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Can We See All Earth as the Sacred Temple of Today?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 09.21.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

How can we draw on the ancient wisdom of Biblical Israel as an indigenous people in sacred relationship with the Earth? How can we use this storehouse of wisdom toward helping heal all Humanity and Mother Earth today, from a crucial planetary crisis threatening the very life and health of all of us?

Communal Meals Without Plastic

Rabbi Mary Zamore | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Mary Zamore

This week, throughout the world, synagogues and Jewish Community Centers will gather to mark Tu B'shevat, the birthday of the trees, by holding specia...

Thanksgivukkah 2 Coming Sooner Than You Think! Climate Change Coming Sooner!

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

Maybe you can add the priestly blessing that parents say to children on Friday night, or the prayer for Creation on neohasid.org. But remember, we who will ultimately pass this world on to our children will only get to wish this blessing once.

ReNaming God, ReNaming the Climate Crisis

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

For millennia, many readers of the Bible (including me) have experienced the moments when the Voice pronounces a new Name to Moses as among the moment...

Why Is the 'Tinderbox West' the New Normal?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In Arizona a few weeks ago, 19 highly skilled firefighters were killed by a fire in what the New York Times called "Deadly New Normal: A Tinderbox West."

Kabbalah and Fracking Don't Mix; or, The Fracking Solution

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 09.23.2013 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

In Kabbalah, the very symbol of blessing and of divine wisdom, of emergence and life, of Chesed (or "lovingkindness"), is water. If we take these ideas seriously, then the water that stays in the fracked rock is deprived of fulfilling its deepest purpose.

Shavuot: A Call For An Agrarian Torah

Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman | Posted 07.15.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

Health, well-being and, ultimately, collective redemption will come from home, family and land being part of a sacred system where each feeds the others. This is the heart of an agrarian Torah.

Shavuot: The 'I' Of Sinai And The Nag Hammadi Gnostics

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

My sense of the meaning of Shavuot, a Jewish holiday that begins in the evening on May 14, has been deeply transformed by an ancient teaching from the Nag Hammadi library, a collection of Gnostic texts.

Passover/Holy Week: Challenging Climate Pharaohs, Climate Caesars

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

We invite you to draw on that "template" for an action, modifying it as best meets the needs and outlook of your community.

Tu Bishvat: Moving From Light To Dark Green Environmentalism

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

While the present Jewish environment movement has been doing a very good job on educating and activating the Jewish community on the issues of food sustainability and energy conservation, there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done.

Tu Bishvat: Rebirthing Trees And The Tree Of Life

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 03.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Let us learn together, celebrate together, act together to rescue and heal our Earth from the Crushers in our own society.

Speak And Act As Prophets Did: The Teachings Of Dr. King And Rabbi Heschel

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 03.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Forty years have passed since Dr. King and Rabbi Heschel worked and witnessed among us. Perhaps, like a biblical generation that represents a pregnant pause before a major transformation, we may be ready to act for a transformative rebirth in our time.

Israel, Palestine And Torah: Toward A Deeper Understanding

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

This process is rooted in the dark underside of the best teaching of Torah, "Love the stranger, the pariah, for you were strangers, pariahs, in the Land of Egypt." This is repeated 36 times in the Torah. Why? Because to repeat the command so often means it is being rejected, disobeyed.

The Rainbow: Shattered Or Transformed? A Prophetic Outcry

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 12.16.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In the light of that Danger of Desolation hovering before us in our generation, let me offer what follows as a supplementary reading for this coming Shabbat, when Jews read the second portion of the Torah about God's decision to reverse and undo Creation with a flood.

Interfaith Education And Activism To Protect Earth

Yonatan Neril | Posted 10.04.2012 | Religion
Yonatan Neril

Why is the religious community so important in this regard? Because the environmental crisis conveys a deep message: the widespread human degradation of the natural world indicates that our way of life is out of balance

Curb Your Appetite: Numbers 8:1-12:16

Rabbi Sid Schwarz | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Sid Schwarz

We need to approach the act of eating in a way far more mindful than is currently the case. In this week's biblical portion, Beha'alotcha, we have perhaps the archetypical biblical story of what consumption looks like without mindfulness.

The Earth Is The Lord’s: Our Responsibility For God’s Creation

Rabbi Jacob Elisha Fine | Posted 07.22.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jacob Elisha Fine

Those of us whose faith demands that we protect all of God's Creation should be vocal in defending our holy texts from those whose shortsighted anthropocentrism causes them to deny the earth's fragility and human culpability.

Faith Inspires: The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development

Posted 03.09.2012 | Religion

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My Fracking Nightmare And A Jewish Ritual Of Dream Interpretation

Mirele B. Goldsmith, Ph.D. | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Mirele B. Goldsmith, Ph.D.

What was the revelation contained in my dream? In my dream I felt the pain of the earth. I also felt the shame of the perpetrator. I felt relieved when the people around me joined in to call out the abuser.

Tu Bishvat Seder: A Kabbalistic Celebration Of Trees

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 04.08.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Kabbalist's believe that eating 10 specific fruits and drinking four cups of wine in a specific order while reciting the appropriate blessings would bring human beings, and the world, closer to spiritual perfection

Tu Bishvat: The Roots Of Torah

Rabbi Rachel Kobrin | Posted 04.08.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kobrin

As children, we cherish the opportunity to climb a tree. So too, we strive to ascend Torah, grasping its multiple branches of interpretation and reaching for higher meaning.

Jewish Inaction On Climate Change Is Unacceptable

Joelle Novey | Posted 02.08.2012 | Religion
Joelle Novey

In this critical moment of confronting irreparable damage to our Earth, it's high time for Jewish leaders to stop wondering which climate-polluting projects may be in some short-term Jewish interest.

A Jewish Eco-Theology

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 01.30.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

We are created in the image of God, but we are not God. Humanity's unparalleled wisdom and power needs to be tempered by humility.

Recovering Ancient Scripture To Face Modern Challenges

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 10.24.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

For the modern reader, Deuteronomy's strict doctrine of reward and punishment can be troubling: Obey God and prosper; disobey God and suffer. But is that the way the world works?

Finding The Divine In Community On Shavuot

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 08.07.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

On Shavuot, we are reminded that our communal effort to bring healing to the planet and fellow human beings is covenantal work imbued with the spirit of the Divine.