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The Environment

Can Observant Jews Be Climate Activists?
Are there any issues I should be careful to avoid when approaching religious Jews on the topic of sustainability?
Judaism and Environmentalism: Bal Tashchit
The commandment of Bal Tashchit—do not destroy or waste—has long been considered central to a Jewish environmental ethic. What is the basis for the commandment?
The Biblical Environmentalist
Does man belong to nature, or does nature belong to man?
Ecology and Spirituality in Jewish Tradition
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.
Jewish Ecology
Why suppress human nature in favor of environmental nature? Are we not all part of the same ecological system?
For All He Made in Wisdom
Words of our sages concerning respect for all creations
They passed by a carcass rotting by the side of the road and one of the men exclaimed, “What a stench this carcass makes!” Upon which the pious man commented, “It has fine white teeth.” Meaning, “Why are you speaking of its ugliness? Contemplate that there is something to praise about it!”
Population Explosion
No person has ever declared on his or her deathbed, "I wish I'd had fewer children"
The Jewish View on Hunting for Sport
Does Judaism have anything to say about hunting as a sport?
What Gives Us the Right to Kill Animals?
From man I expect good and bad. From G-d I expected only good. Until I learned about the animal sacrifices. Apparently G-d actually wants them. Imagine, a place set aside for slaughter -- in a temple!
Judaism and Vegetarianism
For better or for worse, meat is an undeniable favorite on the kosher menu. Is this good? Let’s have a look . . .
Why Aren't We Vegetarians?
If Judaism requires us to be kind to animals, shouldn't we be vegetarians?
Who Controls the Weather?
What is our responsibility toward the environment? To what lengths must we go to protect open spaces or endangered species? And are we at fault for natural disasters?
Respecting the Earth, and Our Part in It
Well before environmental spokespeople were echoing a call for greater sensitivity towards the planet planet, G‑d had formulated the concept
Killing Spotted Lantern Flies & Other Invasive Species
Officials in Eastern United States have warned that the spotted lantern fly poses a threat and is encouraging the public to kill them on sight. Is this the Jewish way?