Resources


Laments: A Fresh Translation of Lamentations with Reflections on Theodicy and the Earth

This translation will help you dig in to the meaning of Tisha B'Av. It's closest to the Hebrew, a phrase by phrase translation, with a visceral impact. You'll also find brief essays on theodicy and evil, and Shmita and the Earth and exile. This pdf is the handout format. To get pdf files you can print out and staple in the middle like a booklet, go to neohasid.org/resources/laments.

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Haggadah of the Inner Seder

Discover the deep ritual and literary structure of the seder! Learn awesome insights and develop your own! Get to know the real haggadah -- it's mind-blowing! Download the free "Haggadah of the Inner Seder" (18 pp.). PDF, RTF, and DOC versions, along with a brief guide to the haggadah's features, can be found at: http://neohasid.org/zman/pesach/InnerSeder/. You can also go to neohasid.org for Omer Counter apps, and for information about David Seidenberg's new book, Kabbalah and Ecology: God's Image in the More-Than-Human World, published by Cambridge University Press. (has 2 attachments)

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Tu B’Shvat Blessing for Shmita

Here's a beautiful blessing for the Shmita year at your Tu Bishvat seder or at any meal this whole Sabbatical year: "May the merciful One turn our hearts toward the land, so that we may dwell together with her in her sabbath-rest the whole year of Shmita." Harachaman hu yashiv libeinu el ha’aretz l’ma’an neisheiv yachad imah b’shovtah, kol sh’nat hash’mitah! הָרַחֲמָן הוּא יָשִיב לִבֵּינוּ אֶל הָאָרֶץ לְמַעַן נֵשֵב יָחַד עִמָהּ בְּשָׁבְתהּ, כָּל שְׁנַת הַשְׁמִ...

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Help Netiya convert unused congregational land to grow food!

We believe that eating healthy, fresh food is a fundamental right and a shared spiritual ethic. We’ve launched project Open Grove with Seeds of Hope, repurposing unused congregational land to grow orchards and build food security in LA. This competitive grant process ends Tuesday (9/16) at noon. Learn about it and please take a moment to vote for us to make it happen! Help us take one for the team! http://goo.gl/RyRYvE

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Tu Bishvat — tremendous resources on neohasid.org

Location: Boulder CO, Berkeley CA and worldwide Time: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 5:00PM Tu Bishvat -- the full moon of Shvat -- the New Year for the Trees is Wednesday! It's the Kabbalistic celebration of the cosmic Tree of Life, and it's been the focal point of Jewish ecology since the 70's. There are beautiful rituals, and NeoHasid has tremendous resources you can use to celebrate, including 3 different haggadot, source sheets, and the original Tu Bishvat blessing. Go to: http://neohasid.org/resources/tu_bishvat/ Tu Bishvat is the time we pray ...

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Year of Jewish Policy Engagement on the Environment

Jewcology is partnering with the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life in a 2014 Year of Engagement. Become a partner in engaging your community this year! Together, we will organize Jewish campaigns throughout the year to help you learn about opportunities to make a difference on key environmental issues at the national and state level, to get to know your elected representatives, and to engage your community. How can Jewish environmental advocacy make a difference? The Jewish community has a long history of championing support for Israel and social ... (has 5 attachments)

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Make an Ice Menorah!

How to make an ice menorah: (from http://neohasid.org/zman/chanukah/ice_menorah/) First, here's what's cool about an ice menorah: reflections in the ice; it floats - water is amazing and awesome; renewable resource - and if it's cold enough where you are, just freeze it outside; meditate on climate change and melting glaciers, and resolve to do something about it! Here's how to do it: 1) Set candles in cardboard brace. 2) Fill loaf pan or any container part way and set brace over it -- see diagram. Candles should be immersed half ... (has 1 attachments)

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Thanksgivukkah 2 coming sooner than you think! Climate change coming sooner!

You may have heard the next Thanksgivukkah--the mashup of Thankgiving and Chanukkah--won’t come for 79,000 years.That’s not exactly right. In fact, this is just the one time for a very long while that the *second* night of Chanukkah will coincide with Thanksgiving. But the first night of Chanukkah will fall out on Thanksgiving in 2070, and then again in 2165. 2070 is soon enough that most Jews under 30 will be there to celebrate. That’s a long time, but it’s on a time scale similar to the Jubilee, which is every 50th year. I’ll explain ...

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When Life Gives You Leftovers, Make a New Meal!

