Re-Pacing and (Self) Renewal

This essay by Rabbi Jeremy Benstein is an exploration of the idea and concept of ‘sustainability’, deepening this worldview by linking it with cycles of time, cycles of renewal, and Shmita.

Here’s the rub: our lives and the society we live in are unsustainable. There is ample proof of this. And so we, the activists – top-downer policy wonks, and bottom-upper grassrooters – shout from the rooftops that we need to be sustainable. Yet even as we mount campaign after campaign, we know in our heart of hearts that this is not the ultimate ideal we should be striving for. We feel that we must promote sustainability as a necessary minimum. At the very least, we must be sustainable – for how can it be otherwise?