Published on December 26th, 2012 |
by Natan Margalit
Support Organic Torah!
Exciting News from Organic Torah! We are now a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. That means that it’s even easier for you to make your tax-deductible donations to Organic Torah.
With your support, Organic Torah has done some terrific things in the past year. Please Support Organic Torah
now to enable us to continue and expand our Beit Midrash and all our programs and activities. Can you help fund a scholarship
for someone to learn Jewish texts in an exciting, new and organic way? Can you support Organic Torah’s mission of enlivening our tradition and our world?
We are proudest of the foundation of Beit Midrash Torat Chayyim.
Since this fall we’ve been studying classic Jewish texts from an organic, holistic point of view. Businesspeople, rabbis, educators, and graduate students came together in our classes. Using our organic approach, integrating right and left brain, intellect and imagination, we uncovered wonders in the Torah. Learning like this is hard to find. If you’ve read my blog, you know that I’m exploring a new vision of bringing together religion and science, showing that the whole that is greater than the sum of the parts, and shifting our perspective to create a living, Organic Torah.
These are times when we wonder if there is anything that can be done for our world. With horrible gun violence, global warming, alienation and political gridlock, what can anyone do? Judaism says that we must “choose life” — but how? It says in Pirkei Avot: “Don’t overlook a small mitzvah, because you never know the reward of any mitzvah.” In an organic, interconnected world, a world of feedback loops and complex causation, we really don’t know what a small mitzvah might bring about. This fall in the U.S. most of us went to the polls and voted — a small mitzvah — and collectively it made a big difference. We are either using or saving energy all the time — and seeing how a small change in world temperature can bring about massive storms and droughts. Our small decisions are collectively making a big difference. Every blog, every class and conversation is a small mitzvah that can be a tipping point in the paradigm shift towards a different world view: seeing the world as alive, not a machine, seeing ourselves as interconnected, not separate. At Organic Torah we are doing a lot of those small mitzvahs. With your help, those mitzvahs can go viral. The paradigm shift can spread.