These and Those

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

The Pardes Sunset Project – Evening 3

Posted on November 4, 2011 by Heligman

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Too often the shades of our life are drawn and God’s magnificent colors are missed.  I am taking on this project as a means to stop and enjoy God’s brilliance.  For the month of November, each day I will document the evening sunset from the Pardes Beit Midrash. I hope you will stop and notice with me. And I hope we can all share a moment of gratitude.

Today I am feeling gratitude for our desire to help others. This evening a small group of Pardes students and I began volunteering with Yaakov Mimon. Once a week we will spend two hours as role models, friends and climbing toys for the Etheopian kids at the Mevasseret Zion absorption center. I spent 6 months last year volunteering at Mevasseret Zion and every week I found it to be a space for my best self to come out.  This evening there was little color as the setset, but sometimes the sky needs to take a step back to allow the fullness of the land to show itself.  I think this is true of ourselves as well.

Sunset from Mivasseret Tzion – 11/3, 4:52pm