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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