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Pharaoh and Fossil Fuels

What possible connections can we make between Pharaoh in the story of Passover, to our addiction to fossil fuels? Rabbi Yonatan Neril speaks on the importance of renewable, sustainable energy in our world. https://www.facebook.com/jewishecoseminars/videos/1803193639747690/ Filmed in Jerusalem, 2018.

The Titanic vs. Noah’s Ark

What is the connection between the Titanic and Noah's Ark? Find out with this fascinating commentary on environmentalism and human behavior! Join Rabbi Yonatan Neril as he connects climate change to consumption, and greed to God. https://www.facebook.com/interfaithsustain/videos/1325157687541768/ Filmed in Jerusalem, 2017.

What does God have to do with eggs?

Rabbi Yonatan Neril shares the realities of the egg industry in Israel - and connects it to God. Is the egg industry ethical? Is it compassionate? Is it even sustainable? https://www.facebook.com/interfaithsustain/videos/1813940455330153/ Filmed in Jerusalem, 2018.

Sewage Reused

How can waste water be treated for reuse? Understand how Israel became a leader in water reuse - and the impacts on our health and food - with Rabbi Yonatan Neril of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development: https://www.facebook.com/interfaithsustain/videos/325386488310182/ Filmed in Israel, 2018.

Water is Life

Join Rabbi Yonatan Neril in exploring water waste and recycling in Israel. If you've ever wondered where drinking water OR toilet water comes from, this video answers that - but also raises MORE questions about the future of water in Israel and the Middle East. https://www.facebook.com/interfaithsustain/videos/1013431492178159/ Filmed in Israel, 2018.

What does God have to do with donuts?

On Chanukah, do you ever question the origins or impact of the traditional donut - the sufganiya? Join Rabbi Yonatan Neril as he asks about these delicious treats! https://www.facebook.com/jewishecoseminars/videos/2230149410368746/ Filmed in Jerusalem, 2018.

Trash, Passover, and the Earth

Rabbi Yonatan Neril of Jewish Eco Seminars filmed this video about wastefulness of food. It challenges us to question: What is a reasonable amount of chametz (leavened bread) to destroy before Pesach? How can we plan for getting rid of chametz in order to minimize the amount of edible food that we throw away or burn? What is the most enlightened way that both destroys chametz and doesn't excessively waste good food? https://www.facebook.com/jewishecoseminars/videos/1799059336827787/ Filmed in Jerusalem, 2018.

Chanukah and the Land

Join Rabbi Yonatan Neril as he connects the seminal song of Chanukah, "Ma O'tzur," to a sustainable use of land! https://www.youtube.com/embed/rOb8fDfnV2g   Posted by Jewish Eco Seminars on Sunday, December 9, 2018. Filmed 2018 in Jerusalem.

Commentary on Tu B’Shvat

Rabbi Yonatan Neril of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development filmed this Tu BiShvat commentary from Jerusalem. How does our tree use connect to the Garden of Eden, to the Patriarchs, to the Temple, and to Israel today? Watch below! https://www.facebook.com/interfaithsustain/videos/1715649478492585/ Filmed in Jerusalem, 2018.

Egoism is the Spiritual Root of the Climate Crisis

At the 2016 UN Climate Change Conference, Rabbi Yonatan Neril spoke about the shift from spiritual to self, and the need to adopt altruism over egoism. https://www.facebook.com/interfaithsustain/videos/1386286778095525/

Haggadah of the Inner Seder

Discover the deep ritual and literary structure of the seder! Learn awesome insights and develop your own! The real haggadah is mind-blowing! Download the latest version of the free "Haggadah of the Inner Seder" (20 pp.). PDF, and DOC versions, and learn about the haggadah's features, at neohasid.org. You can also go to neohasid.org for Omer Counter apps, and get information about David Seidenberg's book, Kabbalah and Ecology: God's Image in the More-Than-Human World, published by Cambridge University Press, now in paperback.

What is the true meaning of the Lulav and the Sukkah?

What is a lulav? Here's the executive summary: Each of the four species of plant represents one of the four types of habitats in Israel. 1) Lulav-Palm branch = desert 2) Hadas-Myrtle = mountains 3) Aravot-Willow = rivers and streams 4) Etrog-Citron = lowlands, agricultural land Each one needs the most water of all the species that grow in its region. Between them, they make a kind of ecological map of Israel, and they represent last year's rainfall. And we use them to ask for this year's rain. What is a Sukkah? The covering of the Sukkah is made of branches and leaves cut from the ground or the tree, but not manufactured into someth...

The King is the Field – Chabad Insights on the Divinity of Creation for Rosh Hashanah and Elul

During the High Holidays, we strive to fashion our heart to become a dwelling place for God in the physical, earthly realm – a dirah batachtonim. However, the earliest aggadic (storytelling) midrash, Genesis Rabbah (fourth or fifth century), taught that “the root/essence of God’s presence was in the lower creatures /`iqar Shekhinah batachtonim haytah.” (19:7) If the Shekhinah, the indwelling presence of God, was essentially in all creatures, how did we arrive at the idea that the primary dwelling place of God was within the human heart? This is the journey I would like to share below. According to Genesis Rabbah, even though the ...

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.

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 הַשְׁמִיטָה The words of this blessing were written by Rabbi David Seidenberg. Nili ...

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

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 for the fruit trees to have enough water, sunshine, and love to be able to ...

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 justice causes. For the last twenty years, we have been learning and changing our ...

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 inch or more in water. 3) Shamash (not pictured) -- fill dixie cup or any ...

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

You may have heard the next Thanksgivukkah--the mashup of Thanksgiving 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 below why the number 79,000 is wrong for ecological and sociological reasons. But we have to make two ...