Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Rabbi Arthur Waskow founded and directs [The Shalom Center]http://bit.ly/1pkXmOG. Of his 22 books, the newest are a revised edition of Seasons of Our Joy (Jewish Publication Society, 2012) and Freedom Journeys: The Tale of Exodus & Wilderness Across Millennia, co-authored with Rabbi Phyllis Berman (Jewish Lights, 2011). Of his arrests -- of about 22 -- the newest was in 2013 at an interfaith climate action at the White House before Passover & Palm Sunday. See also Waskow, “Jewish Environmental Ethics: Adam and Adamah,” in the Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality (Elliot N. Dorff and Jonathan K. Crane, eds.; Oxford University Press, 2013).

Faith and Practice

How Is This Rosh Hashanah Different from All Other Rosh Hashanahs?

At the religious and spiritual level, 5775 will be a seventh year according to the ancient counting, a Sabbatical Year of Shmita (“release” or “non-attachment”). In such a year, Torah (Leviticus 25) commands that the earth be allowed to rest. This will be the first Sabbatical/Shmita Year since the dispersion and exile of Jews from the land of Israel about 2,000 years ago.

At the political and activist level, we are entering Rosh Hashanah with a major leap in involvement of the American Jewish community in addressing the climate crisis that is bringing global scorching upon the world — unprecedented droughts, floods, famines, with worse to come.

Editor’s Note: This article is part of ZEEK’s series on Jews and climate justice.

Faith and Practice

Eicha for the Oil Spill: A Tisha B'Av for the Earth

Hearing about and seeing footage of the Gulf Oil spill day after day, my heart is drawn to Tisha B’Av, when we mourn the destruction of the ancient Temples in Jerusalem and chant Lamentations, Eicha.

Faith and Practice

We Need a Renewed Judaism Now

Can the Jewish people reshape itself into a movement for world transformation? Read Rabbi Arthur Waskow’s vision of a renewed Judaism.

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