Posted by Jewcology on behalf of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 4056 Please share widely. Cadette Girl Scout Troop 4056 is pleased to present, as its silver award project, this cookbook of recipes that not only use leftover or excess food as ingredients but also conform to Jewish dietary laws, or kashrut. In preparation for this project, the troop earned the New Cuisines badge and experimented with cooking foods from different times, places and cultures. The troop also volunteered in the kitchen at Martha’s Table, a Washington, D.C. organization ... (has 1 attachments)

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Hayom Harat Olam — a meditation on the Earth for Rosh Hashanah

According to the tradition, the creation of the world was completed on Rosh Hashanah. In the traditional liturgy, this is reflected in the idea that the world itself is reborn. After we hear the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, we call out the words "Hayom Harat Olam!" meaning, "Today is the birthday of the world! Today the world is born!" But this birthday is not just one of celebration. The line we add after "Hayom Harat Olam" is "Today the world stands in judgment." These two motifs alone should give us pause today to consider ...

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Prayer for the Preservation of the Environment

The attached prayer with a (non literal) English translation was born of my deep concern for the welfare of our unique environment and the belief that as human beings and Jews, we have a responsibility to address this issue both spiritually and practically. In its composition, I have been helped by people of deep wisdom and generosity.* If you find value in the prayer very humbly invite you to make use of it and to share it with others. Richard Shavei Tzion Jerusalem * My grateful thanks to: Rabbi Professor Benjamin Ish-Shalom, Gabi Lindenberg, Levia ... (has 1 attachments)

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Two bad ideas that are supposed to be good for us

Ever use anti-bacterial soap? First, bacteria are supposed to be on our skin--the right kind of bacteria form an essential part of our body's defenses against disease and intruders. Second, if you use a soap with triclosan, not only are you helping to create bacteria resistant to one of the most important anti-bacterial chemicals used in hospitals, you are also sending a bacteriacide into the rivers and lakes and oceans and drains, where it persists and unravels the fabric of the aquatic ecosystem. Triclosan is not removed by the typical sewage treatment plant, it ...

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Shmita: The Purpose of Sinai

This coming Shabbat, Shabbat Behar, May 3-4, Rabbi David Seidenberg (neohasid.org) will be teaching on "Shmita: The Purpose of Sinai" at the Carlebach Shul in Manhattan, at Friday night dinner and at Seudah Shlishit Saturday evening after Mincha. Seudah Shlishit is free. To register for dinner go to: http://www.carlebachshul.org/UpSchedule/Shabbat/SpecialGuest.htm. ... (has 1 attachments)

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Actions to Save Energy

"While we cannot remove ourselves from the necessity of using energy, we have a moral obligation to work toward protecting our environment. There must be a sustainable alternative to how we live now. "The need to address our dependence on fossil fuels and increase our energy security has become central to our time. Although international commitments and legislation in Washington are critical in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing energy independence, our challenge is not to passively wait for policymakers to finally make their next moves. We need to bring ...

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Actions to Reduce Food Waste

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in 2010 alone, more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated, with only three percent diverted from landfills and incinerators for composting. Reducing the amount of wasted food has significant economic, social and environmental benefits, including reducing methane from landfills, reducing resource use, lowering costs, and getting food to the people who need it. Most people recognize that they waste some of their food, but haven't put effort into reducing it. The goal of the Year of Action's Food ...

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Reduce Food Waste Actions

Below is the full list of Reduce Food Waste Actions released so far in Jewcology's Year of Action. Reduce Food Waste Actions 1. Track My Food Waste for a Week Learn more about the food you are throwing away in your home; the types of foods you are throwing away, when you’re throwing it away, and why. You can use this great food waste diary as a tool, and make notes to record what you've learned! Check it out here: http://england.lovefoodhatewaste.com/sites/files/lfhw/LFHW_Food_Diary_WEB_FORM_2.f1ce6cf5.4870....

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Energy Saving Actions

Below is the full list of Energy Saving Actions released so far in Jewcology's Year of Action. Energy Saving Actions 1. Assess Energy Use in my Home Knowledge is power. The first step in any large undertaking is to find out where you are now! Set aside an hour to walk around your home and make note of areas where energy may be wasted. Look for drafts, leaks, old appliances and light bulbs, and things plugged in that are not being used. For more ideas, see http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/do-it-yourself-home-energy-audi...

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Teaching #18: The Glory in Creation Valuing Biodiversity

Core Teaching #18: The Glory in Creation Valuing Biodiversity We live in an amazingly diverse world, with approximately 8.3 million unique species described by scientists, and likely twice that number that have not yet been discovered. Jewish sources teach that G-d has joy in the diversity and continuity of creation, and that G-d sees a purpose in each of these species. This biodiversity is an expression of G-d’s glory, a testament to the extraordinary creativity of our Creator. Our tradition has a tremendous sense of appreciation for the diverse and ...

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