The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 


 
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PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS


Ecology, Kabbalah and God's Image in the More-than-human World (working title), Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2014 - join neohasid's list to get ordering information when it's available

Thanksgivukkah 2 Coming Sooner Than You Think! Climate Change Coming Sooner! in Huffington Post, Nov 2013

"Fracking v. Kabbalah" in The Jewish Daily Forward, Jul 2013

"Shmita: The Purpose of Sinai" in Huffington Post, May 2013

"Battling Climate Change, the Jewish Way" in The Jewish Daily Forward, Feb 2013

"Ecology and the Bible in Rabbinic Judaism" in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, de Gruyter, forthcoming

"Akiva's Crown of Thorns: Divine Violence and the Inversion of Rabbinic Theodicy" in Sharpened Arrows: Violence in Rabbinic Discourse, Sheffield Press, forthcoming

"The Very Good Creation" in On Sacred Ground: Jewish and Christian Clergy Reflect on Transformative Passages from the Five Books of Moses, Blackbird Press, 2012

"Lynn Margulis: Radical Biologist" in The Jewish Daily Forward, Dec 11, 2011

"The Earth On Your Fork: An Ecology of Kashrut" in Jewish Education News, summer 2008

"Human Rights and Ecology" in Tikkun, July-Aug 2008

"Kabbalah and Ecotheology" in The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, Continuum Press, 2005

"Maimonides" in The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, Continuum Press, 2005

"Animal Rights in the Jewish Tradition" in The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, Continuum Press, 2005

"Judaism and Paganism" in The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, Continuum Press, 2005

"Jewish Environmentalism in North America" in The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, Continuum Press, 2005

"Renewal and Ritual for the Earth" in Sh'ma, March 2005

"How Derrida Influenced Jewish Studies" for The Jewish Telegraphic Agency, October 18, 2004 (obituary)

Tu Bish'vat haggadah, liturgy and Kabbalah text study resources for Coalition on the Environment & Jewish Life, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007

"Sensuous Minds and Jewish Ecofeminist Practice," co-authored with Irene Diamond in This Sacred Earth, ed. by Gottlieb, 2nd ed., Routledge Press, 2003

"Recovering the Sensuous through Jewish Ecofeminist Practice" in Torah of the Earth, v.2, ed. by Waskow, Jewish Lights, 2001; originally published in Ethics and the Environment, 4:2, Winter 2000

"The Body in Kabbalah: A Study in the Process of Jewish Renewal" in New Menorah, Summer 2002

"The Cosmic Tree and the Human Body" in Trees, Earth and Torah, ed. by Elon, Hyman and Waskow, JPS, 1999

The Story of Noah and the Flood: Midrash Texts on the Preservation of Species and Human Responsibility" and "Cosmology and Biodiversity: The Divine Purpose in Creating Many Species," curricula and source materials, for the Coalition on the Environment & Jewish Life, 1996

Managing Editor, Journal of the Post Modern Jewish Network (Society for Textual Reasoning), 1995-6

"Does the Earth Cry?" in Mahberet, 6:1, Summer 1996

"Contorted Lips: Prophecy and the Scourge of the Sign in Spinoza" in Tents of Jacob, Spring 1996

"Confessions of a Jewish Post-Postmodernist" in Response, Summer 1995

"Brit Taharah: Reconstructing the Covenantal Body of the Jew" in Sh'ma, 25/486, January 1995

Review of Fertile Ground: Women, Earth and the Limits of Control by Diamond, in Bridges, Fall 1995

"Freedom as a Footnote: Reflections on the Washington Rally for Soviet Jewry" in Mosaic, Spring 1988

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ACADEMIC PAPERS AND INVITED PRESENTATIONS


"The Kabbalah of the Sweat Lodge", Columbia U. Symposium on Jews and American Indians, 2010

"Shneur Zalman's Radical Transvaluation of Or Chozer", Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), 2009

"Redemption in Kabbalah: Ecology, Biodiversity & Gender", University of Manitoba, 2009

"Jewish Renewal and Kabbalah", panel chair, with Arthur Green and Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, at the inaugural conference of the Tiferet Institute, San Diego CA, 2006

"Desire and Redemption: Hasidic Advice for a Deep Ecotheology" at the International Society of the Study of Religion and Nature, inaugural conference, 2006

"Antioch and the Rabbis: Ancient Roots of 'Earth-Centered' Theology in Judaism and Christianity" at Auburn Theological Seminary, New York NY, 2006

"Boyarin v. Visotzky: Antioch and the Hellenism of the Rabbis" at the Association for Jewish Studies, 2006

"Wolfson's Missing Whole and the Qomah of the Feminine" at the Association for Jewish Studies, 2005

"One Living Being: The Gaia Hypothesis and Maimonidean Holism" at the Western Jewish Studies Association, 2004

"Ecology, Feminism and the Kabbalah" and "The Akedah in Kabbalah" at Wellesley College Department of Religion, Wellesley MA, 2003

"Rosenzweig's Language Utopia and Nature's Redemption" at the Western Jewish Studies Association, 2003

Respondent, "Jews, Gender and Ecology" at the Association for Jewish Studies, 2002

"Ecofeminist Readings of Jewish Spiritual Practices" at the American Academy of Religion, 2000

"The Grounds for a Radical Ecotheology in Jewish Tradition" at the Center for the Study of Religion and Society, University of Victoria, Victoria BC, 1999

"Prophetic License: The Metaphor of Sexual Subjection in Lamentations" at the Western Jewish Studies Association, 1998

"Sensuous Minds and the Possibility of a Jewish Ecofeminist Practice," co-authored with Irene Diamond, at the "EnGendering Rationalities" Conference, University of Oregon, Eugene OR, 1997; revision presented at "Ecofeminism: A Practical Philosophy for the 21st Century" Conference, University of Montana, Missoula MT, 1998

"Contorted Lips: Prophecy and the Scourge of the Sign in Spinoza" at the Association for Jewish Studies, 1996

Convenor of first panel on Derrida in the history of the Association for Jewish Studies, 1995; presenter: "One Man's Demon is Another Man's Jew: Derrida and the Modern Mitnagdim"

"A Critique of the Pagan-Jewish Dichotomy" at the "Oregon Ecofeminist Encampment" conference organized by Carolyn Merchant and Irene Diamond, 1995

"Rabbi Akiva's Crown of Thorns: Deconstructing Rabbinic Theodicy" at the Association for Jewish Studies, 1993


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