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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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The Glory in Creation: Valuing Biodiversity (Video)

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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The Glory in Creation: Valuing Biodiversity (Podcast)

Core Teaching #18: The Glory in Creation: Valuing Biodiversity Click here to listen to Jewcology's podcast on Biodiversity. These materials are posted as part of Jewcology’s Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment, in partnership with Canfei Nesharim. Jewcology thanks the Shedlin Outreach Foundation and the ROI community for their generous support, which made the Jewcology project possible. See all Core Teaching #18: Valuing Biodeversity materials! Learn more about the Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment!

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The Glory in Creation: Valuing Biodiversity (Source Sheet)

Core Teaching #18: The Glory in Creation Enjoy this Hebrew/English source sheet and study guide on the topic of Biodiversity. Discussion questions provided! These materials are posted as part of Jewcology’s Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment, in partnership with Canfei Nesharim. Jewcology thanks the Shedlin Outreach Foundation and the ROI community for their generous support, which made the Jewcology project possible. See all Core Teaching #18: Valuing Biodiversity materials! Learn more about the Year of Jewish Learning on the Environm... (has 1 attachments)

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The Glory in Creation: Valuing Biodiversity (Longer Article)

Core Teaching #18 The Glory in Creation: Valuing Biodiversity By Rabbi Shaul David Judelman 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.[1] 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. As Chief Rabbi Jonathan ...

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The Glory in Creation: Valuing Biodiversity (Summary Article)

Core Teaching #18 The Glory in Creation: Valuing Biodiversity By Rabbi Shaul David Judelman According to the Talmudic sage Rav, “Of all the things that the Holy One, Blessed be He created in this world, nothing was created without a purpose.”[1] All creatures from humans to mice to rivers to sand are seen as a manifestation of G-d’s wisdom and glory.[2] As Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks teaches, “the unity of God is to be found in the diversity of creation.”[3] We live in an amazingly diverse world, with approxim...

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Year of Action: Assumptions

Assumptions for Energy Actions General disclaimer: The purpose of this program is to demonstrate our shared impact as a group, and so we’ve taken advantage of U.S. national averages.  Depending on where you live and your specific energy circumstances, your individual results may vary. To learn more about your personal energy use and savings, we suggest using the ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick: https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=HOME_ENERGY_YARDSTICK.showGetStarted&s=m. Energy savings accounted in this program relate only to direct ...

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The One-Page Save-the-Trees Tu Bishvat Haggadah

Use this haggadah from neohasid.org to guide your Tu Bishvat seder! Fill in the steps with poetry, prayers, songs, stories, picture and activities that you bring, or go to neohasid.org to get text study sheets, prayers, and other tremendous resources. You'll find three versions of the One-Page Save-the-Trees haggadah: one easy version without Hebrew in black and white (scroll to bottom), and one with Hebrew and more Kabbalah, in either color or in black and white. The color version follows the black and white one--it's beautiful. This is some of the best ... (has 3 attachments)

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Teaching #17: Guard Yourselves Very Well

Core Teaching #17: Guard Yourselves Very Well The Jewish tradition places a strong value on being healthy. The Torah states, “Guard yourself and guard your soul very much" and “You shall guard yourselves very well." The Jewish Sages explain that these verses refer to the mitzvah (commandment) of protecting one’s physical body and health. There are very many applications of this mitzvah to guard our health. Jewish law employs a term-- Ba’al Nefesh Yachmir, or “A master of the spirit will be stringent”-- when a ...
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Guard Yourselves Very Well (Video)

Core Teaching #17: Guard Yourselves Very Well The Jewish tradition places a strong value on being healthy. The Torah states, “Guard yourself and guard your soul very much" and “You shall guard yourselves very well." The Jewish Sages explain that these verses refer to the mitzvah (commandment) of protecting one’s physical body and health. There are very many applications of this mitzvah to guard our health. Jewish law employs a term-- Ba’al Nefesh Yachmir, or “A master of the spirit will be stringent”-- when a sage ...
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Guard Yourselves Very Well (Longer Article)

Core Teaching #17 Guard Yourselves Very Well By Evonne Marzouk and Rabbi Yonatan Neril[1] The Torah teaches us to choose life.[2] The decisions we make must enhance our ability (and the ability of others) to live in this world as healthy physical and spiritual beings. The Sages throughout the generations internalized this concept very deeply both in the way they lived their own lives and in the way they guided others to live. In this article, we will explore the Jewish value of protecting our health, and how these lessons can guide us in ... (has 1 attachments)

