My project is to record a new album of songs that express my connection with the land, with soul, with each other, with learning and growing, with the gift of life.
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Shmita Stories from individuals
I learned about Shmita a few months ago via Judaism Unbound. I started reading about it and remembered a story I had heard about RIP Medical Debt – and it just seemed like such an obvious match. RIP is a platform that has a very easy method to set up a debt relief campaign. They are the ones who engage in the actual purchase and abolition of debt. So I created a campaign through RIP to collect funds to relieve people of medical debt.
I am making a commitment to raise my voice about the urgent need to address climate change and will contact my senators, representative, and the White House *by phone* an average of one out of every seven days–so at least 52 calls. I started today by adding the DC and local office phone numbers to my contact list, and then made my first calls to Senator Hickenlooper and Senator Bennet! I regularly send emails and letters and sign petitions to my elected representatives, but only rarely pick up the phone. Phone calls have a greater impact and for the shmita year I’m making that a priority! I will be getting ideas on what is timely and most relevant to talk about from Jewish Earth Alliance, Dayenu, 350.org, Food and Water Watch, Interfaith Power & Light, Hazon’s advocacy alerts, and others.
This year, we will be expanding our Meatless Mondays to at least two additional days per week, finding new ways to cut our electricity usage, and exploring our renewable energy options in the Chicago area. We will also be trying new plant-based alternatives, and low-cost energy saving products (like outlets that can be turned off) to keep it going.
This year, beginning on Rosh Hashanah, my husband and I have made a commitment to only buy essentials (food, gas, home repairs) and nothing else.
Each week throughout the shmita year, my fiance and I will choose one new item that we regularly purchase for our house to switch to a no plastic or zero-waste alternative. Throughout the shmita year, we should collect 52 new consumption habits, since this year is also a Jewish leap year.