Formulating Jewish Responses to Environmental Crisis
Publication Date: April 2009
Author(s): Robert Rabinowitz
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Environment; Community Relations; Global Responsibility; Jewish Ethics
Coverage: United States
The author recommends placing Jewish teachings related to environmentalism within a broader framework adapted to a world of global markets. He suggests using the framework of "covenant," or partnership between God and humanity. He presents five key aspects of the covenantal principle: (1) Global Responsibility; (2) Pragmatic Idealism; (3) Open conversations across boundaries; (4) Personal growth and social improvement; and, (5) Cautious optimism.