Nature & the Environment
Beginning with the first chapters of the Torah, Judaism establishes a fundamental connection between human beings and animals. The rabbis later introduce the concept of tzaar baalei hayim, demanding that we take animal suffering seriously.Read More
Practices and TraditionsThe Sabbatical Year
The biblical shemitah represents an alternative to consumer society.Bal Tashchit
The Torah prohibits wasteful destruction.Stewardship of the Earth
As humans and Jews we have a responsibility to take care of the earth.Guests in God's World
A talmudic metaphor with implications for global environmental sustainability.Nature & the Environment 101
To whom does the earth really belong? For whose benefit does it exist?
Modern InsightsEco-conscious Jewish Life
A Jewish spiritual approach.Sustainability
What does it mean to eat in a Jewish way?Taking Root in the Jewish CSA Movement
Kosher, local and yummy.Biodiversity
Diminishing biodiversity diminishes God's glory.Video: Going Green
A hilarious how-to with Todd & God.
We are partners in creation, but with limits.What is our Responsibility to Other Creatures?
A Jewish perspective on animal suffering and conservation.Green Jews
Jews need to put environmental issues higher on their agenda.Composting
Turning and returning.Creation Story
A complex relationship between human beings and the natural world.
BooksThe Way into Judaism and the Environment
Edited by Jeremy BensteinEcology and the Jewish Spirit: Where Nature and the Sacred Meet
Edited by Ellen BernsteinTorah of the Earth: Exploring 4,000 Years of Ecology
Edited by Arthur WaskowJudaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed World
Edited by Hava Tirosh-SamuelsonTrees, Earth, and Torah: A Tu B'Shevat Anthology
Edited by Ari Elon et al.