Way into Judaism and the Environment

ISBN-10: 1580233686

ISBN-13: 9781580233682

Edition: 2008

Authors: Jeremy Benstein

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At a time of growing concern about environmental issues, this book explores the relationship Jews have with the natural world and the ways in which Judaism contributes to contemporary social-environmental issues. It also shows readers the extent to which Judaism is part of the problem and how it can be part of the solution. Offering both an environmental interpretation of Judaism and a Jewish approach to environmentalism, this book examines: What environmentalism is. What do we mean by a sustainable society? What in our lives and our society needs to change in order to achieve it? How can we best apply Jewish ethics of caring for the land in all our lands and in the Landthe Land of Israel? What the creation stories can teach us about who we are and what nature is. Are we essentially a part of the natural worldor crucially apart from it? Are we masters of creationor its servants? Are we creatures or creators? What dreams and responsibilities flow from these roles? The relevance of Torah and traditional sources. What contemporary insights can be gleaned from ancient teachings? What role should the material world play in our spiritual lives? How can bringing Judaism and environmentalism into creative dialogue enrich our understanding of ourselves and our world, and contribute to tikkun olam, our repair of that world?
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List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: LongHill Partners, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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