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Guard Yourselves Very Well (Podcast)

Core Teaching #17: Guard Yourselves Very Well Click here to listen to Jewcology's podcast on Protecting Our Health. These materials are posted as part of Jewcology’s Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment, in partnership with Canfei Nesharim. Jewcology thanks the Shedlin Outreach Foundation and the ROI community for their generous support, which made the Jewcology project possible. See all Core Teaching #17: Guard Yourselves Very Well materials! Learn more about the Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment!
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Guard Yourselves Very Well (Source Sheet)

Core Teaching #17: Guard Yourselves Very Well Enjoy this Hebrew/English source sheet and study guide on the topic of being a good neighbor. Discussion questions provided! These materials are posted as part of Jewcology’s Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment, in partnership with Canfei Nesharim. Jewcology thanks the Shedlin Outreach Foundation and the ROI community for their generous support, which made the Jewcology project possible. See all Core Teaching #17: Guard Yourselves Very Well materials! Learn more about the Year of Jewish ... (has 1 attachments)
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Guard Yourselves Very Well (Summary Article)

Core Teaching #17 Guard Yourselves Very Well By Evonne Marzouk and Rabbi Yonatan Neril[1] The Jewish tradition places a strong value on being healthy.The Torah states, “Guard yourself and guard your soul very much"[2] and “You shall guard yourselves very well."[3] Jewish Sages explain that these verses refer to the mitzvah (commandment) of protecting one’s physical body and health. Maimonides (Spain, 1135-1204)explains this obligation as that one needs to distance oneself from things that might damage one’s ... (has 1 attachments)

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Tu BiSh’vat Seder

This is a basic (7 page) seder with readings and songs for each of the four worlds/themes. Suitable for all audiences and the text (from the pdf) can be cut and paste into a word processor and further customized. (has 1 attachments)

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Teaching #16: Being a Good Neighbor

Core Teaching #16: Being a Good Neighbor Living in this world means being a neighbor. This fundamental principle is found in the very roots of the Hebrew language. According to Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch: “[The Hebrew word] shachan means both to dwell, and also to be a neighbor… In Jewish thought, to dwell means to be a neighbor. When a Jew takes a place on earth to be his dwelling place he must at the same time concede space and domain to his fellow men for a similar dwelling place.” Being a good neighbor is a Jewish obligation. It ...
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Being a Good Neighbor (Video)

Core Teaching #16: Being a Good Neighbor In this video Rabbi Yona Metzger, Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel, shares the Jewish vision of our responsibility to protect our world.! These materials are posted as part of Jewcology’s Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment, in partnership with Canfei Nesharim. Jewcology thanks the Shedlin Outreach Foundation and the ROI community for their generous support, which made the Jewcology project possible. See all Core Teaching #16: Being a Good Neighbor! Learn more about the Year of Jewish Learning on the ...

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Being a Good Neighbor (Podcast)

Core Teaching #16: Being a Good Neighbor Click here to listen to Jewcology's podcast on being a good neighbor. These materials are posted as part of Jewcology’s Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment, in partnership with Canfei Nesharim. Jewcology thanks the Shedlin Outreach Foundation and the ROI community for their generous support, which made the Jewcology project possible. See all Core Teaching #16: Being a Good Neighbor Materials! Learn more about the Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment!
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Being a Good Neighbor (Source Sheet)

Core Teaching #16: Being a Good Neighbor Enjoy this Hebrew/English source sheet and study guide on the topic of being a good neighbor. Discussion questions provided! These materials are posted as part of Jewcology’s Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment, in partnership with Canfei Nesharim. Jewcology thanks the Shedlin Outreach Foundation and the ROI community for their generous support, which made the Jewcology project possible. See all Core Teaching #16: Being a Good Neighbor Materials! Learn more about the Year of Jewish Learning on the ... (has 1 attachments)
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Being a Good Neighbor (Longer Article)

Core Teaching #16 Being a Good Neighbor By Dr. Akiva Wolff Living in this world means being a neighbor. This fundamental principle is so deep in the Jewish tradition that it is found in the very roots of our native language. According to 19th Century sage, Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch: “[The Hebrew word] shachan means both to dwell, and also to be a neighbor. Therein lies the highest social ideal. In Jewish thought, to dwell means to be a neighbor. When a Jew takes a place on earth to be his dwelling place he must at the same time concede space ...
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