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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

Jewish Leaders Speak Up for Climate Action

“The world is on fire and God is calling upon us to act.” So says the initial statement issued last week by Shomrei Breishit, an international, multi-denominational network of rabbis and cantors providing a Jewish religious voice on climate change. In the Jewish tradition, rabbis and cantors wake people of faith from inaction and ignite […]

November 20th

Why Religion Must Escape Its Harmful Image

It’s no secret that our modern world is witnessing a mass exodus from organized religion. In the United States, one-fifth of the public — and a third of adults under 30 — are religiously unaffiliated today, the highest percentages ever in Pew Research Center polling. And just 51% of the European Union’s 27 nations said […]

November 6th

A Discussion With Rabbi Ellen Bernstein, the Birth Mother of Jewish Environmentalism

The connection between environmentalism and religion is not new. In the 13th century, St. Francis of Assisi preached that humans have a duty to both love and protect Creation and the Muslim poet, Rumi, described the beauties of nature. In the 16th century, Kabbalists practiced rituals to enliven Creation and bring God’s blessing into the […]

October 21st

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