Formulating Jewish Responses to Environmental Crisis

Publication Date: April 2009

Publisher: National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): Robert Rabinowitz

Research Area: Culture and religion; Environment

Keywords: Environment; Community Relations; Global Responsibility; Jewish Ethics

Type: Brief

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.