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Each year, Earth Day is a time to celebrate the world around us, to appreciate our natural resources, and to connect with nature. This year, Earth Day (April 22) falls on Shabbat, our day of rest, our deep breath between the week that has passed and the week to come. Earth Day Shabbat is the perfect opportunity to host a sustainable Shabbat, to engage in Jewish study with an environmental lens and to celebrate the earth.

Host A Sustainable Shabbat

One powerful way to celebrate Earth Day is to incorporate environmentalism into your daily life, to make an effort to see your...

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Hands breaking matzoh

“We don’t have time. The longer we wait, the more hurricane season we have to go through. We hate to let the island go, but we have to. It is like losing a family member. We know we are going to lose it. We just don’t know when.” These are the words of Albert Naquin, chief of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe. The tribe’s home, the Isle de Jean Charles, located off the coast of Louisiana, has almost entirely eroded away. The tribe was forced to relocate in 2016, making them the first American climate refugees. According to tribal members, the hardest part of their forced migration was...

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No Hate

Last month, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) published its annual “Year in Hate and Extremism.” While the contents of this report are never pleasant and are often very challenging, this year’s report struck a particularly frightening chord. In the report, Mark Potok, Senior Fellow at SPLC and the author of the report called 2016 “a banner year for hate.”

According to the report, 1,094 bias incidences occurred in the 34 days after the election. To put this into perspective, there was a similar increase in bias-motivated incidences after President Obama won the presidency in...

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Students supporting climate justice

Scientists and climate experts recently announced that 2016 is the hottest year on record,  part of a continuing trend where we are seeing with rising global average temperatures. In fact, 2016 is the third consecutive record-breaking year in a row. Similarly, 16 of the 17 hottest years in modern history (since 1880) have occurred since 2000.

According to Dr. Michael E. Mann, a climate scientist at the Pennsylvania State University, as well as NASA’s findings, this trend can be attributed – in large part – to human activity. As humans continue to burn fossil fuels and release...

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Polar bears in the arctic

Rules and regulations often get a bad reputation. They are seen as no fun, restrictive and sometimes even arbitrary. But, as any kindergarten teacher, Rabbi or environmental activist will tell you, a good rule can be a very positive thing.

In the text of the Torah, we can distill 613 mitzvot, or commandments. These 613 mitzvot offer guidance for how we should live our lives. They cover nearly every aspect of life, from social interactions to religious practices, to wartime conduct and agricultural guidance. Commandments in the Torah range from the fairly obvious – “Not to stand by...

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