Respecting the Environment (Private-Religious)
What is my role in responding to environmental concerns and by what authority am I to act in stewardship of the earth?
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The issues facing the world today are not new and have been addressed as early as creation. Through G-d’s laws, Biblical narratives and rabbinic liturgy, one can understand G-d’s interest in the protection of the environment, animals, land and trees alike, is prominently shown throughout Judaism.
This lesson will teach the basic Biblical laws of Tza’ar Ba’alei Chaim (the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) the rationale that supports these laws, and practical applications of these laws in today’s world. The learner will participate in a class project aimed to assist community programs that aid abandoned and stray animals.
This lesson will teach the basic ideas of Shemittah and the practical reasons behind the commandment and the learners will understand the connection between respecting the Earth and respecting themselves.
This lesson will teach learners G-d’s appreciation for trees and the importance of planting and preserving trees for our future. The learners will identify these concepts in Biblical verses, Talmudic passages and modern Jewish associations. They will also develop an understand of and an appreciation for the importance of tree planting for the State of Israel today.