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) 

Eco-Hasid! Eco-Torah:
Resources for Judaism and Ecology

Neohasid.org is a member of the Green Hevra and an important resource for Jewish ecotheology, earth-based Torah, and making Jewish spiritual connections to the world that embraces us all! Rabbi David Seidenberg's book on ecology and Kabbalah wil also be coming out this year. Join the neohasid list to stay up-to-date!

"Thanksgivukkah 2 coming sooner than you think! Climate change coming sooner"

Reb Duvid's article appearing in Huffpost, Jewcology and elsewhere. A must read for Chanukah 2013.

Council of All Beings

An outline for the Council of All Beings Ritual

Kashroots: Noah, Leviticus, and an Eco-History of the Kosher Laws

Every religion is shaped by a place and teaches how to live in that place. I’ve always believed that keeping kosher was not just a way of creating Jewish identity, but also a way to create a society attuned to the land. . .

Breaking Open the Abyss – on Tisha B'Av and the Gulf

When King David disturbs the foundation stone of the world, the waters of the t'hom, the abyss, rise up through the breach King David has made, threatening to destroy the world

27th of Iyyar: Rainbow Day

What can we do to commemorate the rainbow covenant of the Noah story? What rituals, liturgies, actions? Read (and record) suggestions here.

How to make a Kabbalstic Tu Bishvat Seder

Instructions on how to run a seder, how to use the blessing from the first Tu Bishvat seder, and how to use the One-page Haggadah chart.

Tu Bish'vat Resources

Dominion

Dominion in the Bible is not the anti-environmental concept that both environmentalists and anthropocentrists would imagine...

A Prayer for the Earth – Hebrew and English

Y'kum Purkan Lish'maya: A prayer for the earth, for use in your synagogue, minyan, or havurah; for Earth Day, Rainbow Day, Shabbat Noach, Shabbat Behar/Bechukotai, everyday.

Save the Negev

Protect the Bedouin – Protect the desert

Blessing the Sun

Once in 28 years – that's how often this blessing comes around. Here's a liturgy we used that weaves together Kabbalah and deep ecology, along with links to more resources.

Blessing from the first published Tu Bish'vat Seder

From the 16/17th century seder manual, P'ri Eitz Hadar, based on the Kabbalah of the four worlds. The original seder calls on us to bring blessing to all creation.

Eco-Torah on Sukkot

Teachings about Sukkot exploring the symbolism of the lulav species, the meaning of the Hoshanot prayers, the Tishrei cycle, the rules about s'khakh, and the waving of the lulav, in the light of ecology and the climate crisis.

Hayom Harat Olam: Rosh Hashanah and Our Planet

A unique reading of the words we say when we hear the shofar on Rosh Hashanah.

Clouds, Yom Kippur, and Climate Change: In the Balance

Are our environmental "sins" are like an 'av, a thick cloud that will storm us, or like an 'anan, a cloud that ultimately will pass on?

Hoshana Rabbah: new translation

The original Jewish earth prayers

An environmental Al Chet

For the sin of destroying God's creation...

Ramak: "Love your fellow species like yourself"

Moshe Cordovero on the need to extend human ethical principles to animals and other lviing creatures.

Rav Kook

Quotes from Abraham Isaac Kook on evolution, science, etc.

"To Prey or to Pray? The Lessons of Famine"

On images of cannibalism in Eikhah: an eco-interpretation.

Kinah LeKhurban Gan Eden

Richard Kaplan's eco-lament for Tisha B'Av

Canfei Nesharim and the Fortressing of Orthodoxy

Why neohasid.org no longer links to CN.

God's "body"

Heikhalot Rabbati on seeing the cosmos as the body of God.

The Torah's Only "Inalienable Right": for the Land

Reb Duvid's Tikkun article on the intersection of human rights and ecology. How can human rights become part of ecology? "Human Rights and Ecology" breaks new theological ground, and includes a section on the Bedouin.

Between the Fires: Lag B'Omer, Flood Day and Rainbow Day

A liturgy for the day before Lag B'omer leading into Lag B'omer, related to global warming and the flood of Noah, which began on the 17th of Iyyar.

The Giving Tree: A Way to Honor Our Vision for Israel

Planting a tree for the future sounds like second nature, a wise investment for both Israel and the planet. But whether you think about doing this at Tu Bish'vat or during the Omer when it's really planting time, it's a little more complicated than donating to JNF...

Birkat Ha-ilanot

Once a year there is Jewish custom is to say a special blessing on flowering fruit trees. It happens in spring, especially during the Omer, but it's also a good teaching for Tu Bish'vat. You'll also find some other good tree texts here.

