The Jewish relationship with nature is mucky, but our ethical duty on climate change is on terra firma

By George Altshuler
J. – The Jewish News of Northern California
January 10, 2022

Imagine that Leo Baeck, the 20th-century German Reform rabbi, would frown quizzically at an outdoor Tu B’Shevat retreat in a Northern California forest or the term “eco-Judaism.”

Baeck was learned, stately and generally oriented toward indoor activities.

But Baeck, who is best known for his steadfast leadership of the German Jewish community even in concentration camps, has a lot to teach us on Tu B’Shevat, the closest thing there is to a Jewish Earth Day. (It begins this year at sundown on Jan. 16.)

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