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A Global Shofar Blast for the Climate

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

Let's make this Rosh Hashanah, and this Shmitah, the year when all of that changes. Let's get our institutions and portfolios to divest from Big Oil. Let's get our synagogues and communities to stand up for the Earth.

Arrogance or Love? The Biblical Story of Joseph

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Two years ago, my life-partner, co-author, and often co-teacher Rabbi Phyllis Berman and I wrote and Jewish Lights published a reinterpretation of the...

Beyond The Letter Of The Law: Jewish Ethical Investing In Light Of Climate Change

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 08.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

It is imperative that Jewish communities address the morality of investing in fossil fuel companies, whose fundamental operations imperil humanity and functional ecosystems.

Shmita: The Purpose Of Sinai

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

The whole purpose of the covenant at Sinai is to create a society that observed the sabbatical year. It is in a land where Shmita is observed that human beings will learn to respect the Earth herself, by remembering that none of us can own her.

3 Jewish Values For Earth Day

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

A Jewish view of environmental responsibility demands action and humility. We know that the world is not wholly ours to bend to our will. Rather, it is something given to us in trust for future generations.

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.

Religion And The Reality Of Climate Change

Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D. | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D.

Not all religious groups are as active in responding to climate change; indeed, some are actively denying it exists. But some organizations have realized that religious groups have an obligation to reinvigorate our society's conversation about climate change and hold policymakers' feet to the fire.

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.

Renewing Creation: Genesis And Sustainability

Jeremy Benstein, Ph.D. | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Jeremy Benstein, Ph.D.

The human mission is to work, to produce, to develop -- but at the same time to preserve, to guard, to be vigilant that the work doesn't get out of hand. It must remain, in a word, sustainable.

WATCH: A Sukkot Prayer For Rain

Rabbi Jacob Elisha Fine | Posted 12.04.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jacob Elisha Fine

We are living in a day when rain is often a curse. Both through absence and through excess, rain is bringing death. In our generation, Sukkot is an opportunity to wake up to the damage we are doing to the Living Waters.

Tar Sands And The Jewish Month Of Change

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb | Posted 10.31.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb

Change, repentance, is needed all around. Where we have over-consumed, let us scale back. Where we have ignored the cries of Creation, let us now heed them.

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.