Torah and the Environment

enviroLast Monday was Earth Day – a day in which we demonstrate support for environmental protection.

On Earth Day I tweeted:

“According to the Torah, we are placed on this earth to tend and watch over it (Gen 2:15). Happy Earth Day! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. #EarthDay”

I also posted something similar on Facebook. I was surprised to hear some of the responses. People often do not associate Torah values with that of being good stewards of the environment. However, the Torah has much to say about our role towards the world in which we live.

Therefore, I was really happy to see First Fruits of Zion’s blog post today on Torah and the Environment, which gives a great perspective from not only a traditional Jewish sources, but additionally, a Messianic Jewish perspective for those of us who are followers of Yeshua.

I greatly encourage you to check it out!

About Rabbi Joshua

I'm a Rabbi, writer, thinker, mountain biker, father and husband ... not necessarily in that order. According to my wife, however, I'm just a big nerd. I have degrees in dead languages and ancient stuff. I have studied in various Jewish institutions, including an Orthodox yeshiva in Europe. I get in trouble for making friends with perfect strangers, and for standing on chairs to sing during Shabbos dinner. In addition to being the Senior Rabbi of Simchat Yisrael Messianic Synagogue in West Haven, CT, I write regularly for several publications and speak widely in congregations and conferences. My wife is a Southern-fried Jewish Beltway bandit and a smokin' hot human rights attorney... and please don’t take offense if I dump Tabasco sauce on your cooking.
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1 Response to Torah and the Environment

  1. Toby Janicki says:

    Thanks for posting this , Joshua! Glad you liked the article and share in the commitment to preserve and take care of HaShem’s creation.

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