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“To Till and To Tend”— Jewish Environmental Ethics around Food Production and Consumption
Please join us with Daniel B. Fink, who is in his twenty-seventh year of serving as Rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel in Boise, Idaho. An ardent environmentalist, he is the co-author of Let the Earth Teach You Torah and Judaism and Ecology. In this session,  we will discuss how Jewish texts, traditions and values can help us learn to produce and consume food in ways that would significantly slow—and eventually even reverse—catastrophic climate change. We will look at the significance of eating a plant-rich diet through the lens of the Creation story and examine how Jewish laws around the sabbatical and Jubilee years can be reflected in land management and food production techniques. Finally, we will apply the Jewish imperative of bal tashchit—derived from the biblical ban on using fruit trees for siege works—to questions of food waste, which Drawdown names as the #3 cause of climate change. In short, we will look at the convergence of Jewish wisdom and contemporary best practices around food production and consumption.

Jun 14, 2021 06:45 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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