Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

Why we do it

“Three things are of equal importance—earth, humans and rain…Without earth, there is no rain, and without rain, the earth cannot endure, and without either, humans cannot exist.”

Genesis Rabbah 13:3

Reason 2. Judaism holds that nature is a gift presented to humanity whose task it is to secure it and protect it:

  1. What’s Jewish about protecting the environment? 
  2. The dynamic tension between nature and human needs
  3. An interfaith dialogue between a Rabbi and the editor of a Christian environmental quarterly discusses the biblical importance of environmental care.
  4. Ten Jewish teachings on Judaism and Environmentalism
  5. The Tragedy of the Commons: does the pursuit of one's own interests leave the rest of society with fewer prospects for prosperity?