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Core teachings on 18 topics linking Torah and the environment were released between Tu b'Shevat 5772 and Tu b'Shevat 5773.
The materials were shared at least 145 times on the web, in at least 99 social media postings, and reached over 51,000 people during the course of the year, as part of a Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment.
The materials comprise the most comprehensive set of learning materials on Torah and the environment ever created, and are intended as a resource for the entire Jewish community!
From food, energy and waste to consumerism, Shabbat and prayer, the materials cover eighteen topics where the Torah’s wisdom has an important message for today. All materials have been reviewed by Canfei Nesharim’s Rabbinic Advisory Board of Orthodox rabbanim for halachic and hashkafic approval, and by Canfei Nesharim’s Science and Technology Advisory Board to ensure scientific integrity.
Each of the 18 topics includes a short article (800 words) with a brief overview of the topic for blogs and articles; a long article (2000-2500 words) for in-depth study of the topic; a study guide with Hebrew/English sources and discussion questions for chavruta study or group learning, a podcast with a teaching on this topic; and a short video for sharing.
Core Teaching #1: Trees, Torah, and Caring for the Earth
Core Teaching #2: Summoning the Will Not to Waste
Core Teaching #3: Compassion for All Creatures
Core Teaching #4: Sustainability in Settling the Land of Israel
Core Teaching #5: Slowing Down: Shabbat and Environmental Awareness
Core Teaching #6: Countering Destruction: Lessons from Noach
Core Teaching #7: Holy Use: Relating to Resources Sustainably
Core Teaching #8: The Spiritual Roots of the Environmental Crisis
Core Teaching #9: Passing the Test of Wealth
Core Teaching #10: Water: Appreciating a Limited Resource
Core Teaching #11: Praying for a Sustainable World
Core Teaching #12: Genesis and Human Stewardship of the Earth
Core Teaching #13: We are How We Eat: A Jewish Approach to Food and Sustainability
Core Teaching #14: Let the Land Rest: Lessons from Shemita, the Sabbatical Year
Core Teaching #15: Toward a Wiser Use of Energy
Core Teaching #16: Being a Good Neighbor
Core Teaching #17: Guard Yourselves Very Well
Core Teaching #18: The Glory in Creation: Valuing Biodiversity
The Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment is a partnership project organized by Canfei Nesharim and Jewcology, with support from the ROI Community, a community of young Jewish innovators founded by Lynn Schusterman and the Shedlin Outreach Foundation.