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  1. PDF How Green Is Judaism? Exploring Jewish Environmental Ethics

    This article explores the Jewish approach to environmental ethics.1 It draws on the extensive contemporary literature on Judaism and the environment, including three articles which have been published in Judaism. This literature includes more than a score of scholarly and popular essays and articles as well as two volumes of essays.2 In

  2. How Green Is Judaism? Exploring Jewish Environmental Ethics

    The key to the Jewish contribution to environmental ethics lies in the concept of balance?balance between the values and needs of humans and the claims of nature, and between viewing nature as a source of life and moral values and as a threat to human life and social values.

  3. Judaism and the Environment

    Indeed, the biblical command to the first earthling to "till and protect" the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15) poses the paradigm for the desired relationship between humanity and the natural world: humans must care for the natural world of which they are part.

  4. How Green is Judaism? Exploring Jewish Environmental Ethics

    The key to the Jewish contribution to environmental ethics lies in the concept of balance—balance between the values and needs of humans and the claims of nature, and between viewing nature as a source of life and moral values and as a threat to human life and social values.

  5. How Green Is Judaism? Exploring Jewish Environmental Ethics

    The key to the Jewish contribution to environmental ethics lies in the concept of balance—balance between the values and needs of humans and the claims of nature, and between viewing nature as a ...

  6. Overview Essay

    Since 1970 Jewish religious environmentalists have examined the Bible in light of the ecological crisis whether to defend the Bible against various (Christian) misreadings (e.g., Cohen 1989), identify a distinctive ecological sensibility (Kay 1988 [2001]; Artson 1991-92 [2001]; Bernstein and Fink 1992; Bernstein 2000; 2005; Benstein 2006; Troste...

  7. Jewish Environmental Studies: a New Field

    texts, Jewish environmental thought, Jewish environmental ethics, the sociology of Jewish environmental activism, the analysis of external perspectives, and several others. The potential for re search in these disciplines seems almost unlimited. At this early stage, one of the greatest challenges for scholars in the emerging field of Jewish ...

  8. Judaism And Environmental Ethics: A Reader

    Martin D. Yaffe's Judaism and Environmental Ethics: A Reader is a well-conceived exploration of three interrelated questions: Does the Hebrew Bible, or subsequent Jewish tradition, teach...

  9. Judaism and Environmental Ethics: A Reader. Edited by Martin D. Yaffe

    Judaism and Environmental Ethics: A Reader, edited by Martin D. Yaffe, is an anthol ogy that endeavors to represent fairly the "state-of-the-art" on Judaism and environ mental ethics in a philosophically respectable manner. In large measure, it succeeds.

  10. PDF to my Stroum Lectures, Reading Jewish Texts in an Age of Climate Change

    Judith Plaskow, The Coming of Lilith: Essays on Feminism, Judaism, and Sexual Ethics, 1972-2003. (Beacon Press, 2005)—an invaluable collection of luminous short writings; the essay I talked about after my second lecture is "Preaching Against the Text" Environmental Studies & Climate Change

  11. Judaism and Environmental Ethics: A Reader (review)

    Judaism and Environmental Ethics: A Reader, edited by Martin D. Yaffe, is an anthology that endeavors to represent fairly the ''state-of-the-art'' on Judaism and environmental ethics in a philosophically respectable manner. In large measure, it succeeds.

  12. Green Jews

    In a raft of "Green" issues Judaism has a balanced and reasoned approach that could be a source of pride to Jews and a source of inspiration to the non-Jewish world. More importantly, it could lead to positive action, and "action is the principle thing" (Ethics of the Fathers 1:17).

  13. Judaism and Environmental Ethics: A Reader

    On classical Judaism and environmental crisis Jeremy Cohen -- The Hebrew view of nature E.l. Allen -- Concepts of nature in the Hebrew Bible Jeanne Kay - The forestry of the prophets Aldo...

  14. Judaism and environmentalism

    (August 2020) ( Learn how and when to remove this template message) Judaism and environmentalism intersect on many levels. The natural world plays a central role in Jewish law, literature, liturgy, and other practices. Within the arena of Jewish thought, beliefs vary widely about the human relationship to the environment. [1] [2]

  15. How Green is Judaism? Exploring Jewish Environmental Ethics

    Abstract: This article draws on ancient and medieval Jewish texts to explore the role of the physical environment in Jewish thought. It situates Jewish teachings in the context of the debate between anthropocentrism and ecocentrism, discusses the Jewish view of nature, and reviews various interpretations of an important Biblical precept of environmental ethics. It argues that while Jewish ...

  16. Living an Environmentally Conscious Jewish Life

    There is really no other way. Through mitzvot, minhagim and musar commandments, customs and ethics, Judaism makes ecological claims on us. A meaningful practicing Jewish life is by definition already an eco-conscious one. It works in reverse, too: Judaism, or any spiritual tradition for that matter, grounds and enriches our environmental ...

  17. An Ethics of Sustainability and Jewish Law

    This article addresses the issue of why it is important to ask for ethical responses to questions of sustainability and an ethics of an open future, and why the technocratic approach as practiced in most Western countries might not be sustainable. Second, it examines what a religious perspective has to offer for the discourse. In particular, this is the perspective of Jewish Law (halakhah ...

  18. The Environment in Jewish Law: Essays and Responsa on JSTOR

    It is easy to rattle off Jewish teachings about our duties toward the environment and to emphasize our tradition's ecological insights; we all know the texts (Ec. Rabbah 7:20, Deut. 20:19, etc.). The challenge comes when environmental concerns collide with desires for economic development or other values that compete for our commitments.

  19. The Emergence Of Environmentalism

    Overview. The word shoftim means "judges"; issues of jurisprudence and social ethics predominate in this Torah portion, including guidelines for the behavior of courts of law, elders in the community, the king, prophets, priests and even warfare.. In Focus "When, in your war against a city, you have to besiege it a long time in order to capture it, you must not destroy its trees ...

  20. Jewish Ethics

    Jewish bioethical discourse budded and bloomed after World War II; tracts on social, environmental, warfare, and political moral issues exploded in the 1960s and 1970s; first generations of feminist and covenantal ethics emerged in the 1980s and 1990s; a return to virtue ethics took root in the 1990s and early 2000s; and a renewed concern with ...

  21. Guides: Jews and the Natural Sciences: Environment

    The Environment in Jewish Law: Essays and Responsa. New York: Berghahn Books, 2003. Van Pelt Library. KBM3127 .E58 2003 . ... Aldo Leopold and the Development of Jewish Environmental Ethics," pp. 373-396 in, The Legacy of Hans Jonas: Judaism and the Phenomenon of Life (Brill, 2008) edd. Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Christian Wiese. Van Pelt Library.

  22. Between Jew and Nature: Tracing Jewish Ethics in The Ecological ...

    literature, and Jewish environment ethics. I hope to provide an alternative vision of modern American Jewish imagination and its relation to the non-human environment. I argue that this relation takes shape in Jewish culture due in part to its historical context: a context marked by Diaspora and as-similation. I enlist Emmanuel Lévinas's ...

  23. PDF The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality

    some essays in the second section of the book are more descriptive Sinclair's essay on end-of-life issues) while others are more ideologically (e.g., Arthur Waskow's essay on environmental ethics).