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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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WATCH: What happens when a bunch of Israeli engineering students mark Passover

Julie Wiener Students at Israel’s Technion developed a Rube Goldberg machine that symbolically depicts the highlights of the Exodus. ... [Link]

‘The Daily Show’ chooses Jon Stewart’s successor

Uriel Heilman A biracial comedian from South Africa, Trevor Noah, will succeed Jon Stewart as host of the show, which Stewart turned into a cultural touchstone. ... [Link]

Palestinian from eastern Jerusalem indicted for fighting with ISIS

Marcy Oster Khalil Khalil, 25, told his family he was going on the Hajj, a religious pilgrimage to Mecca, but instead flew with a friend to Turkey and then crossed the border into Syria. ... [Link]

Protesting Hillel’s restrictions, Muhlenberg’s Hillel president resigns

Uriel Heilman Caroline Dorn said she resigned because Muhlenberg’s Hillel was barred by Hillel International rules from hosting Jewish civil rights veterans who talked about how their experiences in the 1960s rel... [Link]

Clinton: U.S.-Israel relationship should return to ‘constructive footing’

Marcy Oster The former secretary of state and likely 2016 presidential contender, speaking to Presidents Conference leader Malcolm Hoenlein, also called for “a two-state solution pursued through direct nego... [Link]

ADL: Anti-Semitic incidents in U.S. up by 21 percent

Uriel Heilman The organization in its annual audit of anti-Semitism counted 912 incidents last year, up from 751 in 2013, with the period surrounding last summer’s Gaza war seeing a surge of incidents. ... [Link]

Changed date of death shows Janusz Korczak was killed in Treblinka

Marcy Oster The Polish-Jewish humanitarian turned down sanctuary and perished in the Nazi camp with the more than 190 children from his Warsaw Ghetto orphanage. ... [Link]

Olmert found guilty of taking cash for personal gain

Marcy Oster The Jerusalem District Court found the former prime minister guilty in a retrial after the introduction of new testimony from Olmert’s former assistant Shula Zaken. ... [Link]

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