Branching Out: The Growth of Jewish Environmental Literature

By Fred Dobb

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 2000

The author reviews Trees, Earth, and Torah: A Tu B'Shvat Anthology (Ari Elon, Naomi Mara Hyman, Arthur Waskow, editors) and Ecology and the Jewish Spirit: Where Nature and the Sacred Meet (Ellen Bernstein, editor).  The author points to flaws in Ecology and the Jewish Spirit but maintains that there is no better or broader introduction to the emerging field of eco-Judaism. The author explains that Trees, Earth and Torah covers similar concepts but in much greater depth.  The author argues that the Reconstructionist Movement played a crucial role in early Jewish environmentalism. He concludes that both works deserve to be read by all who are interested in the Earth and/or Judaism.


Topic: Morality, Environment, Ethics, Spirituality, Reconstructionist Judaism

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.64/no.2

Page Number(s): 79-85

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Genre: Book Review

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Dobb, Fred. Branching Out: The Growth of Jewish Environmental Literature. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 2000: 79-85.


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