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Call me Anat.

אהבת אדמה

Kaph . . .

Is the 11th letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet.
Means palm of the hand and stands for the number 20.
Believes one must love in order to know, and not the other way around.
Explores the intersection of ecology and religious texts.
Adores the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament/Tanakh.
Is a PhD, preacher, hiker, wife (of Tua, known as bruorton), mother of two cats (Soph Pasuq and Nymphadora Tonks), Episcopalian, cook, political independent, teacher, environmentalist, friend (not necessarily in that order).
Loves things that are useless - poetry, music, sabbath, prayer, unspoiled wilderness and water.
Doesn't usually write simplistic autobiographies and feels a bit silly right now.

"Love all Creation.
The whole of it and every grain of sand.
Love every leaf,
Every ray of God’s light.
Love the animals.
Love the plants.
Love everything.
If you love everything,
You will perceive
The divine mystery in things.
And once you have perceived it,
You will begin to comprehend it ceaselessly,
More and more every day.
And you will at last come to love the whole world,
With an abiding universal love."

--Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"Are we still able to understand what a sacrament means? The more we are estranged from nature, the less we can answer affirmatively. . . . For in the sacraments nature participates in the process of salvation. Bread and wine, water and light, and all the great elements of nature become the bearers of spiritual meaning and saving power. Natural and spiritual powers are united, reunited in the sacrament."

--Paul Tillich

"Do not fear, O soil;
be glad and rejoice,
for the Lord has done great things!
Do not fear, you animals of the field,
for the pastures of the wilderness are green;
the tree bears its fruit,
the fig tree and the vine give their full yield."

--Joel 2.21-22

"Maiden Anat rejoices; she stamps her feet and the earth shakes. . . .
Maiden Anat laughs; she lifts her voice and shouts!"

"As with the heart of a cow towards her calf,
As with the heart of a ewe towards her lamb,
So is the heart of Anat towards Baal.
She seizes Death, ripping his garments;
She closes in on him, ripping his clothes.
She lifts her voice and shouts,
'Come, Death, yield my brother!' "

--Baal Cycle
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