Why HaMirpeset Sheli, The View from My Porch, as the title of this blog? The porch is a place of solitude, of individual reflection. It can be a place to feel small and, yet, to think and dream big. It is a place for watching and for listening. There are times when the Mirpeset is a social gathering place and others when it is a place for problem solving, crisis management, and just plain old group thinking. I choose this frame, this locale, for it is a place:
- To think quietly;
- To dream;
- To observe the world from above the fray of the stress of the day to day;
- To engage in conversation, Human and Divine
all in the name of the Jewish present and the Jewish future.
As much as the porch is a Place to sit and think, to reflect and relax, it is also a place to act, or minimally to create the plan to act, and then to get up, go, and do, to execute, to make it - the future - happen. In our Jewish world today, thinking is not enough. Action must follow thought and study:
גדול תלמוד - שהתלמוד מביא לידי מעשה
ספרי דברים, מא
Greater is the study of Torah for it leads to action.
Sifre Devarim 41
And so this is a place for thinking about and acting for:
in today’s Jewish world for the Jewish world of tomorrow.
So ברוכים הבאים למרפסת שלי - Welcome to The View from My Porch.