Bney Yosef North America has a terrific monthly newsletter that Yocheved has begun putting together. Besides some cool articles, announcements (the next Summit…) and graphics, it also has Torah teaching and even recipes! A special surprise for me is that I submitted an article that I am excited about for the BYNA website, but just saw it near the top of the newsletter… Check all of this out!!! (And, subscribe for future free monthly installments!)
Following is the beginning of the newsletter, here is the link for the whole thing! Please give feedback I can forward to Yocheved! (Interesting aside: The pic below was taken on the last evening of the First Congress in Israel. Next week we leave for the Second… 🙂 )
Bird’s Nest or Beehive? Where do you fit?
Pete Rambo, Operations Director, BYNA
One of the little pleasures I enjoy each Spring and Summer on our small farm is discovering a hidden bird’s nest. This year, inside of an eye-level overturned box in our garage, a Carolina wren took up residence and over several weeks built a nest and raised four chicks. Watching her, particularly in the timeframe after the eggs hatched, was exhausting. I know she was tired!
Like all mother birds, from first light until fading ray, this year’s wren was a flurry of activity. Besides guarding the nest from several area predators, she was gathering food for herself and her chicks. Go. Come. Jamb her beak into open mouths and feed. Go. Come. Repeat. Countless times.
In addition to bird nests, I also pay some attention to the several beehives we have on our farm. Bees are amazing creatures that God instilled an incredible team-working ethic in that never ceases to captivate me. There are thousands of bees in a hive yet every single one is hatched with a particular mission (gift?) that benefits the hive and all are busy utilizing their gifts for the good of the hive. Some are guards, others scouts, and many many workers. They bustle about day and night, guided by some unseen collective thought, working together to accomplish the monumental task of storing up a couple hundred pounds of honey for Winter survival, yet most will not even partake of the storehouse before literally working themselves to death. Their consuming focus is building for the next generation.
I built our first hive and included a glass side so we could see into the hive. Many evenings that first Summer, we would take flashlights out to see what the bees did at night and every time we looked, they were [continue reading]