October 5, 2006
Water and pumpkins mark eco-friendly Sukkot
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Kane Street Synagogue's Rabbi Sam Weintraub is hoping the talk will further demonstrate how the Jewish holiday cycle is intimately tied to the natural world.
"I want congregants to understand that the Jewish and humanitarian and the Jewish and the Jewish and environmental commitments are the same," he said.
Richard Schwartz, president of the nonprofit Jewish Vegetarians of North America, views Sukkot as a time, as Jews decorate their sukkahs with pictures and replicas of fruits and vegetables, to reflect on how future harvests are endangered by global warming, water shortages and soil erosion and depletion. "As our Israelite ancestors were sustained with manna, a vegetarian food 'like coriander seed,' while they dwelt in sukkahs for 40 years in the wilderness, we should sustain ourselves with tofu, the modern-day manna, and other plant foods, for the sake of our health and that of our precious, but imperiled, planet," he said.
Canfei Nesharim - www.canfeinesharim.org
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life - www.coejl.org
Jewish Vegetarians of North America - www.jewishveg.com
Shalom Institute - www.shalominstitute.com
The Shalom Center - www.shalomctr.org
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