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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 10:36 am

Following the torrential rains and high winds brought by the remnants of Hurricane Rosa, walking down the hallway to my office became an obstacle course. Our temple is filled with the sounds of heavy-duty fans drying out the carpet. The stucco from the soggy ceiling above must be replaced after the rain damage is repaired. A few weeks ago the Northwest Valley also lost thousands of mature trees, torn up by their roots in a strong wind and rain storm.

We just finished taking down our Sukkah after hanging out for a week in the hut designed to make us vulnerable to wind and rain. I thought about the author Henry David Thoreau, who tried living in a hut for two years. Why did Thoreau do it? In his book “Walden,” he writes, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to [con]front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach … I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life … to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.”

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