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Judaism and Earth Day

Posted by rabbiart on April 22, 2008

Today (April 22) is the “official” earth day. Last week I participated in an earth day convocation at Modesto Junior College. Once again I was struck by the fact that Islam and Judaism have so many teachings in common. We both have a teaching that says if we are planting a tree and the day of judgment arrives that we should first finish planting the tree before going to greet the messenger of the day of judgment.

Helen Jupiter, writing in Jewcy, has a review of 10 books examining the connection between the Jewish tradition and the environment. Her list includes Pollution in a Promised Land: An Environment History of Israel by Alon Tal. Since I’m signed up to do a 5 day bicycle ride to benefit two Israel environment organizations, I’ve just ordered it, and I’ll be studying up before the November ride. Professor Tal comments on the environmental situation in Israel. You can read the Jerusalem Post article here.

For a bit of slightly more encouraging piece of news about Jerusalem and the environment, check out this article about composting in a Jerusalem community garden.

Here’s one of the organization’s I’ll be raising funds for – Hazon. And here’s the other – The Arava Institute.


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