The Environmentally Conscious Jewish Home

For Jewish families, caring for the environment could be part of a wider consciousness of living in a world that is a divine gift.

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Like the activities mentioned in the Woman of Valor, composting has been practiced since ancient times. It is a simple and natural process of letting organic matter (pareve foods, without dairy or meat products, along with leaves, grass, etc.) break down until it forms humus, a product that helps all plants to grow. Obviously, composting is not just good for growing plants; it is also an excellent way to deal with waste.

Being environmentally conscious is an integral part of Jewish home life. It is a lifestyle based on doing, a lifestyle designed to impress examples upon one's children. Perhaps the motto of Israel's "Compost 2000" plant best sums up the environmentally conscious Jewish home. That motto is: "We did not inherit the world from our forefathers; we received it on loan from our children."

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Deborah Rubin Fields is a children's writer based in Jerusalem.? She publishes both fiction and non-fiction for very young children on upward to adolescents.? Currently, she is finishing an elementary school workbook dealing with Judaism and the environment.