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Shemita, the Sabbatical Year, comprises a number of the 613 commandments (mitzvot) of the Torah . With today's environmental challenges, these mitzvot may be more relevant and needed today than at any time in Jewish and world history. We will explore each of these commandments in an attempt to understand their timeless wisdom and application for today's world-a world which so desperately needs a shift in our collective consciousness. The Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment is a partnership project organized by Canfei Nesharim and Jewcology, with support from the ROI Community, a community of young Jewish innovators founded by Lynn Schusterman, and the Shedlin Outreach Foundation.
A discussion about the Food Safety Bill in conjunction with Joseph's participation in the food system in Egypt. Originally published for the Hazon CSA Listserve.
Article on Jewish perspectives on material consumptio. These materials are posted as part of Jewcology’s “Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment,” in partnership with Canfei Nesharim. Learn more at http://www.jewcology.com/content/view/Year-of-Jewish-Learning-on-the-Environment.
An analysis of the "burning bush" as a call to awareness. Originally published for distribution on the Hazon CSA listserve.
American Jewish World service publishes divrei Torah for each major Jewish holiday, which explore themes of social justice that emerge from that holiday. Visit http://tinyurl.com/chagvchesed to sign up to receive this publication by e-mail.
As a former disaster manager turned rabbinical student, I have been thinking much about March’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the role of God in disasters.
Surviving a Tornado on the threshold of Pesach brings new messages of freedom in the face of disaster,
An article on prayer and the environment.These materials are posted as part of Jewcology’s “Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment,” in partnership with Canfei Nesharim. Learn more at http://www.jewcology.com/content/view/Year-of-Jewish-Learning-on-the-Environment.
At Purim, Esther is made to "be prepared" to respond to a pending disaster in her community. Her message is enduring - that being prepared transcends to all potential calamities - including, of course, natural disasters.
A very famous poem from the Rosh HaShanah liturgy, known as Unetanneh Tokef, bespeaks a multitude of calamities which might befall one during the upcoming year. We can take action. We can prepare. September is designated as National Preparedness Month across the United States.