Science and Ecology

Stop the Machine! — The Sabbatical Year Principle

The biblical shemitah represents an alternative to the consumer society.

Humans as Co-creators: Co-owners as Well?

A Talmudic legal parable illustrates that, although they may have improved the natural world, humans do not own it. We may transcend nature, but we are also part of it.

Nature and Holiness in the Writings of Priests and Prophets

To the Israelite prophets, humans are central to the relationship of God and the created world...

In the Theocentric Universe, Human Beings Are Not Masters

Powerful passages in the Book of Job teach that the world, and the animals in particular, must not be abused or exploited by human beings.

The Genesis Creation Story: Permission to Despoil?

A Bible scholar takes issue with those who blame the Book of Genesis for Western culture's exploitative disregard for nature.

The Natural World and our Need for Wonder

When we perceive, at rare moments, that behind the natural world is a realm of the unknown and inexplicable, we attain awareness of holiness

Urbanization and Land Use: A Biblical Model

The design of the Levites’ urban settlements featured open spaces and regional integration.

Humans as Guests in God’s World

A talmudic metaphor teaches that human beings are responsible for ensuring that the world achieves global environmental sustainability.

The Earth’s Reward: Enjoy Its Fruit, but Protect Its Fruitfulness

The Torah teaches us to value human life -- as part of a sustainable world.

Jewish Bioethics 101

The relationship between Jewish law, Jewish ethics, and the ethical principles of general society are navigated differently by different Jewish authorities. However, there is one principle that can be singled out for its prominence in Jewish bioethical di