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5 Environment Stories To Weep Over (For Tisha B'Av)

The Jewish holiday Tisha B’Av starts tonight. It gives one license to be sad over the state of the environment. We know that it’s not productive to dwell on environmental doom and gloom. Green Prophet readers are modern and hip people; we are environmentally responsible, but hey, not totally perfect. Every so often, we just […]

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Going Against the Grain of Synthetic Fabrics

In a world of synthetics and polyesters, fabric merchant Bilal Abu-Khalaf sells hand-woven silks, cotton and gold-threaded cloths from his Jerusalem shop. Some cloths can wait 45 years before being sold. In the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem’s famous Old City bazaar, shopkeepers are busy selling trinkets to tourists, synthetic t-shirts and plastic souvenirs made […]

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Mikveh: Sacred, Sensual Gray Waters Far From Green

The first time I entered into the mikveh, it felt as if my body was suspended in something extraordinary, primordial fluid, if you will. Every sense awoke. The water felt warm against my skin, like a comforting caress, and the gentle lapping sounds echoed against the walls and whooshed in my ears. Time became irrelevant […]

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SHAVUOT RECIPE: New York Cheesecake

This light, creamy cheesecake fits into your green Shavuot, especially if you make it with organic cheese and eggs. It’s also light on sugar. The ancient Romans left a simple cheesecake recipe: ricotta cheese, honey, and eggs.  Pour into a clay saucer. Bake over coals. That still works, but for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, we […]

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Green Your Shabbat Candles With Beeswax

Every Friday night religious Jews light candles for Shabbat, the Sabbath or Shabbos. Guest poster Debra A. Waldoks sends us this tip in “light” of Earth Day today. Jewish or not, consider the ramifications of earth-friendly candles. My husband called me out on it: He claims that I am “green” when it affects my personal […]

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10 Tips For Greening Your Passover (Pesach) 2010

Getting outside is one way to “green” your Pesach. Image via godinthedesert. Pesach, or Passover in English, is an interesting paradox of both returning to a way of simple living as well as celebrating the holiday in a truly royal manner. Matza, one of the primary mitzvot of the holiday, is made of the most […]

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Enjoy Ecological Activies in Israel During Passover

An impressive aerial shot of Israel’s garbage mountain – site of new ecological activity – for Passover. You’ve already begun your preparations for Passover – you’ve starting finishing up all the yeast (or hametz) in the house, you’ve thought of ways to avoid food waste during the holiday, you’ve bought local, handmade and green gifts […]

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Make Some Creative, Reused, Green Noise This Purim

Purim, one of the most colorful and popular holidays in Judaism (probably because it is a mitzva to get, ahem, inebriated), is coming up this Saturday evening.  Colorful because it involves getting dressed up in costume, and popular because it’s fun to see everyone else’s creative costume ideas, eat delicious pastries, hear the story from […]

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Meet Noam Dolgin of the Green Zionist Alliance

Noam Dolgin is a Jewish environmental educator and the executive director of the Green Zionist Alliance (GZA). Based in Vancouver, Canada, he travels regularly around North America teaching about Jewish environmental values and Israel’s environment. Green Prophet sits down with Noam to learn a little more about the Green Zionist Alliance and what it does. […]

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Teva Learning Center Combines Environmental and Spiritual Awareness With An Eye to the East

A North American Jewish environmental awareness center is expanding its programs in environmental education to make Jewish students more aware of the need to combine the values of Judaism with those of preserving the environment. The Teva Learning Center, headed by Director Nili Simhai, has become North America’s foremost Jewish environmental education institute, with the […]

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Hazon Hosts Jewish Food Conference in California

If you are in the California area this winter and you care about food issues, consider heading to Hazon‘s annual food conference, from December 24-27. This is the same group running the sustainable food tour coming up in Israel. This Jewish food seminar looks at the ethics of animal slaughter, sustainable Israeli and Palestinian farming […]