After visiting the Dachau Concentration Camp for the very first time, I felt the usual sensations of shock and lowness. What caught me totally off guard were the bone chilling and piercing cries of the song birds in the surrounding majestic trees, that are still ringing loudly in my ears. . It was as if these birds were heaven sent, telling the visitors that this was much more than a history lesson, it is a shot of epinephrine to jump start our hearts and souls.
In 1930, German author Walther Darré’s book introduced the concept of Blut und Boden, Blood and Soil, which called out for eugenics program to enrich German racial purity. The ramifications of this policy were nothing less than horrific. Jews were weeded out of society, like weeds in the garden. What are then the lessons to be learned from the holocaust? We should never forget that the righteous intension to cleanse our hearts and souls should ever be confused with the perverted desires to purify a master race. Second, we should never confuse the desire to connect with the land to garden our spirits, with the militaristic desires to appropriate land for a greater Vaterland.
Lest we never forget that the Germany that became infested with the Nazi ideology is the same Germany that created the kindergarten. What most people fail to comprehend is that kindergarten is German for kinder-gardening. The 19th pedagogues understood that gardening was a natural method for conditioning the children’s spirit as well as the mind and body. This is also the same that created universal access to gardening through allotment gardens.
And what can we do, working together to ensure this never happens again? We shall march out united in our community gardens to root out and compost hate. Then we shall sow sunflower seeds in fields of hope and dreams. Weeding out Hatred is a potent prayer for unclogging our respective spiritual roots.
We shall protect and fortify our Jewish roots at all costs. We shall root feed them and systemically treat them so that any attack on the leaves of the Tree of Israel would be self-destructive. This is not about land swaps nor about entitlements. Israel and her neighbors need to learn to work together closely as future community gardeners.
These are the same roots that for two thousand years have been extending spiritual Wandering Jew shoots (in exile) onto the Nations of the World, for connecting us with them and them with us. These are the same Jewish shoots that can re-connect with kindergarten all over the world, one again. Teaching ourselves to weed out hate on a global scale is a heavenly way to break the hate cycle.
Eight billion stardust souls are ready to upstream their way back the roots into the Garden. This is the spiritual law of return. After six thousand years we would have built up our resistance, against all odds, for savoring that once forbidden fruit connection with our Creator as one united soul with one united heart.