David’s tree story « Treewhispers

David’s tree story « Treewhispers: “1 DAVID’S TREE STORY.

2 Growing up in Northfield, we had two trees in the

3 front yard that were probably 50 yards apart. And my

4 father — I had two brothers. My father had the idea

5 of putting a rope high between the two trees and

6 fixing a pulley system with a rope and a round seat.

7 And then he took a — probably a one-story ladder,

8 leaned it up against the higher tree, and you could

9 take the swing up with you, put the round swing

10 between your legs and glide down between the trees.

11 And so that was our own little amusement park in the

12 front yard

13 Anyone ever get hurt?

14 No. No one ever got hurt surprisingly. We even got

15 creative in the fall. We would rake the leaves and

16 then burn them. And then of course you’d go over

17 them — not flaming, but smoldering. Do something

18 kind of daring.

19 But the trees weren’t, you know, extremely mature.

20 And now I drive by the house in Northfield and

21 they’re fortunately still there. But they’re very

22 mature.

23 Did you bend them?

24 No, they were quite strong when we had them. But the”

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Friendship between nations

While the start of High Holy Days is here, there’s still time to help hungry Jewish people during this sacred time of year.
Your contribution to IFCJ’s High Holy Days Campaign will help us provide both basic staples and special holiday foods so needy Jews can observe this sacred season with dignity.
This year the High Holy Days are arriving amid unease and rising tensions. Jewish people around the world continue to face anti-Semitism and discrimination, while growing unrest in the Holy Land means the government is forced to spend more of its resources to fight terrorism and defend her borders.
As a result, there are even less resources available to help the most vulnerable — elderly men and women, including Holocaust survivors who have no family to care for them — destitute children who go to bed hungry at night — and the impoverished families who struggle to provide even the most basic of necessities.
My friend, these people are suffering and urgently need our help.
That is why I am asking you to reach out to ease their burden and give them a chance to observe the High Holy Days with dignity.
“Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness”(Isaiah 58:10).
With prayers for shalom, peace,

Rabbi Sig

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
The biblically based High Holy Days begin with Rosh Hashanah and span the 10 days until Yom Kippur — the Day of Atonement.