Responsible Judaism and Sustainability

By Lisa Kempler

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, February 2012

The author responds to her husband's piece in the December 2011 issue of Sh'ma ("Sharing a Divergent Path," by Bruce Weinstock). She states that over the years, she has come to appreciate the beauty of creating the self-sufficient Shabbat bubble, which, once initiated, like camping in the woods, doesn't require support or allow interference from the external world. However, that idyllic construction comes at a cost. The actual consumption is easily measured by the variance in our monthly electric bills; now multiply that by the number of observant households. This practice of consuming unnecessary energy burns fossil fuels and emits carbon into our already warming atmosphere.

Topic: Religious Observance, Environment

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/no.687

Page Number(s): 20

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Kempler, Lisa. Responsible Judaism and Sustainability. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. February 2012: 20.


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