We live in a complicated world. It’s far too easy to enumerate all that is wrong in our society. In writing this column, I could have talked about the horrific events in Charlottesville, the disheartening decisions of the Israeli government regarding the disenfranchisement of non-Orthodox expressions of Judaism, or any number of problems and challenges we face every day. And, to be sure, all of those are valid and important topics. But, it’s just as important is to focus on the good in our world.
The morning prayer, Yotzer Or, includes the line, “Ma rabu maasecha, Adonai (how plentiful are your creations, O God).” For the past 19 years, I have had the opportunity to be on faculty at Camp George. Nestled in the beauty of Northern Ontario, it is one of 16 Union for Reform Judaism summer camps across North America. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth, but like so many other Jewish summer camps, its physical beauty is only one aspect or element. Its beauty also lies within the relationships and the opportunities for Jewish growth that exist for the camp participants. [Read more…]