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Why God Must Be Part of Our Environmental Discussion

Green sloganeering can celebrate a marketing victory. “Environmental protection,” “environmentalism,” and “green” have won the hearts and minds of the world. Countries across the globe — even rogue North Korea — have claimed to join the movement. Indeed, environmental marketing has become so successful that no company or country, person or politician wants to be […]

May 29th

A Jewish Perspective on Climate Change

We hear news stories all the time on how climate change is affecting the environment, with ice caps melting, polar bears dying, and ecosystems threatened with pollution. No doubt, it is important to bring attention to animals and ecosystems. However, a people-focused approach may be more effective on making changes in communities and politics. By […]

May 28th

United Kingdom’s Heated Halal and Kosher Debate

Roasted chicken is good. Wild salmon is great. And a nice, juicy steak… let’s just say it’s almost a divine experience. But while meat is delicious to eat, it’s also incredible controversial. A recent Slate article called the meat industry “one of the top contributors to climate change” and there’s no shortage of PETA pamphlets depicting horrors at factory […]

May 22nd

Kosher, Halal, and Christian Meat Eating

There are many similarities between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Jews, Christians, and Muslims worship the same God, share some of the same prophets, and believe that humans have a responsibility to take care of creation. But there is one important difference that comes to mouth… er, mind. Jews, Christians, and Muslims take their own approaches to the slaughter […]

May 20th

Passover Guides for Environmentalists

Passover is not just a memorial to Moses leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. It’s a time for reflection and a critical look at our modern relationships to slavery and freedom. And the Passover Seder is the best time to reflect and debate these important subjects with family and friends. Many organizations have […]

April 14th

Tu B’Shevat Is a Day to Celebrate God’s Blessing

Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha‑olam, borei n’fashot rabot v’chesronan, al kol ma she-barata, l’hachayot bahem nefesh kol chai, barukh chei ha-olamim. Blessed be You, the One who created so many different living things, all needing each other, to make one Life interwoven through them all, as one soul. Blessed be the Life of all […]

January 16th

Ma’yan Tikvah: A Congregation Without Walls

In December the Boston Globe ran an article on a small, Jewish congregation in Wayland, Massachusetts known as Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope. The article focused on the congregation’s unconventional practice of worshipping almost entirely outside in nature. (And, yes, that means it worships outside – even now – in the cold of […]

January 16th

Loss and Transformation: Earth Grieving

By Rabbi Katy Z. Allen I teach a class called Loss & Transformation: Connecting Sacred Texts to Family Stories to Help Deal with Loss, in which I set forth a theology of how our losses can lead us to be transformed, and how the joining of the stories of our familial ancestors with texts of Jewish […]

January 13th