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Jewish on Earth

What adults should learn from summer camp

“HELLO muddah, hello faddah.  Here I am at — Camp Grenada . . . ” Even when everything goes wrong, there’s nothing Allan Sherman’s singing camper wants more than...

It’s the economy, smarty

MAYBE it’s time to invoke a modern Jubilee on the global economy. Jubilee is the Leviticus concept that every 50 years, with a sounding of the shofar on Yom Kippur,...

The extraordinary vision of our sages

SOMETIMES our environmental situation reminds me of an old joke: The doctor asks his wary patient, “Do you want the good news or bad news?” Patient: “Gimme the good...

Advantages from now and antiquity

WHEN the Israelites moved out of Egypt, they left the world’s dominant empire by simply crossing a “sea of reeds.”  Which route they took over which reed sea is...

Bal Tashchit and the great food circle of life

WHAT if you knew you could heal the world by throwing your food away — in the right place? It’s now possible for faith-based communities in about 30 of America’s...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...