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The New Year of Trees is often associated with a celebration of nature. What is the Jewish view on ecology and environmentalism?

Nature & Environment

Nature & Environment

What is the Jewish view on ecology and environmentalism?

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Absentmindedly, I tore a leaf off a passing tree. Holding it a while in my hands, I continued my thoughtful pacing, occasionally tearing small pieces of leaf and casting them to the winds.
Actually, we don’t have to take it, exactly—we can share it with the kids.
Ecology is a highly practical branch of science: nothing could be more “down to earth” than preservation of the planet. Yet there is a facet of ecological awareness that is often overlooked: the spiritual dimension.
Everything has its place in the plan of creation, and it is “good.” It becomes “very good” when all the parts are working in unison.
Why suppress human nature in favor of environmental nature? Are we not all part of the same ecological system?
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