Liberation and the Land

"An Earth Covenant Perspective on Human Rights" taught at the first Rabbis for Human Rights Conference in NYC.

Longer meditations on Pri Etz Hadar

Imagine a Jewish practice which has the purpose of restoring all the species and creatures, and all the sparks they contain, to the fullness of blessing.

The Flood

Using the Biblical flood story and how we can keep taking small steps to build an ark against the flood of global warming.

About StoptheFlood!

Stop the Flood! provides spiritual tools to help people to take personal action, to share what action or change they're doing, and to partner with each other.

Shabbos!

Turn on Shabbos and make the world cooler!

The Land Ethic

The essential parts of Aldo Leopold's famous essay, including: "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise."

Kabbalah and Ecology

Reb Duvid's article from The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

Rambam and the Earth

Maimonides' Guide is the foundation for any Jewish ecotheology.
from The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

Text for Egalitarian Seder Ushpizin

This is the English translation of the liturgy, without explanations. See Ushpizin entry for an explanation of the order for the mothers. You can download the PDF for this liturgy, with Aramaic and Hebrew alongside the English, from either page.

Tashlikh teaching

Tashlikh was written at a time when no one could have imagined that human actions could deplete entire oceans. With meditations on the ocean from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass.

Conquer her?

"Fill up the land and conquer her" – does the verse really mean that?

An Offering In God's Image

On Shavuot, when we celebrate receiving the Torah, we also celebrate the offering of the first fruits in the Temple, the bikurim. The offering was a supremely humble gesture. Yet without the small, perhaps wrinkled fruit of the bikurim, there could be no offering...

Heart Exercises

Meditations for connecting our hearts to the challenge of confronting global climate change.

Yachats: Sharing the Broken Piece

At Yachats we split the middle matsah, inviting the stranger to share a fragment of broken matsah that wouldn't be even enough for one.

Sparks of Pesach

The Besh"t on the Pesach sacrifice and raising the holy sparks.

CF bulbs can be hazardous waste

Did the conservation campaign that gave out CF bulbs in your community tell you that they contain mercury?

Reflections on the IPCC report

The moment when we sense the enormity of consequences is the moment when the realm of Spirit must come to the forefront.

Tu Bish'vat wisdom

Three teachings about how holy eating brings blessing to all life and all creatures, submitted by Jacob Fine.

What the mute world is saying

In this world, what is further below branches off from a higher place...




 

Mini Menu

Council of All Beings ~
Where are the Jewish Greens? – Devorah Brous ~
Kashroots: Noah, Leviticus, and an Eco-History of the Kosher Laws ~
Breaking Open the Abyss – on Tisha B'Av and the Gulf ~
27th of Iyyar: Rainbow Day ~
How to make a Kabbalstic Tu Bishvat Seder ~
Tu Bish'vat Resources ~
Dominion ~
A Prayer for the Earth – Hebrew and English ~
Save the Negev ~
Blessing the Sun ~
Blessing from the first published Tu Bish'vat Seder ~
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Eco-Torah on Sukkot ~
Hayom Harat Olam: Rosh Hashanah and Our Planet ~
Clouds, Yom Kippur, and Climate Change: In the Balance ~
Hoshana Rabbah: new translation ~
An environmental Al Chet ~
Ramak: "Love your fellow species like yourself" ~
Rav Kook ~
"To Prey or to Pray? The Lessons of Famine" ~
Kinah LeKhurban Gan Eden ~
Canfei Nesharim and the Fortressing of Orthodoxy ~
God's "body" ~
The Torah's Only "Inalienable Right": for the Land ~
Between the Fires: Lag B'Omer, Flood Day and Rainbow Day ~
The Giving Tree: A Way to Honor Our Vision for Israel ~
Birkat Ha-ilanot ~
Liberation and the Land ~
Longer meditations on Pri Etz Hadar ~
The Flood ~
About StoptheFlood! ~
Shabbos! ~
The Land Ethic ~
Kabbalah and Ecology ~
Rambam and the Earth ~
Text for Egalitarian Seder Ushpizin ~
Tashlikh teaching ~
Conquer her? ~
An Offering In God's Image ~
Heart Exercises ~
Every step you take... ~
Yachats: Sharing the Broken Piece ~
Sparks of Pesach ~
CF bulbs can be hazardous waste ~
Reflections on the IPCC report ~
Tu Bish'vat wisdom ~
What the mute world is saying ~
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