Judaism & the Natural World

The realities of both climate disaster and the current pandemic have increased the urgency of considering our relationship and responsibility to the natural world. This includes understanding the ways in which we are influenced by the non-human elements of our surroundings and how we influence those surroundings in return. Moreover, our relationship to nature can never be completely separated from our relationship to other human beings.

How should Judaism should respond to a world that is becoming increasingly inhospitable to human and animal life? What resources does Jewish tradition have for responding to twenty-first century climate disaster?

Seminar coordinated by David Zvi Kalman and Mara Benjamin.