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Answer the following questions:
What view(s) of nature does Judaism have?
Is nature sacred or are Judaism and nature at odds?
What specific Jewish laws or practices lend themselves to a positive ecological implication?
Are there ways in which the Jewish worldview moves away from concern for the environment?
Support your answers with specific examples from the assignments

Watch and Read the following sources:
Watch “Judaism and the Environment”
Watch Rabbi Neril’s “Our Responsibility for Creation”
Read Ismar Schorsch’s “Learning to Live With Less: A Jewish Perspective” , pp 27-38 of Spirit and Nature.
Read Daniel Swartz’ “Jews, Jewish Texts, and Nature: A Brief History”.
Read Arthur Waskow’s “What is Eco-Kosher?”.

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Judaism on Taking Care of the Environment: A Discussion from the Readings
What views of nature do we find in Judaism? Is nature sacred or are Judaism and nature at odds? What specific Jewish laws or practices lend themselves to a positive ecological implication? Are there ways in which the Jewish worldview moves away from concern for the environment? The following questions will be addressed in the following short response.
The readings and videos from prominent Jewish scholars and rabbis all deal with a conflict in Judaism revolving around the rapid rise of modern technology that has put humankind into the precarious position of overextending our reach. Humans consume more than they ever did. Modern Judaism is based on the Mosaic law that dates back to mankind’s move from a nomadic culture to an agrarian one....

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