Sacred Seasons for Sacred Earth

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“Sacred Seasons of the Sacred Earth” is a series of four webinars focusing on the festivals of Hanukkah, Tu B’Shvat, and two sessions on Passover.   


Rabbi Arthur Waskow will explore these festivals and questions:

  • Hanukkah   COMPLETED   Tues Nov 13, 2018 7-9 pm Eastern time  
    Hanukkah is the festival of lighting lights in a time of darkness. One of the legends about it is that its holiness involved conserving energy – making one day’s olive oil light up eight days. The Menorah at the heart of Hanukkah was designed by the Torah to be modeled on a living tree. 
    How could we use the eight days of Hanukkah to light our inner spirits in a dark time, and to light our whole society to heal our wounded Earth by conserving energy? Hanukkah itself begins December 2.
  • Tu B’Shvat   COMPLETED  Wed Jan 9, 2019 7-9pm Eastern time
    Tu B’Shvat,the ReBirthDay of the trees after a winter of hibernation, is also seen as the ReBirthDay of the Tree of Life – the sacred impulse within us and all the world to grow and be more fruitful.  
    How can we shape the evening and the day to benefit our own souls, the soul of our country, and the soul of our rejuvenated Earth? Tu B’Shvat begins the evening of Sunday, January 20, and ends the evening of Monday January 21. That Monday is also the Martin Luther King Birthday Holiday!  Is there a connection between the two? 
  • Passover I & II              Wed Apr 3 & 10, 2019 7-9pm Eastern time
    comes at the peak of Spring. It celebrates the birthing of lambs, new barley, a new people, and Freedom (which itself is a birthing of new possibilities, new creativity). We recall a Pharaoh who brought death on children and plagues – eco-disasters – on the Earth. 
    What does it mean to free ourselves today and heal the Earth? Passover begins Friday evening, April 19.  

Together we can make new meanings for these festivals. This webinar series will be interactive, drawing forth the insights of all who take part. In that way it will enrich the lives of each person and of the whole community of participants. 


We will meet by Zoom conference, making it possible by video for us to see each other face-to-face or by telephone. The Zoom information will appear when you register. We will record each session and send the video link a few days after the Webinar itself. 

Each session will cost $18. If you register for the two remaining webinars, the series will cost $33, a $3 discount. 


Why are we doing this? Because a great deal has changed in America and in Jewish thought, practice, and creativity since I originally wrote and Bantam published my book Seasons of Our Joy: A Modern Guide to the Jewish Festivals in 1981.

The book has been called a classic, and readers still write and call me a generation later to say it is still valuable to them. AND – many of the rich implications of the festivals for personal healing and healing of our society and of the Earth were not obvious to me in 1981.   For at that point the internal strains in American society, the deep wounds of Mother Earth, and the crucial importance of spiritually rooted activism were not as apparent as they are today. 

Join us for this series. Register now!

November 13th, 2018 7:00 PM   through   April 11th, 2019 9:00 PM
6711 Lincoln Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19119
United States
Phone: 2158448494
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Webinar Fee(s)
Passover I & II ($3 discount) $ 33.00
Passover I $ 18.00
Passover II $ 18.00

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