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  • New! Uplifting People and Planet 

    /uploadedImages/site/Torah_Study/uplifting-cover.jpgExciting news!  Just in time for Tu b’Shevat, Canfei Nesharim and Jewcology are proud to announce the launch of a new ebook exploring traditional Jewish teachings on the environment, Uplifting People and Planet: Eighteen Essential Jewish Lessons on the Environment, edited by Rabbi Yonatan Neril and Evonne Marzouk.

    This ebook is the most comprehensive study available in English of how Jewish traditional sources teach us to protect our natural resources and preserve the environment. From food to trees, energy to water, wealth to biodiversity, the book studies eighteen topics where Jewish tradition has a relevant lesson for today's environmental challenges. 

     

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    Important Update

    On behalf of the Board of Directors of Canfei Nesharim, I'm writing to share with you the news of an important transition for our organization which will take place over the next several months.

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  • Weekly Torah Lessons

    Eitz Chayim Hee: A Torah Commentary for  
    Environmental Learning and Action 
      
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  • Acharei Mot: Raising Up The Physical

     

    One of the most refined and holy of all the offerings brought in Jewish worship during the time of the Temple, and the time of the Tent of Meeting before it, was that of the ketoret, the special blend of incense. The burning of the incense comes to its utmost expression in this weekly Torah portion of Acherei Mot, where it becomes the offering of the High Priest on Yom Kippur as he enters into the Holy of Holies.[1] This portion can illuminate for us the Torah’s insistence that we raise up the beauty of the physical world into spiritual service. Moreover, the incense offering of the High Priest is contrasted with the failed offering of Aaron's sons Nadav and Avihu, which resulted in their death. From this contrast, we can also begin to understand the Torah’s perspective on proper and improper use of the environment. Furthermore, the Haftorah [2] associated with this portion offers us strong indication of how we might apply this Torah perspective in our contemporary situation.

    Kedoshim: Stumbling Blocks

    “You shall not place a stumbling block in front of a blind person; and you shall have fear of your G-d – I am Hashem.” (Leviticus 19;14) Would any of us really place an obstacle that a blind person could trip over?


  • Help Us Take Flight

    You can help us preserve Hashem's resources and create a better world for our children.  Support our Work.

    Would you like to bring Torah and environment education to your shul or day school?  Contact us for more information.

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