Chabad Hosts Thousands of Eclipse-Chased Across America – Centers along its path offered a Jewish perspective on the spectacle in the sky – Chabad-Lubavitch News

A total solar eclipse streaked across the United States Monday, Aug. 21. In its 70-mile-wide path, people saw the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into darkness, with trails of light streaming through the sky around the silhouette of the moon.

Millions of people witnessed the historic spectacle as the eclipse traveled a path from Oregon to South Carolina. Chabad centers along its route hosted informative and inspirational programs to provide a Jewish perspective on the event.

Streamers of light are often visible around the silhouette of the moon during a solar eclipse, which will take place next on Monday, Aug. 21.
From space, the moon’s shadow during a solar eclipse appears as a dark spot moving across Earth. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Chabad of South Carolina in Columbia is planning to mail solar eclipse kits to community members in advance of the natural phenomenon. In it will be special viewing glasses like these. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Source: Chabad Hosts Thousands of Eclipse-Chasers Across America – Centers along its path offer a Jewish perspective on the spectacle in the sky – Chabad-Lubavitch News

 

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One step closer to Eden via Cristian Mihai

Awake from the north and come from the south!  Blow upon My garden and let its spices flow.  Let My beloved come to his garden and partake of its precious fruit.
— Song of Songs 4:16

Would the world be better off without mankind?

Many environmentalists think so.  It’s hard to deny that, from a purely ecological point of view, life on earth would do much better without human beings around to interfere with the natural order.

But without mankind, there would be no point and, ultimately, no reason for the world to exist at all.  Only Man seeks to create; only Man strives to become more than he is; and only Man directs his efforts toward ideals that transcend mere survival and procreation.

If we are to act as responsible custodians of the world, however, we have to stop from time to time and let the world remind us what those ideals are.

via One step closer to Eden — Via Cristian Mihai