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Chad Gadya – Goats Just in Time for Pesach

20150329_135140Not just one kid, but eight!  Beautiful, healthy baby goats all born in the week leading up to Pesach to Boulder’s Jewish Goat Co-op, also known as Beit Izim.  First there was Alfalfa who birthed triplets on Sunday with great help from Ru and Bob Wing and, miraculously, Bat Mitzvah student Becca Bloom, who confidently stuck in her arm and hand delivered number two!

Becca and the baby
Becca and the baby

 

 

Becca before going in!
Becca before going in!

 

Beaming Becca
Beaming Becca

 

 

Happy Becca
Happy Becca

 

 

 

 

 

On Monday Clover gave birth to two boys in the presence of some of Bonai Shalom’s staff!

Bonai Staff and new babies
Bonai Staff and new babies

 

Finally in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Black Diamond produced three more, again with much help and encouragement from our friends in the Wings who always know what to do, along with other members of the goat co-op! If you would like an opportunity to name any of these eight baby goats and to support our co-op, Beit Izim, please click here.

Clover and her babies 2015
Clover and her babies 2015

I had the enormous privilege of being present at the births of all eight of these precious creatures, which was very moving.  Bob asked if I could come up with a bracha, a blessing on the occasion of the new births.  What came to me was: “Baruch hamakom sh’notayn chayim l’kol habriot – Blessed is the Source (literally the Place) who gives life to all creatures.”  There is nothing more life affirming than seeing an animal give birth and witnessing the power of natural instincts as the mother licks clean her young and as the kids fumble to find the source of the their mother’s milk.

Spring is really hear!  We see blossoms on the trees, feel sunshine our face, smell the earth and witness birth and renewal all around us.  One of the other names for Pesach is Chag HaAviv, the Spring Festival, and the complicated calculations of the Jewish calendar are all to ensure that we celebrate this Festival of Freedom during the spring, with the buds of hope blooming.  Baby goats are a powerful manifestation of the wonder and beauty of this season and its promise of rebirth.  These kids are not for sale; especially not for a mere two zuzim! 

Nursing Mazal tov to us all and Happy Spring Festival! Chag sameach!

Black Diamond and her babies 2
Black Diamond and her babies

 

About Rabbi Marc Soloway

Marc is a native of London, England where he was an actor and practitioner of complimentary medicine before training as a rabbi in London, Jerusalem and Los Angeles. He was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies at the American Jewish University in 2004 and has been the the spiritual leader at Bonai Shalom in Boulder ever since. Marc was a close student of Rabbi Zalman Schechter Shalomi and received an additional smicha (rabbinic ordination) from him in 2014, just two months before he died. He has been the host and narrator of two documentary films shown on PBS; A Fire in the Forest: In Search of the Baal Shem Tov and Treasure under the Bridge: Pilgrimage to the Hasidic Masters of Ukraine. Marc is a graduate of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, a fellow of Rabbis Without Borders, has traveled to Ghana in a rabbinic delegation with American Jewish World Service and co-chair of the Rabbinical Council and national board member of Hazon, which strives to create more sustainable Jewish communities. In 2015, Marc was among a group of 12 faith leaders honored at The White House as “Champions of Change” for work on the climate. Marc is a proud member of Beit Izim, Boulder’s Jewish goat milking co-op.

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2 comments

  1. i want to meet the goats and help feed and love them