Environmentalism

Dvar Torah

How do we transform the lesson of Tu BiSh’vat – our responsibility to care for the earth and honor the foods of the season – into something that is relevant to us at each meal with which we are blessed?

Offline Source Sheet

This is one lesson from the Big Green Jewish Edible garden resource for Key Stage 2 (Late Elementary) (http://ow.ly/5T6t6). Fusing Jewish texts, secular curriculum and hands on gardening, this resource inspires young people to understand the process of producing fresh fruit and vegetables and encourages them to eat healthily and sustainably
This source sheet comes from the introduction to the Big Green Jewish Carbon Ration resource (http://ow.ly/4AkVZ) and outlines general principles of Jewish environmentalism as well as specific Jewish values that relate to consumption of resources and can be applied to the possibility of carbon rationing

Source Sheet

This source sheet is inspired by Big Green Jewish's Edible Garden resource (http://ow.ly/5Ex63), which links practical gardening with Jewish and environmental education.

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God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and conquer it, and rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the sky and every living thing that moves on the earth.

וַיבְָרֶךְ אֹתָם אֱלֹקים וַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם אֱלֹקים פְּרוּ וּרְבוּ וּמִלאְוּ אֶת הָאָרֶץ וְכִבְשהָֻׁ וּרְדוּ בִּדְגַת הַיָּם וּבְעוֹף הַשמַָּׁיםִ וּבְכָל חַיָּה הָרֹמֶשתֶׂ עַל הָאָרֶץ:

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The Modern Jew is entangled in the activities of the Gentile society in numerous ways - economically, politically, culturally, and on some levels, socially. We share in the universal experience. The problems of humanity, war and peace, political stability or anarchy, morality or permissiveness, famine, epidemics, and pollution transcend the boundaries of ethnic groups.

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