And on that day, your construction will no longer be, son of man, that which destroys the majesty of the world's own construction, and the beauty of your building a blemish in the sphere of cosmic beauty... And you shall learn Torah from the mouth of nature, the Torah of building and creating and you shall learn to do as nature does in everything you build and in everything you create. And so in all your ways and in all your life you will learn to be a partner in creation.
-- Aaron David Gordon, secular Zionist thinker, 1910
The readings below were selected from the Merkaz Hamagshimim Hadassah Tu B'Shvat Seder: A Tu B'Shvat Haggadah - Celebrating our Kinship with the Earth.
And if you ask me of God, my God,
"Where is God that in joy we may worship?"
Here on earth too God lives, not in Heaven alone.
A striking fir, a rich furrow, in them you will find God's likeness.
Divine image incarnate in every high mountain.
Wherever the breath of life flows,
You will find God embodied. And God's household? All being:
The gazelle, the turtle, the shrub, the cloud pregnant with thunder.
God in creation is God's eternal name.
-- Saul Tchernikovsky, poet of the Haskalah (Enlightenment)
Master of the Universe, grant me the ability to be alone;
May it be my custom to go outdoors each day
Among the trees and grass - among all growing things
And there may I be alone, and enter into prayer, to talk with
the One to whom I belong.
May I express there everything in my heart,
And may all the foliage of the field - all grasses trees and plants -
Awake at my coming, to send the powers of their life into
the words of my prayer
So that my prayer and speech are made whole
Through the life and spirit of all growing things,
Which are made as one by their transcendent Source.
May I then pour out the words of my heart
Before your Presence like water, O Lord,
And lift up my hands to You in worship, on my behalf, and
that of my children!
-- Reb Nachman of Bratslav (1772-1810)