Can we re-imagine our relationship to the earth—using the
viewpoints and texts of the last four millennia?
Human responses to the natural world stretching back through the last 4,000 years come to life in this major new resource providing a diverse group of ecological and religious voices. It gives us an invaluable key to understanding the intersection of ecology and Judaism, and offers the wisdom of Judaism in dealing with the present environmental crisis.
Both intelligent and accessible, Torah of the Earth is an essential resource and a reminder to us that humans and the earth are intertwined.
More than 30 leading scholars and experts enlighten, provoke, and provide a guided tour of ecological thought from four major Jewish viewpoints:
Thaer Abu Diab • Leonard Yehudah Angel • Jeremy Benstein • Philip I. Bentley• Ellen Bernstein • David B. Brooks • Irene Diamond • Fred Dobb • David Ehrenfeld • Evan Eisenberg • Erich Fromm • Tikva Frymer-Kensky • Everett Gendler • A. D. Gordon • Arthur Green • Jonathan Helfand • Abraham Joshua Heschel • Naomi Mara Hyman • Norman Lamm • Michael Lerner • Aurora Levins Morales • Judith Plaskow • Yossi Sarid • David Schechter • Eilon Schwartz • Jeremy Schwartz • David Seidenberg • Evi Seidman • Paul Pesach Smith • David E. Sulomm Stein • Margot L. Stein • Alon Tal • Robin Twite • Arthur Waskow
“In an age where Jews and Christians are reawakening to the miracle of creation, Torah of the Earth is a great blessing…. Offers a pathway to God that is grounded, whole and holy. This book is a treasure!”
—Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University
“A fine, challenging collection…. Judaism comes alive with new intellectual and spiritual vigor in these wonderful essays.”
—Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College
“The premier text for the burgeoning and reawakening of Jewish activism on behalf of the environment.”
—Adam Werbach, host of The Thin Green Line on the Outdoor Life Network, and former Sierra Club President
“Waskow gathers thinkers, ideas and inspiration from Jewish tradition that provide us with wisdom and critical thinking…. A needed and timely and prophetic work!”
—Matthew Fox, president, University of Creation Spirituality, and author of The Reinvention of Work and Original Blessing
“Finally, a comprehensive anthology of Judaism and the Earth that explores these concerns and challenges us to action! [An] invaluable resource.”
—Rabbi Warren G. Stone, chair, Environmental Committee, Central Conference of American Rabbis
“Compelling reading both for those new to thinking about the Jewish response to environmental questions and for those already acquainted with this rapidly growing field.”
—Mark X. Jacobs, director, Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life
“Let all who are hungry for spiritual enlightenment on the environment come and feast on this rich, warm distillation of hope and renewal from one of our great teachers.”
—Devra Lee Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H., senior scientist, World Resources Institute
“Offers a blessed future for Judaism—where the reaffirmation of ancient covenant with the land will not only replenish Jewish life but inspire and instruct all humankind as it seeks to cherish and heal Creation.”
—Paul Gorman, executive director, National Religious Partnership for the Environment
“Thought-provoking and enriching … finds in the teachings of the Torah the seeds of environmental values and a possible path toward integrating environment consciousness back into our society and our spirits.”
—Deb Callahan, president, League of Conservation Votes