Resources for Judaism and Ecology
Dominion in the Bible is not the anti-environmental concept that both environmentalists and anthropocentrists would imagine...
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.
Protect the Bedouin – Protect the desert
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.
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.
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.
A unique reading of the words we say when we hear the shofar on Rosh Hashanah.
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?
The original Jewish earth prayers
For the sin of destroying God's creation...
Moshe Cordovero on the need to extend human ethical principles to animals and other lviing creatures.
Quotes from Abraham Isaac Kook on evolution, science, etc.
On images of cannibalism in Eikhah
: an eco-interpretation.
Richard Kaplan's eco-lament for Tisha B'Av
Why neohasid.org no longer links to CN.
Heikhalot Rabbati on seeing the cosmos as the body of God.
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.
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.
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...
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.
"An Earth Covenant Perspective on Human Rights" taught at the first Rabbis for Human Rights Conference in NYC.
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.
Using the Biblical flood story and how we can keep taking small steps to build an ark against the flood of global warming.
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.
Turn on Shabbos and make the world cooler!
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."
Reb Duvid's article from The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature
is the foundation for any Jewish ecotheology. from The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature
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 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.
"Fill up the land and conquer her" – does the verse really mean that?
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...
Meditations for connecting our hearts to the challenge of confronting global climate change.
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.
The Besh"t on the Pesach sacrifice and raising the holy sparks.
Did the conservation campaign that gave out CF bulbs in your community tell you that they contain mercury?
The moment when we sense the enormity of consequences is the moment when the realm of Spirit must come to the forefront.
Three teachings about how holy eating brings blessing to all life and all creatures, submitted by Jacob Fine.
In this world, what is further below branches off from a higher place...