In addition to this sampling, you can also view a YouTube playlist of Judaism and Ecology videos here.
Ellen Bernstein on the Climate Emergency
Ecojustice for All/Temple of Understanding
Rabbi Lawrence Troster: “Green Torah Wisdom: Becoming a Jewish Environmentalist”
The global environmental crisis is real and, posits Rabbi Lawrence Troster, Judaism holds the key to living a life in balance with the natural world. His concept of “Green Torah Wisdom,” outlined in this talk, combines environmental and social responsibility with core elements of Jewish tradition, bringing a deeper consciousness to our everyday lives.
Ellen Bernstein: “A Creator God and a Sense of Place: A Jewish Ecotheology”
2016 Interfaith Lecture Series
Ellen Bernstein, a Rabbi and Ecologist, is the founder of the first national Jewish environmental organization - Shomrei Adamah (Keepers of the Earth). Her presentation “A Creator God and a Sense of Place: A Jewish Ecotheology” outlines the necessity for balance between Man and Earth, and God’s oneness which connects them.
“The Abrahamic Response to Journey of the Universe”
Rabbi Lawrence Troster, Heather Eaton, and Safei Eldin Hamed
Journey of the Universe and Our Elegant Universe Symposium
Rabbi Lawrence Troster, Dr. Heather Eaton, and Dr. Safei Eldin Hamed offer responses from Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions to Journey of the Universe. Rabbi Troster, a late Jewish environmental activist, draws from the Books of Genesis and Isaiah to suggest that the science of the universe story is offering people a vision of a new heaven and a new Earth. Dr. Heather Eaton, a theologian at Saint Paul University, highlights the need for Christians to retrieve its focus on creation, to reinterpret justice as ecojustice, and to reconstruct theologies of incarnation to encompass the entire Earth community. Dr. Safei Eldin Hamed, a scholar of environmental planning at Chatham University, interprets the Quran to suggest that there is equality between all creatures and that Islam can offer a holistic and functional cosmology for our contemporary world.
Rabbi Ronen Lubitch: “The Spiritual Roots of the Environmental Crisis”
Interfaith Climate and Energy Conference
In this video, Rabbi Ronen Lubitch discusses the spiritual roots of the environmental crisis. These materials are posted as part of Jewcology’s “Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment,” in partnership with www.canfeinesharim.com. Rabbi Ronen Lubitch is Rabbi of Nir Etzion and a lecturer at Shaanan Religious Teachers College and at Haifa University.
A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values To Help Heal The World
A Major Documentary on Current Environmental Threats and How Jewish Teachings Can Be Applied in Responding to These Threats. Produced by Emmy-Award-winning producer, director, writer, and cinematographer Lionel Friedberg, A SACRED DUTY will take its place alongside Al Gore’s AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and Leonardo di Caprio’s THE ELEVENTH HOUR as another powerful expose of the dangers of global warming. However, it goes beyond the latter two films, by showing how religious responses can make a major difference and why a shift toward plant-based diets is an essential part of efforts to reduce global climate change and other environmental threats.
“Celebration matters, Tu B’Sh’vat, a New Year’s Festival for Trees”
This Tu B’Sh’vat seder takes place annually at Hampshire College and is a new version of Ellen Bernstein’s original seder (Philadelphia, 1988), which was the catalyst for Shomrei Adamah, the first national Jewish environmental organization. Tu B’Shvat is the new year for the trees according to Jewish tradition. In the 1600’s the Jewish mystics, the Kabbalists, who lived in Sefad, created a ritual—a seder—for Tu B’Shvat. The Kabbalists had a 4-dimensional view of life. They imagined that the cosmos operated according to 4 worlds: action, emotion, thought and spirit. For their seder they ate many kinds of fruits, drank concoctions of wine, made blessings, and read spiritual texts about nature. This seder that you are about to view is rooted in the four worlds of the kabbalistic seder. Here, action corresponds to earth, emotion corresponds to water, air corresponds to thought, and spirit corresponds to fire. You can think of the seder as a 4-course fruit feast. Each course is composed of readings from spiritual and contemporary sources, music, fruits, wine, and blessings. Four puppets signify the four different elements/worlds.
Rabbi Lawrence Troster: “Judaism and Ecology”
Lawrence Troster discusses Judaism and Ecology with Mary Evelyn Tucker. “Judaism and Ecology” is part of the larger “Conversations on World Religions and Ecology” project. Watch the whole “Conversations on World Religions and Ecology” series on the Forum on Religion and Ecology YouTube Channel.
Header photo: Leipnik Hagadah shel Pesaḥ by Joseph ben David, 1740 ©British Library