The art amount of artists in Tsfat is close to ridiculous. There is beautiful, incredible, inspiring art in Tsfat. But I get it. It’s hard not to be inspired there, nestled on a hilltop surrounded by mountains. Tsfat is a palace in the air. I’ve started taking time out of my day to get lost walking in and out of little stone alleyways.
I’ve been learning about Judaism, people, and myself. I started taking pottery lessons. I started interning and living at a campus where people come to volunteer in the community and to connect with their spirituality and Judaism through hiking, art, and learning sessions (to poorly summarize).
I feel like I’m finally touching the core of being alive–like I finally get it. Every so often I can hear my inner voice say, “Oohhh…so that’s what it’s supposed to feel like.” I’m exhausted but energized. Full and famished. Happy and sad.
There is so much good in the world. It is incredibly important to acknowledge this; and to experience it. Find some good in the world and drink it in. Relish it because you are a good person and you deserve it.
But there is a catch.
As important as it is to recognize, enjoy, and embrace the good in the world–it is more important that we acknowledge the bad.
I just had to pause for a minute to listen to the Yom HaZicaron siren. Tomorrow is the day of remembrance for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers and its Victims of Terrorism.
The siren wails so that the whole of Israel can stop and remember. It’s horrifyingly sad. All those lives lost. But the act of remembering allows me the space to stop and be thankful. It gives me the time to stop and appreciate.
What I was saying before about how important it is to recognize the bad in the world–well its true. How could you ever appreciate the light if it wasn’t for the dark?
Besides that, acknowledging the bad in the world gives us the opportunity to put more good in the world. And that is a gift.
If it resonates with you, I am working to raise money and awareness for human trafficking in Thailand. I will be going there in June to work with victims of sexual slavery and also working in at-risk population for the prevention of sexual slavery.
You can find my root funding page here: http://www.rootfunding.com/campaign/3719