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July 20, 2012

On Nature, Beauty, and Gratitude—Rebbe Nachman of Bratzlav and the Psalms

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Below is an inspirational 11-minute TED talk and presentation by Louie Schwartzberg, photographer and film-maker, that is well worth watching:

Rebbe Nachman of Bratzlav, one of Judaism’s greatest tzadikim, put it this way:

“How wonderful it would be if we were worthy of hearing the song of the grass; every blade of grass sings a pure song to God, expecting nothing in return. It is wonderful to hear its song and to worship God in its midst.” (Cited in A Hidden Light: Stories and Teachings of Early HaBad and Bratzlav Hasidism, by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Netanel Miles-Yepez, p. 235).

And never to be outdone, we read in Psalms 136:

Hodu LAdonai ki tov, ki l’olam chasdo…
L’Oseh niflaot g’dolot l’vado, ki l’olam chasdo.
L’Oseh hashamayim bitvunah, ki l’olam chasdo.
L’Roka ha-aretz al hamayim, ki l’olam chasdo.
L’Oseh orim g’dolim, ki l’olam hasdo…

“Give thanks to God, for God’s love is eternal…
Who made great wonders, for God’s love is eternal.
Who made the heavens with wisdom, for God’s love is eternal.
Who spread the earth over the waters, for God’s love is eternal.
Who made the great lights, for God’s love is eternal…”

Shabbat shalom!

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