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About the Author
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson is Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Arizona State University.
Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard is Director of Organizational Development and Member of the Faculty at the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.
Eliezer Diamond is Rabbi Judah A. Nadich Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Michael Fishbane is Nathan Cummings Professor of Jewish Studies, and Chair of the Committee on Jewish Studies, at the University of Chicago. Among his many books are Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel and Judaism: Revelation and Traditions.
Stephen A. Geller is Professor of Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Jerome Gellman is Professor of Philosophy at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Be'er Sheba, Israel.
Neil Gillman is Aaron Rabinowitz and Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Jewish Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Lenn E. Goodman is Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University.
Arthur Green is Philip W. Lown Professor of Jewish Thought at Brandeis University.
Mark X. Jacobs is Executive Director of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life.
Edward K. Kaplan is Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Research Associate of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry, and Chair of the Program on Religious Studies at Brandeis University.
Barry S. Kogan is Clarence and Robert Efroymson Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Religious Thought and Philosophy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Jon D. Levenson is Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard Divinity School.
Shaul Magid is Associate Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Jewish Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
David Novak is J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto.
Shalom Rosenberg is Professor of Jewish Thought at Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Elion Schwartz is Director of the Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership.
Moshe Sokol is Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies at Touro College.
Elliot R. Wolfson is Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University.
Table of Contents
|Introduction. Judaism and the Natural World||xxxiii|
|I.||Constructive Jewish Theology of Nature|
|A Kabbalah for the Environmental Age||3|
|Toward a Jewish Theology of Nature||17|
|II.||The Human Condition: Origins, Pollution, and Death|
|The Ecology of Eden||27|
|How Much Is Too Much? Conventional versus Personal Definitions of Pollutions in Rabbinic Sources||61|
|Jewish Death Practices: A Commentary on the Relationship of Humans to the Natural World||81|
|Response. Mastery and Stewardship, Wonder and Connectedness: A Typology of Relations to Nature in Jewish Text and Tradition||93|
|III.||The Doctrine of Creation|
|Nature's Answer: The Meaning of the Book of Job in Its Intellectual Context||109|
|Creation in the Bible and in the Liturgy||133|
|The Doctrine of Creation and the Idea of Nature||155|
|Response. Natural and Supernatural Justice||177|
|IV.||Nature and Revealed Morality|
|Concepts of Torah and Nature in Jewish Thought||189|
|Respect for Nature in the Jewish Tradition||227|
|What Are the Ethical Implications of Jewish Theological Conceptions of the Natural World?||261|
|Response. Construction, Discovery, and Critique in Jewish Ecological Ethics||283|
|V.||Nature in Jewish Mysticism|
|Mirror of Nature Reflected in the Symbolism of Medieval Kabbalah||305|
|Nature, Exile, and Disability in R. Nahman of Bratslav's "The Seven Beggars"||333|
|Early Hasidism and the Natural World||369|
|Response. The Textualization of Nature in Jewish Mysticism||389|
|VI.||From Speculation to Action|
|Reverence and Responsibility: Abraham Joshua Heschel on Nature and the Self||407|
|Can Judaism Make Environmental Policy? Sacred and Secular Language in Jewish Ecological Discourse||423|
|Jewish Environmentalism: Past Accomplishments and Future Challenges||449|
|Notes on Contributors||487|