Judaism

As Hava Tirosh-Samuelson tells us in her introductory essay: “The contribution of Jews to environmentalism is more extensive and the impact of environmentalism on contemporary Judaism is more profound than is commonly acknowledged.  In Israel and in the diaspora the ecological crisis has generated many Jewish responses as Jewish theologians, scholars, educators and activists have subjected the entire Jewish tradition to rigorous reinterpretation, identified relevant literary sources, distilled the ecological insights of the tradition, articulated new ecological theologies, and spelled out policies and educational programs.” This section offers resources and additional avenues of exploration to delve further into the Jewish response to today’s growing environmental crisis.

 

Overview Essay

Here you will find full text of Hava Tirosh-Samuelson’s introductory essay on Judaism and Ecology. Hava is also the editor of the Harvard volume Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed World.

Bibliography

This valuable resource by by Mark Jacobs of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life lists titles of interest for those doing further study on Judaism and ecology published from the 1970s to 2014.

Statements

Here you’ll find statements on the environment and the global ecological crisis from Jewish organizations and institutions.

Engaged Projects

Here is a listing of Jewish projects and organizations around the world who are working on environmental issues. If you would like your project to appear here, message our webmaster, using the Contact Form.

Sacred Texts
Here you will find a small selection of biblical passages relating to Earth and the environment. This listing is by no means exhaustive, but serves as a jumping off point for further investigation.

 

Links

In addition to the links in the Engaged Projects section, we have provided a brief list of additional online resources here.

Multimedia

Located here are multimedia offerings of interest, relating to the intersection of Judaism and ecology.

 


Header photo: Sunrise prayers with talit and tefillin , Israel