Build houses and dwell in them, and plant gardens and eat their fruit.
Our ancestors were inextricably linked to the earth. Their well-being depended on the success of their crops. Many of our Jewish holidays are tied to the agricultural cycle — Sukkot reminds us of the temporary dwelling farmers would live in during harvesting; Shavuot is the holiday of the first fruits.
In this time of climate change, a connection with the earth is essential. We must learn to be good stewards of the land, water, and air that sustains all of creation. Together, let us be shomrei adamah, guardians of the earth.