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Ethics of Eden

A Study of Judaism’s Environmental Perspective.

“Despise no-one and deem nothing impossible; for there is no person who does not have his hour – and there is no thing that does not have its place.”

Pirkei Avot/Ethics of our Fathers 4:3

There’s never been a better time than now to consider our place on the planet, as human beings and as Jews. In fact, way back in the Garden of Eden, humanity was given a job to do: To work and to protect the planet.

How do we fulfil this mandate? How should we as Jews look at the world around us? Is there such a thing as animal rights in the Torah? Is recycling a mitzvah (command) from the Torah? What’s so special about trees anyway? From biodiversity to sustainability, from conservation to green spaces… turns out all these are part of our way of life as a species and a people.

Together we’ll seek to understand how important – and Jewish – it is to be green.

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