Question of the Week #9

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb, of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, MD and the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, asks Jewcology's Question of the Week.

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  • Joe Orlow
    February 1, 2011 (8:35 pm)

    My favorite “environmental” Mitzvah is: Love Your Friend as You Love Yourself. What greater way to be nice to my friends than to do what I can to make sure they live in a clean, pristine, healthy, uplifting world?

  • Evonne Marzouk
    February 1, 2011 (9:03 pm)

    nishmartem v’nafshotechem – guarding your health.

  • Joelle Novey
    February 1, 2011 (10:20 pm)

    תדיר ושאינו תדיר, תדיר קודם “tadir v’she’ayno tadir, tadir kodem”
    My take: Everyday habits matter more than things we do once in a while.

  • Rabbi Goldie Milgram
    February 1, 2011 (10:32 pm)

    Lifnei iyver lo titeyn mikshol-before a blind person don’t put a stumbling block. i.e., if someone is obese don’t put chocolate cake in front of them; if someone has poor sexual boundaries don’t wear a revealing outfit; if someone has no eyesight don’t put things down in their home where they wouldn’t expect them, etc.

  • Fred Scherlinder Dobb
    February 2, 2011 (11:44 am)

    Lo tachmod, “do not covet” (Ex. 20 / Dt. 5, to answer my own question!) — the world can sustain infinite spiritual & communal & personal growth, but not so growth in GNP and in ‘stuff’ — being happy with what we already have is a key eco-mitzvah.

  • Nili Simhai
    February 6, 2011 (9:23 pm)


  • Adam Griff
    February 7, 2011 (11:56 am)

    At Adamah Adventures, we love teaching our campers “With your gear you shall have a spike, and when you have squatted you shall dig a hole with it and cover up your poop.” (Deut. 23.14) Jews have been practicing LNT for thousands of years!

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