Published on April 25th, 2017 | by Organic Torah0
About Organic Torah
As global citizens we are experiencing a time of major crisis and also the opportunity for groundbreaking innovation. Our fraying environmental and social fabric has brought us to the brink of climate disaster, vital resource depletion, and social and political disintegration. The American Jewish community, along with most American faith traditions, feels the ties of tradition weakening and affiliation declining. Yet, within these upheavals seeds long buried may begin to sprout. People are looking to bring together what has been torn apart.
–Rabbi A.I. Kook
Organic Torah integrates ancient Jewish wisdom with new directions in modern thought such as ecological and systems thinking which emphasize networks of relationship, context and patterns of connection. This new approach to Jewish texts focuses on their patterns, recovers their organic vibrancy, and opens them up so that we can see their relevance to modern lives.
The renowned Jewish thinker Rabbi A.I. Kook famously said we should “renew the old and make the new holy.” We renew the old by using contemporary tools to gain access to old treasures of Jewish wisdom, and we make the new holy by adding Jewish wisdom to modern efforts to solve problems in environment, education and social justice.
Organic Torah works to spread understanding of this new synthesis between old and new through publications, conferences, workshops and more. Among our current projects are:
MEMBERSHIP – In 2018-2019, Members will receive monthly translations and commentaries on never-before-translated Jewish spiritual teachings, focusing this year on Derekh Ha’Melekh by the Piacetzner Rebbe whose amazing teachings are vital sources for the Organic Torah perspective. They are also invited to members’ webinars to discuss those translation and other topics. They also receive discounts on all classes and seminars, as well as other member benefits. Learn more at organictorah.org/membership.
MEMBERS’ WEBINARS – Members are invited to come together in periodic webinars to discuss the monthly translations, hear from special guests, and more.
FOCUS ON YOUNG ADULTS – Organic Torah’s approach engages with the progressive concerns and dynamic interests of today’s young adults. We focus together on breaking down old barriers and ways of thinking about science and spirituality, food and environmental justice, creativity and love of nature. Organic Torah prioritizes outreach to a variety of groups within the Jewish young adult community.
PUBLICATIONS – In addition to multiple articles and blogs, Rabbi Margalit is now seeking a respected publisher for his book The Pearl and the Flame: Ancient Wisdom for a Complex World. This book will be a major platform for Organic Torah’s perspective and projects. For writing samples, by Rabbi Margalit, visit organictorah.org/category/writings/.
SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE — Classes, Shabbatons, one-day seminars, or retreats are planned with Rabbi Margalit, tailored to the interests of the host community. For suggested program topics, visit organictorah.org/scholar-in-residence/.
Bringing together old and new, science and religion, heart and mind, Organic Torah is planting the seeds of a new Tree of Life, bringing excitement and creativity back to Judaism and bringing to bear ancient wisdom to help solve the urgent problems of our world.