Moving Forward in Times of Gridlock

It's easy to get caught up in what's NOT working these days... from the "via-doom" traffic situation here in Seattle, to the Federal government's partial shut-down. We know that these situations are real and that their effects can be felt... mildly, by some, and much more severely by others. Gridlock, whether physical or metaphorical, is painful.That said, at Kavana, we have always prided ourselves on our ability to focus on what IS working, what possibilities there CAN be, and where there is potential for FORWARD MOTION.

It's easy to get caught up in what's NOT working these days... from the "via-doom" traffic situation here in Seattle, to the Federal government's partial shut-down. We know that these situations are real and that their effects can be felt... mildly, by some, and much more severely by others. Gridlock, whether physical or metaphorical, is painful.

That said, at Kavana, we have always prided ourselves on our ability to focus on what IS working, what possibilities there CAN be, and where there is potential for FORWARD MOTION.

This weekend was a perfect storm for that kind of positive, constructive outlook. Jewish communities everywhere read Parashat Beshallach and celebrated the Israelites' move from slavery to freedom with song! Tu BiShevat reminded us that spring is just around the corner. The words of Martin Luther King Jr felt more powerful and relevant than ever this year. And the success of Limmud Seattle (fueled in no small part by folks in our Kavana community!) demonstrated the power of the idea that we are all teachers and learners.

We hope that you'll enjoy the photo montage below... and that the hope that springs eternal here in our community will soon trickle out into the world, thawing blockages and allowing traffic to flow, government to function, and a taste of redemption to be felt in the world!