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A Healthy, Sustainable Purim

Food is never something lacking at Jewish celebrations, but, like most things in life, their environmental footprint keeps expanding, whether the factory-farmed chicken that ends up in the soup pan, or the throwaway plastic cutlery destined to spend the next few centuries in a landfill site. Our friends at Jewish eco-NGO, Hazon, have devised a […]

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Into The Wild, and story of Christopher McCandless

Next time you find yourself wandering through the Wilderness of Zin, Trekking in Timna or lost in Lahav Forest, spare a thought for young Christopher Johnson McCandless, whose dreams of tramping to Alaska foundered in 2003 when he died trapped in an abandoned bus on his way there. He was trapped in the sense that […]

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Fresh Paint With EcoOcean: A Splash of Green

This weekend the Young Israeli Art Fair, aka Fresh Paint, comes to Tel Aviv with an extra splash of green. The showcase for up-coming, independent artists has a special installation curated by environmental NGO, EcoOcean. The Green Project will showcase environmental art that, the organisers say, “identifies art as an integral part of our environment, […]

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Take a Ride with Cinderella on Project 'Pumpkin'

  “I can’t wear that! It’s SOO last season.” Instead of trying to eternally keeping up with the Hiltons why not create you own fashion? Well, now you can! Project Dlaat  (Project Pumpkin) is an environmental-social project. Its purpose is to promote recycling by providing second-hand clothing and channels the proceeds to different social purposes.

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Eco-Writing Residency

We here at Green Prophet are all about writing about the environment, and so we were very excited when an ‘environmental writing residency’ opportunity cropped up and landed on the desk today, and eager to share this with our readers. An organisation based in Minnesota, USA is giving writers and artists the chance to stay […]

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Billboard waste to hand bags

They’re up, then they’re down. Up, then down. The story with the billboards along the Tel Aviv Ayalon Highway is a bit of a yo yo. Activists fight to have them taken down for polluting our collective consciousness and then advertisers win the battle and the billboards are up again. That’s why we excited to […]

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The City Garden

Every morning I feel oneness with nature and my creator when I go to my green city garden just outside my front door in Tel Aviv. There I watch my passion fruit vine grow with tenacity; every morning I check its small tendrils racing to catch the sun while it reaches out to clasp any […]

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Eco Rabbi: Stones and Health

It once happened that a farmer was removing stones from his field and putting them onto a public thoroughfare. There was a certain pious person who challenged the farmer: “Why are you taking stones from what is not yours and putting them onto what belongs to you?” The farmer just laughed.

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Footprints in the Snow

  One of my fondest memories of my childhood is going out to explore the new world the day after a big snow. I can still remember vividly how the snow would hang off the trees, the pristine white fields so bright that they blind you if you look at them directly. I always felt […]

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Jerusalemites say ‘no’ to nylon

Jerusalem art students tried their luck recently at weaning Israelis off their addiction to plastic bags at the city’s Machane Yehuda market.Green Prophet recently reported on ‘Plastic for Free’ phenomenon of nylon-binging in Israeli shops, so it’s welcome news that their new shopping bags are not only eco-friendly (made from cloth instead of plastic), they’re […]

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Shmita year, an introduction from Israel

Our readers have also been asking about organic gardening during the shmita (or Sabbatical) year in the land of Israel. Are there any loopholes around the halacha? What does shmitta mean? We love the idea of shmitta. The biblically ordained one year out of seven when the land is left to lie fallow (this applies […]

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“Survivor”: An Ecological Hazard?

It’s hardly surprising that “Survivor” is a hit: who doesn’t come home from work and immediately hunger to watch white trash in bikini tops hurling bleeped insults at each other over a picturesque campfire? Is it just us? Anyway, it turns out that “Survivor” is not just the last refuge of the dregs of every […]

DYI Home for About a Thousand Bucks

We’ve been to visit the straw bale legends Bill and Athena Stein in Arizona. Israelis are getting into their own groove building with strawbale. Watch the time-lapsed video and the creation of a straw bale geodesic dome, at Kibbutz Lotan in the Arava Valley. Lately, we are of the notion that it’s more green to […]

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Can Eco-Playful Sabras Do Bamboo?

Israelis, as the saying goes, are like a cactus fruit, because they are prickly on the outside but sweet in the middle. We kind of think Israelis are like bamboo too: strong as steel but soft and smooth. (If you are into eco-chic, you’ll know why we are talking about bamboo.) Thanks to Designist Dream, […]

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Robbie Burns: Scotland’s Green Prophet Poet

“Gie me a spark o’ natures fire, thats a’ the learning I desire: Then, tho’ I drudge thro’ dub an’ mire at pleugh or cart, my muse, tho’ hamely in attire, may touch my heart.” Israel’s small but distinguished Scottish community may well be nursing hangovers and sore throats this week, after celebrating the anniversary […]

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Natalie Portman’s Vegan Feet

Natalie Portman has taken up design… big deal! Another hot actress designing clothes… This actually is a big deal. Sizzling its way through all the hottest fashion blogs is the actress’s Vegan footwear! In previous posts we talked about a skirt that can save your life (Yael Mer’s evacuation skirt), a patch that can save your […]