Judaism Volume

Religions of the World and Ecology Series

Judaism and Ecology

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, ed.


Table of Contents”


Series Preface Lawrence E. Sullivan
Series Foreword Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim


“Judaism and the Natural World”
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson
Chapter 1

Constructive Jewish Theology of Nature
“‘A Kabbalah for the Environmental Age”
Arthur Green

Toward a Jewish Theology of Nature”
Michael Fishbane

Chapter 2

The Human Condition: Origins, Pollution, and Death
“The Ecology of Eden”
Evan Eisenberg

How Much Is Too Much? Conventional versus Personal Definitions of Pollutions in Rabbinic Sources”
Eliezer Diamond

Jewish Death Practices: A Commentary on the Relationship of Humans to the Natrual World”
David Kraemer

Response: Mastery and Stewardship, Wonder and Connectedness: A Typology of Relations to Nature in Jewish Text/Tradition”
Eilon Schwartz

Chapter 3

The Doctrine of Creation
“Nature’s Answer: Meaning of the Book of Job in Its Intellectual Context”
Stephen A. Geller

Creation in the Bible and in the Liturgy”
Neil Gillman

The Doctrine of Creation and the Idea of Nature”
David Novak

Response: Natural and Supernatural Justice”
Jon Levenson

Chapter 4

Nature and Revealed Morality
“Concepts of Torah and Nature in Jewish Thought”
Shalom Rosenberg

Respect for Nature in the Jewish Tradition”
Lenn E. Goodman

What are the Ethical Implications of Jewish Theological Conceptions of the Natural World?”
Moshe Sokol

Response: On Designing and Discovering a Jewish Ecological Ethics ”
Barry S. Kogan

Chapter 5

Nature in Jewish Mysticism
“Mirror of Nature Reflected in the Symbolism of Medieval Kabbalah ”
Elliot R. Wolfson

Nature, Exile, and Disability in R. Nahman of Bratzlav’s The Seven Beggars
Shaul Magid

The Attitude of Early Hasidim to the Natural World”
Jerome (Yehudah) Gellman

Response: The Textualization of Nature in Jewish Mysticism”
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson

Chapter 6 From Speculation to Action
“Reverence and Responsibility: Abraham Joshua Heschel on Nature and the Self”
Edward E. Kaplan

Can Judaism Make Environmental Policy? Sacred and Secular Language in Jewish Ecological Discourse”
Tsvi Blanchard

Jewish Environmentalism: Past Accomplishments and Future Challenges”
Mark X. Jacobs


Notes on Contributors


Copyright © 2002 Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School.
Reprinted with permission.

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