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Chaya Shuchat

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Chaya Shuchat is the author of A Diamond a Day, an adaptation of the chassidic classic Hayom Yom for children, as well as many articles on the interface between Chassidism and contemporary life. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner with a master’s degree in nursing from Columbia University.
A Tu B’Shevat Meditation
I live in a neighborhood with a synagogue on every street corner. Still, I have a spiritual hunger that can be assuaged only by contact with nature.
We can put up with quite a lot when we know there’s an end to it.
No circumstance in life is so low and so depraved that no good can be gathered from it.
What is our responsibility toward the environment? To what lengths must we go to protect open spaces or endangered species? And are we at fault for natural disasters?
Some people never ask for our forgiveness. They don’t show remorse, they don’t seem to care that they’ve hurt us, and they may even demean or belittle us for having been hurt. Why should we forgive them?
We live in this world and must learn to adapt to it. Only through playing by its rules can we be successful.
Although Moses is not completely reconciled to his death in the desert (as we will see later in the Parshah of Va’etchanan), he can not leave the world in peace without knowing that his people will be in good hands.
Have you ever felt totally eclipsed by someone else?
No form of energy is of any use unless there is a way to channel and harness it. Otherwise, the energy simply dissipates.
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