I’ve decided to start a blog to chronicle my various adventures this year. First of all, a few points of order.
1. What the heck is “Shmita”? And what does it have to do with your blog name?
“Shmita,” literally “release” in Hebrew, is the Jewish sabbatical year in the 7-yr agricultural cycle in traditional Jewish practice. It just so happens this coming year in the Jewish calendar (starting in fall of 2014) will be an actual Shmita year, which nicely aligns with my personal year of a sabbatical of sorts, taking time away from teaching to pursue various other interests.
I am hoping to learn more about Shmita practices while working on the Adamah farm this fall! Stay tuned for more info 🙂
2. What will I actually be doing? Where will I be going? Do I have a proper winter coat? Should Jewish (grand)mothers everywhere be worried?
The planned “itinerary” as of right now is as such:
End of August – Beginning of December: Adamah Fellowship at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center (farming, sustainability, Jewish learning, high holiday retreats, Hazon New York bike ride…lots of god stuff)
Mid December – January: Some combination of back in the bay area to visit friends, Chicago, Denver to visit family…hoping to fit a meditation retreat in there some where. Then road trip to Moab (let me know if you wanna join!)
February – end of May:
Spring semester internship with Community Rebuilds in Moab, UT. I’ll be building straw-bale, affordable, eco-friendly housing for families in Moab. I first met the folks who started this organization on my Bike & Build trip in 2008. They were so rad that I decided to come back and give natural building a try.
In the meantime, I’ll be blogging about my summer of chillaxing in the bay in preparation. Hooray. Mazel tov. Exciting.
Thus begins…THE SHMITA DIARIES!