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Sukkot’s Powerful Lessons of Humility and Simplicity

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites: On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the Lord’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days.” (Leviticus 23:33-34.) Today is the first full day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, or The Festival of Tabernacles. The holiday, which began at sundown yesterday, […]

October 9th

Al Chet — Confession for the Earth

By Rabbi Katy Z. Allen, originally posted on Ma’yan Tikvah’s Divrei Earth Adapted from the traditional Jewish High Holiday liturgy and works by Rabbi Lawrence Troster, Rabbi Daniel Nevins (which I found at neohasid.org), and, at the suggestion of Rabbi Judy Weiss, material from the Jewish Climate Action Network of Boston created with the help of Gary Rucinski. Note: Hyperlinks […]

October 1st

Jewish Ecologist, Rabbi Ellen Bernstein

College is a place and time when we have revelations in our lives. We are studying material and examining our place in the world. For many, there could be spiritual awakenings and important issues that grab our attention. One woman experienced both. Ellen Bernstein was a student at UC Berkley searching for truth and understanding […]

September 9th

Kabbalah Reveals a Holy Quest to Repair the World

How can Kabbalah, the system of mystical interpretation of Jewish scripture with roots in the 13th century, have a bearing on modern-day environmentalism? In the Kabbalistic view, God’s very act of creation has resulted in placing a sacred obligation on man to make right what is askew in the world. This obligation doesn’t just play out […]

July 21st

Judaism Loses an Influential Rabbi and Forward Thinker

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, commonly called “Reb Zalman,” died on July 3rd. The father of the Jewish Renewal movement, a nontraditional approach to Jewish spirituality, was 89. Shacter-Shalomi was a great man and an important figure in Jewish heritage whose work and leadership led to reforms in the religion and culture. Early Career Shacter-Shalomi was born on Aug. […]

July 16th

What Does Jewish Environmentalism Look Like Today?

The Jewish tradition has long emphasized the connection between humans and nature. From the commandment not to waste to the laws linking agricultural cycles to religious rituals, sustainability is not a new idea to Judaism. But there can be no denying that the environmental movement, and especially its connection to religion, is a relatively new […]

June 18th

Escape the City at Berkeley’s Urban Adamah Farm

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to visit Urban Adamah, a sustainable farm in Berkeley, California founded by Adam Berman in 2010. It’s a green space in the midst of a city — a haven of lush, green plants, bleating goats, buzzing bees, clucking chickens, and the warm, earthy smell of soil and straw. Although […]

June 6th