Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed Word

Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed Word

by Hava Tirosh-Samuelson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 094545435X

ISBN-13: 9780945454359

Pub. Date: 02/28/2003

Publisher: Harvard University Press


Jewish ecological discourse has shown that Judaism harbors deep concern for the well-being of the natural world. However, the movement has not articulated a Jewish theology of nature, nor has it submitted the sources of Judaism to a systematic, philosophical examination. This volume intends to contribute to the nascent discourse on Judaism and ecology by

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Jewish ecological discourse has shown that Judaism harbors deep concern for the well-being of the natural world. However, the movement has not articulated a Jewish theology of nature, nor has it submitted the sources of Judaism to a systematic, philosophical examination. This volume intends to contribute to the nascent discourse on Judaism and ecology by clarifying diverse conceptions of nature in Jewish thought and by using the insights of Judaism to formulate a constructive Jewish theology of nature. The twenty-one contributors consider the Bible and rabbinic literature, examine the relationship between the doctrine of creation and the doctrine of revelation in the context of natural law, and wrestle with questions of nature and morality. They look at nature in the Jewish mystical tradition, and they face the challenges to Jewish environmental activism caused by the tension between the secular nature of the environmental discourse and Jewish religious commitments.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780945454359
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Series:
Religions of the World and Ecology Series, #8
Pages:
584
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Series Forewordxv
Introduction. Judaism and the Natural Worldxxxiii
I.Constructive Jewish Theology of Nature
A Kabbalah for the Environmental Age3
Toward a Jewish Theology of Nature17
II.The Human Condition: Origins, Pollution, and Death
The Ecology of Eden27
How Much Is Too Much? Conventional versus Personal Definitions of Pollutions in Rabbinic Sources61
Jewish Death Practices: A Commentary on the Relationship of Humans to the Natural World81
Response. Mastery and Stewardship, Wonder and Connectedness: A Typology of Relations to Nature in Jewish Text and Tradition93
III.The Doctrine of Creation
Nature's Answer: The Meaning of the Book of Job in Its Intellectual Context109
Creation in the Bible and in the Liturgy133
The Doctrine of Creation and the Idea of Nature155
Response. Natural and Supernatural Justice177
IV.Nature and Revealed Morality
Concepts of Torah and Nature in Jewish Thought189
Respect for Nature in the Jewish Tradition227
What Are the Ethical Implications of Jewish Theological Conceptions of the Natural World?261
Response. Construction, Discovery, and Critique in Jewish Ecological Ethics283
V.Nature in Jewish Mysticism
Mirror of Nature Reflected in the Symbolism of Medieval Kabbalah305
Nature, Exile, and Disability in R. Nahman of Bratslav's "The Seven Beggars"333
Early Hasidism and the Natural World369
Response. The Textualization of Nature in Jewish Mysticism389
VI.From Speculation to Action
Reverence and Responsibility: Abraham Joshua Heschel on Nature and the Self407
Can Judaism Make Environmental Policy? Sacred and Secular Language in Jewish Ecological Discourse423
Jewish Environmentalism: Past Accomplishments and Future Challenges449
Select Bibliography481
Notes on Contributors487
Index493

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