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Why there are more e coli outbreaks

“MY kid thinks milk comes from the dairy case.”

It’s parents’ perennial lament. But truth is, most Americans think their survival depends on grocery stores.

Tu b’Shevat and Passover are good times to look past the stores, to where our food and drink really come from, so we can appreciate:

• how far we’ve advanced in the past century,

• how much we’ve separated ourselves from nature, and

• how much we need to re-connect with it.

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The Green business of Chanukah

YOU’VE torn open eight days’ worth of presents and you’re still disposing of holiday wrappings and packaging. Before Chanukah, you’d have expected me to remind you of the Torah admonition to make no waste (ba’al tashchit) and the admonition heal the Earth (tikkun olam). So, you’ll have given and received long-lasting or bio-degradable gifts, recycled or composted the wraps and packages, and left nada for the garbage, right? Who am I kidding?...
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Sukkot harvest: organic or petrochemical?

SUKKOT, the harvest holiday, provided a good time to remind ourselves about how much we depend on petroleum products for our industrially-produced food — for the fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides, and for the fuel to power irrigation, farm machinery, processing plants, shipping and distribution systems, and the car you drive to the store to buy it.Sukkot was also a good time to look at the s’chach draped over our sukkah roofs, and remind ourselves of our available local reso...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 October 2009 10:22 )

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Teshuvah, tefillah and tzedakah for the earth

HUMANS are miracles of creative energy. Since the Industrial Revolution dawned 150 years ago, we have devised wonderful inventions to improve and lengthen our lives, marveled at our newfound abundance and thrilled to new possibilities.So during the High Holidays, writes Rabbi Paul Cohen of Temple Jeremiah in Northfield, Ill., “we must look around at the miracle of creation, and rejoice that we are a part of it.”Then we must use that joyous energy “to repair the damage we have caused throug...
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Abraham and Sarah’s tent: Jewish green

ABRAHAM and Sarah’s tent by the oaks of Mamre (near Hebron) was open — on four sides, to guests and the elements alike. While Abraham is famous for welcoming three divine visitors in Genesis 18, a fourth — Mother Nature — is never mentioned, because she is assumed to be the couple’s continuous guest. From a “green building” standpoint, their tent was a sophisticated piece of work, made of local, organic materials, fashioned into a sturdy, portable shelter and ideally suited to its ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 August 2009 13:49 )

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From the Archive: Cuban Jews under the embargo

Gabe Friedman While Fidel Castro’s 1959 ascent to power had a catastrophic effect on Cuba’s once friendly relationship with the U.S., the revolution’s impact on the island’s Jewish population — an... [Link]

‘Ida’ makes Oscars shortlist

Gabrielle Birkner The Israeli entry, ‘Gett,’ is out of the running, but a Polish film about a would-be nun who discovers her parents were killed in the Holocaust was among the nine foreign films that advanc... [Link]

Tampa-area agency head dead in murder-suicide

Anthony Weiss A Florida Jewish agency head who had been deeply involved with caring for migrant children was found dead with her longtime partner in what police are calling an apparent murder-suicide. ... [Link]

A military miracle: Hanukkah care for U.S. armed forces personnel

Raffi Wineburg For the last seven years, Kosher Troops has been sending care packages to American-Jewish servicemen and women across the globe. ... [Link]

Behind every great ‘Serial’ podcast host, a Jewish studies professor

Gabrielle Birkner In the series finale of the podcast sensation “Serial,” a certain Jewish studies professor got a shout out. It was Sarah Koenig’s husband, who directs the Jewish Studies program at P... [Link]

French far-right mayor’s city hall menorah sparks controversy

Cnaan Liphshiz National Front candiate also placed a nativity scene in public space despite concerns this violate church-state separation. ... [Link]

Jesus comes to the Hanukkah party

Ron Kampeas The Christian savior keeps insinuating himself into Hanukkah festivities. ... [Link]

For Cuban Jews in U.S., rapprochement with Castro regime cause for concern

Uriel Heilman For those old enough to remember the most brutal years of the Castro regime, there is deep concern that rapprochement with Washington will extend the life of a dictatorship whose crimes can be neither... [Link]

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