I love how this blue heron camouflaged itself near the tree, as I slowly moved closer to him/her.
Speaking of camouflage, I found this article, dated May 23, 2012, regarding Jewish soldiers receiving camouflage Torahs.
I like this poem about the blue heron, for its spiritual message I received from it.
Teach me to stand alone in cold water, to wait
poised for nourishment to drift my way
Show me how to bend my legs
so I move deliberately, looking neither right nor left
Teach me how to swallow without chewing,
to hold a fish in my gullet until its scales become wings
Show me how to puff down into a secret
so only those who know me can find me
Teach me how to open my wings and fly,
unexpected and perfect, a crone in the sky.
“Celebrating daughters on the 7th night of Chanukah, is a lovely concept and tradition, and you can read about it on Velveteen Rabbi’s blog.
As you stand lighting at the window, raise your eyes to look outside,
And behold a face before you, some curious passerby
And then realize it is your reflection, in the window glass, your own eyes
What have you seen in the window’s mirror; what miracle do you advertise?
The seventh night is dedicated to the window to the world. This is where the strength and purpose that I have nurtured within are celebrated in the sight of others. This is the show of lights that sparkles forth from self. It is the commandment of Chanukah to do pirsum hanes—“to advertise the miracle,” the miracle that was wrought in history, that is wrought within me.
May my eyes behold the miracles shining forth from each passing soul.
And as I gaze into their windows may my own miracle be beheld as I behold.
Chaya Kaplan-Lester – From Eight Meditations for the Eight Nights of Chanukah
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Please take a moment to send your thoughts and prayers to all of the victims, and their families, involved in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, this morning.
Shabbat Shalom! Happy 7th night of illuminating candles! Chag Sameach!
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December 14, 2012 – 1 Tevet, 5773