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Martin Westerman

    After 300 repetitive years, things can get boring

    SABERS have been rattling in Persia for nearly 3000 years, so this latest Iran flare-up looks boringly repetitive. Jews have spent most of their existence around warring...

    Is the Earth approaching its doomsday?

    If the world as we knew it was going to end, what would you tell your loved ones? Religious fundamentalists might find the End of Days prospect comforting: foretold in...

    Purim: The Book on Renewable Energy

    WHAT if everything you “knew” about something was wrong?  Would you cling to what you “knew” anyway, even in the face of new information? Here’s the news:  fossil...

    Tu b’Shevat and the environment

    It’s cheaper to buy local, organic foods than industrially produced ones — except the savings are invisible.  Invisible, that is, to anyone who doesn’t buy, handle...

    Hey Buddy: Can you spare a zuz?

    Next holiday season, you might consider buying your presents without US dollars. When you decide to buy something, you can also choose what you buy it with. It’s legal...

    The promise we billions don’t have to keep

    Is it ethical to burden future generations with the environmental mess this generation created? From a Jewish perspective, the answer is “No.” We’re constantly...

    Food-rich blessings, over-eating curse

    The harvest festival of Sukkot has passed and the feasting holidays of Thanksgiving and Chanukah approach. Let’s thank our farming and herding ancestors for helping...

    High Holidays in Eden

    Jews have been stressing about “G-d’s will” vs. free will, and the ideal vs. the pragmatic ever since G-d expelled humans from Eden for eating a Tree of Knowledge...

    The new earth

    IN summer of 2006, I asked a “highly placed Israeli source” this question: “What’s with Olmert?!”  New Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was botching the Lebanon war,...

    The people of sustainable impact

    ON July 4 last year, we were huddling around fires to keep warm in Seattle. This year, we’ve had 78 minutes of summer so far (i.e., temperatures over 80 degrees)....

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