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God: Thou Shalt Love

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Rabbi Rick Sherwin, a graduate of UCLA, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Rabbi Rick’s passion is filling spiritual services and interfaith educational programs with creativity, relevance, dialogue, and humor. TAGSInspirationRabbi Rick Sherwin Previous articleWho’d ah thunk it?Next articleThe history of President’s Day Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR  Three times in the Hebrew Bible we are explicitly charged ואהבת – You shall love:1. Love your neighbor as yourself.2. Love the foreigner who comes to live with you.3. Love the Eternal God with all your heart.Jewish Tradition tells us that no one – not even Aladdin’s genie, not even God – can demand or summon an emotion, including love.From my earliest memories, my father, Hal Sherwin ז״ל, would share a mantra:“Don’t tell me, show me.”We don’t just tell people we love them, and we don’t promise to feel love: we show them love, we act in a loving manner.The Hebrew Bible indicates that love is more than an emotion. Life’s focus to love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19.18) follows a long list of ethical actions. The charge to love the foreigners who live alongside us (Leviticus 19.34) is linked to the responsibility to be fair and just. Express love for God Eternal (Deuteronomy 6.5) by teaching our children, and by exemplifying Godly treatment at home and away, night and day.On this “day of love” – February 14th – we pray for the awareness and ability to translate our inner love to the actions we share, so that we may be known both as loving and loveable. InspirationBy Rabbi Rick Sherwin Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name herelast_img read more


Cold Berries.

first_imgGeorgia’s freaky freezing temperatures haven’t hurt the state’sblueberry crop yet. But if warm weather arrives soon, it couldset up this year’s blueberry crop for significant freeze damagelater.”I don’t think the cold weather has hurt the blueberrycrop so far, but it’s sure setting us up for a dangerous situation,”said Scott NeSmith, a research horticulturist with the Universityof Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Right now, the blueberries have received more chill hoursthan they need at this point in the season.”They’ve Gotta Have the ColdBlueberry plants need cold weather to produce blooms and thenfruit. This cold weather requirement is called chill hours. Oncethe plant gets the required number of chill hours, it’s readyto break bud and produce blooms.”If the weather warms up now, the plants are really goingto start blooming fast and this sets up a danger for possiblefreeze damage later,” NeSmith said. “So if we go throughtwo weeks of warm weather, we run the danger of getting earlybloom before the frost damage is over.”NeSmith said Georgia blueberry growers faced the opposite problemlast year.”In 1999, we had a record lack of chill hours, just 200,for the first week of January,” he said. “The plantsweren’t getting the chill hours they needed to bloom adequately.This was a very low number of chill hours compared to the historicalnumber of 400 chill hours for the same time of year.”Today, NeSmith keeps a close eye on the number of chill hoursusing data from UGA’s Georgia Automated Environmental MonitoringNetwork website .Too Many Chill Hours”Here in Spalding County, we have normally accumulated400 to 500 chill hours at this time of year,” he said. “Butthis year, we already have more than 900 chill hours, which isabout a 40 percent increase in chilling.”NeSmith says having too many chill hours is rarely a problem.”This only happens five to 10 percent of the time,”he said. “It’s almost unheard of for us to have this problem.”The largest concentration of commercial blueberry orchardsin Georgia is located in the southeastern corner in Appling, Bacon,Clinch, Pierce and Ware counties, with additional growers sprinkledacross the state. Georgia ranks third in the nation in blueberryproduction with more than 4,500 acres.NeSmith and other UGA horticulturists plan to share their concernswith Georgia blueberry growers during the Georgia Fruit and VegetableConference set for this weekend in Savannah.”It’s a very scary situation because winter has been shiftedback,” he said. “It’s not any one cold event we’ve facedthat has caused this dilemma. It’s the amount of total cold weatherwe’ve been having. The cold hasn’t hurt us so far, but it surehas put us in a precarious position.”last_img read more