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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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JTA News

Hezbollah operative planning attacks on Jewish targets sentenced in Cyprus

Ron Kampeas The dual Lebanese-Canadian citizen was given a six-year prison term after material used for explosives was found in his home. ... [Link]

Hamas terror cell planning attack arrested in West Bank

Marcy Oster Among the 40 operatives arrested were Hamas officials who have been jailed in the past for their involvement in terror activities. ... [Link]

S. African Jewish board files racism complaint against ex-student leader

Marcy Oster The ex-Witwatersrand University leader made “racist and defamatory comments” on the radio against the South African Jewish community, according to the board’s criminal complaint. ... [Link]

Jerusalem family renovating home uncovers 2,000-year-old mikvah

Ron Kampeas The ritual bath was excavated in a neighborhood long believed to be the home of John the Baptist, the ascetic Jewish preacher who inspired Jesus. ... [Link]

Amsterdam chief rabbi to resign 

Cnaan Liphshiz Aryeh Ralbag, whose contract expires in 2017, has had a tense relationship with the board of the Jewish Community of the Netherlands. ... [Link]

Nicholas Winton, Kindertransport organizer known as ‘British Schindler,’ dies at 106

Ron Kampeas Sir Nicholas Winton was known as the “British Schindler” for arranging the rescue of 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to England. ... [Link]

WATCH: Ad tells Chuck Schumer to tip balance in Iran talks

Andrew Tobin The Emergency Committee for Israel released a video ad calling on New Yorkers to demand Schumer “stand firm” in the talks — especially on inspections. ... [Link]

Prague’s Jewish museum launches new permanent exhibit

Marcy Oster The historic Maisel Synagogue, located in the heart of the former Jewish district, also has undergone a major renovation. ... [Link]

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