mind. I have a new green I’d like to propose, the green of the Golan Heights, where I was last week on a three day tiyul with pardes. At this time of year, after some of the much needed rainfall has fallen, the Golan is absolutely beautiful. There are wild flowers, high grasses, and a general feeling of natural life being reborn. The heat of the summer fries the vegetation, and the ongoing drought doesn’t do much to alleviate the brown of the scorched earth. But now, the rich black volcanic soil is hardly visible below the flowers and grasses. It’s the kind of green that happens when green does not exist for twelve months. It’s the kind of green that the desert experiences after a rainfall, a lush life affirming green.

Shabbat Shalom!