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Dear God, is Oil a Blessing or a Curse?

By calling on Oklahomans to pray for oil, Governor Mary Fallin has stretched the limits of my patience and perhaps a little bit of my better judgment. Governor Fallin would have us all believe that it’s been a really tough year for the oil industry. In fact, it’s been so bad that she sat herself […]

October 20th

Rabbi Ellen Bernstein Describes an Ecotheology for All

It’s not every day we are blessed to hear from one of the leaders of the religious ecology movement. Recently, Rabbi Ellen Bernstein, the birth mother of Jewish environmentalism, gave a talk at the Chautauqua Institution. Titled “A Creator God and a Sense of Place: A Jewish Ecotheology,” Bernstein’s talk shed light on a universal version of […]

September 15th

What are the Environmental Costs of Pork?

Producing more than enough poop to fill over 15,000 Olympic-size swimming pools every year, hog facilities and other animal operations in North Carolina are placing an atrocious strain on the environment. A recent report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Waterkeeper Alliance (Waterkeepers) outlines the high environmental costs of producing nearly 10 billion […]

July 12th

Jews, Judaism, and Genetically Modified Crops

About a year ago, EdenKeeper published an article discussing the Jewish perspective on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). We acknowledged the benefits and risks and concluded by asking a simple question: do GMOs help Jews create a more perfect world? Roger Price, an attorney and founder of the wonderful site, Judaism and Science, took a slightly different look. […]

March 9th

This Year’s Yom Kippur Services Influenced by Pope

Today, Jews around the world will celebrate Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the holiest day of the year in Judaism. For millenia, Jews have marked the occasion by fasting, attending services, and refraining from certain activities. The purpose of the traditions is to atone for sins against God. But some Jews are doing things […]

September 23rd

Rosh Hashana Is a Time to Reflect on Bees

According to the Mishnah, there are four “new years” in Jewish tradition: one for the trees, one for the kings, one for tithing, and one for the years. Rosh Hashana, which ends this evening, is the New Year of years and marks the anniversary of the creation of the world. To celebrate, Jews around the […]

September 15th

Jewish Beliefs About GMOs

Photo by Miran Rijavec available on Flickr Like most environmental issues, the growing supply of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food raises many concerns. Although GMO crops can feed more people, they also put people’s health at risk and degrade the environment. Small farmers can make more money growing and selling more crops, but buying GMO seeds […]

June 9th

How Pope Francis Inspired Hundreds of Rabbis to Call for Climate Action

Pope Francis’s promised environmental encyclical is already having a positive affect. It has inspired hundreds of rabbis — mostly in the United States, but also in Israel and Sweden — to sign a Rabbinic Letter on the Climate Crisis calling for vigorous action to prevent worsening climate disruption and to seek eco-social justice. “In Leviticus 26, the […]

May 14th