Farmers’ markets can allow you to support local farmers while getting fresh produce. The produce that you’re buying has been picked much closer to the optimal time because it doesn’t need to travel for a long time or for long distances. The markets also help the environment because travel time and, therefore, the use of fossil fuels, is reduced for locally grown items. In a... read more.
Netzach b’Malchut by Maggid David Arfa How do we endure? How do we persevere for the lang haul, over decades? I remember how giddy I was during Earth Day 1990. I graduated from Michigan State with my brand new Bachelor degrees in Environmental Policy and Wildlife Ecology while at the same time, I saw Earth Day go mainstream! Newsw... read more.
Day 45: Tiferet b’Malchut by Maggid David Arfa I witnessed the Holy Shabbat marriage of Tiferet and Malchut while in Jerusalem. Though, the funny thing is, it took me several months to realize it. You see, I prayed with the Judean Hills, during my year of Yeshiva study in Jerusalem. Our wonderful balconies were a great addition to our hous... read more.
Day 44: Gevurah b’Malchut by Maggid David Arfa Why did King David do it? Was it pride or piety? Arrogance or ignorance? What possessed him to think he could dig a deep well under the temple, to the very center of the earth? Did he actually imagine THIS was the way to allow the ritual waters of Sukkot to flow and in turn bring fresh healing rains to ... read more.
Shalom! We enter this evening the last week of the Omer counting, week seven, Malchut - Sovereignty, Leadership, Kingship, Queenship. We welcome Maggid David Arfa, storyteller and teacher of storytelling, environmental educator, and teacher of Jewish experience with the Earth. Reclaiming the role of maggid has led David to leading outdoor services at the High Ledges, as well as... read more.
Jewcology is proud to announce the release of “Gleanings from Our Field: Green Hevra Report 2014”! Over the last year, we have been a leading partner in the development of this exciting new resource for the Jewish community. In the last ten years, the Jewish environmental field has seen exponential growth. Across North America, a vibrant Jewish en... read more.
In March 2014, Canfei Nesharim announced that I would conclude my current relationship with the organization. This posting attempts to explain how I came to this momentous decision, and what I’m hoping for in the future. It began in trickles, in private thoughts that I thought I could never share. It began with wondering: where do I want to be in ten ye... read more.
More than 100 Rabbis, Cantors, and other Jewish spiritual leaders have signed the Rabbinic Call to Move Our Money/Protect Our Planet. (Providentially, not planned by us, the initials spell “MOM/POP.”).! There are now four initiatives we want to take toward giving additional reality to this Call: 1) Sabbatical/ Shmita Year In Leviticus 25, the Tora... read more.
Malchut b’Yesod by Rabbi Howard Cohen The Sabbath peace is also the beginning of that peace with nature, which many people are seeking today, in the face of the growing destruction of the environment. But there will never be peace with nature without the experience and celebration of God’s Sabbath. Jürgen Moltmann, God in Creation: A New Theology of C... read more.
Yesod b’Yesod by Rabbi Howard Cohen [T]he human need of the Sabbath comes to parallel the need of wilderness: both are a gift, providing the possibility for humankind to share in the Creator’s enjoyment of the natural world. The environmental consequences of this vision are enormous, since enjoyment presupposes respect and care. Robert B... read more.