Did you feel left out sometimes? Did you ever wish that people saw you for who you know you are on the inside instead of what they can see from the outside?
The nurturing flow goes in both directions. We can look to our elders for guidance and perspective, and share their stories of resilience with our children. In parallel, we can help our elders come into closer contact with our children so that they can be enlivened by them as well.
While schools can offer an official measure of our children around how they are progressing in acquiring the skills, tools, and competencies to function as citizens of the world, when children struggle at school, our homes can offer an important corrective.
And while we may be better versed in Shabbat celebration, that comes as a disruption to the centrality we place on work, and helps us refocus our attention every week on rest and reflection, shmita is a shabbat on a much larger scale.
While we all need technology to live, work and function, what happens if we live without it, for a few hours, or a day, or even a year?