Teaching #8: Spiritual Roots of the Environmental Crisis
Core Teaching #8: Spiritual Roots of the Environmental Crisis
These materials are posted as part of Jewcology’s Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment, in partnership with Canfei Nesharim. Jewcology thanks the Shedlin Outreach Foundation and the ROI community for their generous support, which made the Jewcology project possible.
Hi, This is w wonderful article that contains many excellent teachers. The rabbi mentions that one of the spiritual causes is our disconnection from nature but did not elaborate on that. I think that this is essential. An indication of the depth of the problem is that even this author with great sensitivity to the spiritual root of the crisis refers to the the earth's riches as resources. Calling our forests, rivers and land resources already objectifies them, separates them from us and implies that they only exist for our benefit. See them as resources allows us to exploit them and not see them as part of an ecological system. It is the whole system that is holy and sacred. A spiritual understanding of our ecological system needs to be wholistic. So many places in Psalms, especially 104, talk about the whole earth praising G-d. Rabbi Mordechai Liebling