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Eco-Judaism ~ We were a People of the Land before a People of the Book
The Little Minyan strives to work in harmony with the environment in all that we do. It is not only in our hearts and on our lips in prayer, but in our action. We bring our own plates and cutlery to many potlucks and use compostable products. The foods we share are often from backyards, Farmer's Markets, or local CSAs. We often joke that we may not all be sure we believe in G!d, but we all believe in actively caring for the Earth.
Please consider bringing your own mug to an oneg Shabbat or finding other small and large ways to live the Jewish value of bal tashchit (do not waste or destroy). So many of our contemporary environmental problems revolve around the issue of waste production and disposal. The average person produces about 4 pounds of waste each and every day. Bal tashchit is a response to this modern problem lies at the heart of our Jewish wisdom tradition (from Biblical times to the present day).
It was a common practice in times of old for invading armies to demoralize their enemy by "slash and burn" tactics, literally wiping out orchards, vineyards and fields. Never was this practice tolerated by Jewish tradition. More importantly, this prohibition does not just apply in time of warfare. (D'varim/Deuteronomy 20:19-20)