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Tehillat HaYam: A Psalm of the Sea

By David Krantz

 

Our fate rests with the sea:

With every breath

We breathe air from the sea.

Yet,

 

Listen to the sea:

It cries from overfishing — greed and gluttony.

It cries from pollution — avarice and wastefulness.

It cries from heat — carbon consumption and apathy.

 

May we return to days of old:

Let the sea and all within it thrive.

Befriend the plankton and the minnow,

The coral and the turtle,

The seal and the shark,

The dolphin and the whale;

Like us, they are part of Creation.

 

May the waves lap the shore

As a mother cradles her child.

Let the sea once again be filled with fish

As stars fill the sky.

 

Listen to the sea.

 

 


 

David Krantz is the president and chairperson of Aytzim: Ecological Judaism.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eco-Quote

"Rabbi Yehudah HaNassi watched a calf being led to slaughter. The animal broke form the herd and hid itself under the rabbi's clothing, crying for mercy. But he pushed it away, saying, 'Go, for you were destined for this!' They said in heaven, 'Since he showed no compassion, let us bring suffering upon him.' For years afterward, the rabbi suffered from a series of painful illnesses. One day his servant was sweeping the house. She was about to sweep away some young weasels she found lying on the floor, but he told her, 'Leave them alone!' Then they said of him in heaven, 'Since he has shown compassion, let us be compassionate with him.' And he was cured."

- Babylonian Talmud: Bava Metzia 85a



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