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Food Rescue Hero: Minister Antonio

Food Rescue Hero: Minister Antonio

November 19th, 2020

Over the next few months, Tania and myself, Lily, will be highlighting our local food rescue heroes. In doing this work only briefly, we have been struck with the profound recognition of our own privilege, of our ability to go[...]

Hazon Detroit: Shake Local

Hazon Detroit: Shake Local

October 7th, 2020

Dear Friends, Our rabbis say (Tosafot, Suk. 37b) that when we shake the lulav and etrog on Sukkot, “the trees of the forest sing with joy.” So that got us to wondering, what are the conditions that might allow the trees[...]

Hazon Detroit: I Am To My Beloved

Hazon Detroit: I Am To My Beloved

August 27th, 2020

Dear Friends, When this pandemic began it was winter. You may remember it snowing while we were Safer At Home. Winter eventually gave way to spring, as it does, and life bloomed bright while we remained in quarantine. As the months[...]

Food, then and now

Food, then and now

August 6th, 2020

Thursday, August 6, 2020 | 16 Av 5780 Dear All, This week’s sidra, Eikev, is the week that introduced into English (via the King James version)  “man does not live by bread alone” and “a land flowing with milk and honey.”  It’s the week[...]

Out of the Crash

Out of the Crash

July 21st, 2020

Dear Friends, R’ Benay Lappe, who runs SVARA queer yeshiva in Chicago, teaches what she calls her “crash theory.” Every person and every group has a narrative that defines us and our beliefs, she says. This is called a “master story.”[...]

Hazon Detroit: Time to Grow

Hazon Detroit: Time to Grow

April 6th, 2020

Dear Friends, I was present once, when a teacher told a full room, “In the years ahead, we will be called to be both the hospice caretakers of the old world, the old structures, and midwives of the new one.” It[...]

Hazon Detroit: Ice Cores in Greenland

Hazon Detroit: Ice Cores in Greenland

March 12th, 2020

Dear Friends, At a conference last year, I got to visit Ohio State’s (I know: like Haman, boo!), Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. There, I heard from a lovely couple who had been working in the basement of the facility[...]

Hoda'ah Sermon

Hoda'ah Sermon

December 9th, 2019

By Rabbi Nate DeGroot Shabbat shalom and I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving yesterday with family and friends. It’s an honor and pleasure to be here with you on behalf of Hazon Detroit - the Jewish lab for sustainability, and a grateful partner of[...]

Building the Ark

Building the Ark

October 31st, 2019

By Rabbi Nate DeGroot In Parashat Noach, God promised to never destroy the earth again (Gen 8.21). But that says nothing of our precarious power as humans to jeopardize our own future1.  What could Noah have been thinking, we wonder2, as he[...]

Hazon Detroit: Shake Local

Hazon Detroit: Shake Local

October 31st, 2019

Dear Friends, Our rabbis say (Tosafot, Suk. 37b) that when we shake the lulav and etrog on Sukkot, “the trees of the forest sing with joy.” So that got us to wondering, what are the conditions that might allow the trees[...]