TREES: IN THE MEADOW

A TREE IN THE MEADOW

Picture a giant oak tree near a glistening lake on a sunny day.   Then, remember the song from the 1950s: “There’s a tree in the meadow, not very far from a stream…..”    I was a child in Brooklyn when I first heard Margaret Whiting sing that song.  No, there was no lake nearby.  Only the Atlantic ocean near Brighton Beach in Brooklyn.  But what a beautiful song!

COMPASSION

More about RACHMONES…….RACH rhymes with LOCK

RACHMONES is pronounced rock MAW ness. — accent on second syllable

At the heart of Jewish thought is the concept of RACHMONES.  It means compassion.  In Judaism, with the divine attribute of rachmones, all things are possible. All of Judaism’s philosophy is based on rachmones:  that is, ethics, ethos, learning, hierarchy of values, education are filled with rachmones.

A MOTHER’S WOMB

The rabbis say that we should look upon each other with the same love and feeling that a mother feels for the little baby in her womb.  Jewish prophets write about rachmones and note that the Hebrew root rechem, from which rachmones is derived, means “a mother’s womb.”

Sentence:  He is in such a crisis that we should offer him rachmones.

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