The most fulfilling and reassuring conversation I had in the days following the 2012 election was with someone whom I deeply disagree with. As a liberal Jew from the Northeast, my beliefs about American were dramatically reinforced by a phone call with a conservative evangelical friend in the South. Our country is extremely and increasingly [...]
I was walking through downtown Boston in late August, and passed a group of men dressed as Minutemen, as Revolutionary soldiers. This is a common sight during the tourist season, in the birthplace of the Revolutionary War. However, the most recent time I had seen someone dressed as a minuteman was in Tampa, FL – [...]
Lamentations–the text traditionally read by Jews on Tisha b’Av– is not the first book that comes to mind when one is asked what the Tanakh has to say about the environment. But this text has some significant things to say about environmental ethics—specifically about the consequences of environmental destruction for humans. As we are forced to confront the reality and implications of unchecked climate change, Lamentations offers a prophetic and terrifying vision.
The world is in bad shape and not in a metaphorical sense. No I mean the earth – the giant rock that we all live on – is in really bad shape. As of May 31, 2012, carbon dioxide readings are above 400ppm, 50 ppm more than the generally accepted “safe levels” of carbon dioxide [...]
Currently in Rio de Janeiro, over 50,000 people have congregated to take part in the UN Rio+20 Conference on Sustainability and Poverty Eradication. Over the past ten days since the conference began those in attendance have been working passionately and with diligence to create real and lasting policy change that will effect how governments, corporations, [...]
At a time when many of the ways in which we are being told we can help curb climate change are “don’ts” these practices can be fun, celebratory, and can create community. Are we going to adequately address global climate change simply by making our own yogurt? No. But are we going to be able to generate a large-scale paradigm shift without shifting our own individual practices within our home? I don’t think so.
The role of the spiritual leader in the age of climate change: Re-imagining how to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other and future generations. This is the title of the seven day Winter Seminar for faculty and students I helped to plan over the past five months have [...]