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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)
Category Archives: Human Rights
“Patience gives us an opportunity to test our faith.” I heard these words today as I took a break from working to wash the dishes that had accumulated in my kitchen sink. I have had the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart … Continue reading
This Shabbat (Dec. 8-9) precedes both International Human Rights Day (Dec. 10) and Chanukah (beginning Tuesday, Dec. 12). To honor this global holiday, Jewishly, Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb offers this d’var Torah on the week’s Torah portion, Parashat Vayeshev, by viewing the … Continue reading
During the Hebrew month of Elul ~ the last cycle of the moon before we enter a new year through the gates of the Yamim Nora’im (Days of Awe) ~ Jewish practice is to do cheshbon ha’nefesh (a soul accounting). This opportunity is … Continue reading
This is a crosspost from Faith in Public Life’s 100 Days of Justice (www.justice100.org), an initiative which partners with voices from diverse religious, racial, cultural backgrounds and LGTBQ communities to widely share resources, stories and calls to action at both the national and … Continue reading
Just as no emergency room doctor ever hopes for an accident, no clergy person ever hopes for desperate times. And … I cannot help but notice the dramatic uptick in people seeking my spiritual services (both personal and communal) in … Continue reading
This post is based on an essay by Joseph Gindi which is the first in a new series from American Jewish World Service (AJWS) entitled JustThought. This monthly publication will dive deeply into a key issue or question. For their inaugural post, AJWS examines the … Continue reading
Zichrono livracha, we say when we speak of the dead. May their names be for blessing … This has been a week filled with a level of pain and grief and outrage that we can barely begin to process. So filled … Continue reading
The following is an offering from AJWS (American Jewish World Service) authored by Lisa Exler and originally published as part of the AJWS weekly Dvar Tzedek series in May, 2011. Walking—putting one foot after the other—is, for many of us, … Continue reading
On behalf of the Little Minyan Kehilla, a congregation that has ALWAYS celebrated the richness of the fabric of humanity and the boundless nature of love, I express great delight in the news from the United States Supreme Court today. … Continue reading
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