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Farming in the Creator's Image

By Jacob Fine

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, December 2011

Time and again, the seasoned grower has the opportunity to relearn the lesson - often accompanied by great heartache - that as much as we manipulate, manicure, and manage, we are not ultimately in control. Though I may till the ground and plant the seeds, I know for certain that the process by which these seeds become beautiful, edible plants is a mystery with which I am involved but for which I am not responsible. And, of course, this truth is hardly specific to agriculture. For better and for worse, the paradox of having power and of being vulnerable and dependent is the very nature of our existence. It is in the garden where I most keenly feel this - plowing, seeding, weeding, harvesting, and observing.

Topic: Theology, Environment, Values

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/no.685

Page Number(s): 16-17

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Fine, Jacob. Farming in the Creator's Image. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. December 2011: 16-17. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13445


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