GrowTorah Core Value: Stewarding the Earth, Incubating Emunah
At the close of Sefer Bamidbar, the Torah recounts Bnei Israel's journey through the desert. God instructs Moshe on the laws for cities in Eretz Israel, including the laws of Migrash. What are the details of these laws? What values can they teach us about how to organize and relate to our cities?
Lesson Title: Building our Cities and Keeping Them Clean
What are the rules of migrash?
- 1000 cubit green belt around the city, for decoration and free-roaming livestock
What, according to the Rabbis are the values behind migrash? How can we bring them into our garden?
- beautification, public consciousness
What does the word "pollute" imply about our relationship to the land?
- Our actions, our moral failures have a direct impact on the land we live in
How broadly does this apply? How can we bring this value into our lives?
- Not just in Israel – this defines our relationship with the land everywhere that we are. We can understand that treating each other well and trusting in Hashem is integral to treating the land well– that wrongdoing is a pollutant (and that polluting is a wrongdoing). (Especially in an era of anthropogenic climate change, these things feel especially linked).