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Eco-Funeral? Jewish Burial Rites Are Green.

Traditional Jewish burials: guidelines to a green farewell. The recent controversy over arch-terrorist Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea has piqued an interest in eco-funerals here at Green Prophet. It can hardly get more friendly to the environment than a biodegradable cloth  shroud in which to wrap the corpse, plus weights to ballast – then […]

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Oxford Scholar Brings God’s Wife Back To Life

Though an uncomfortable notion for some, scholarship reveals that God had a wife. Scholars have known since the late 1960s that the ancient Israelites worshiped both Yahweh and his wife Asherah. Despite efforts by some editors to translate Asherah’s name to mean ‘Sacred Tree,’ archaeological findings and excerpts from the Book of Kings depict God’s […]

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Mosque in Turkey Goes Solar

Another mosque has taken up the battle against climate change and gone Eco- this time in Turkey When a nuclear plant was proposed for the Turkish village of Buyukeceli, the residents decided to demonstrate their resistance not through protest and petitions but by highlighting the viability of renewable energy. Using the support of Greenpeace, they […]

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One Muslim’s Mission To Make Africa Green Again

Muslim starts sustainable tree planting operation to make Ethiopia green once again. Visiting Ethiopia after a thirty year absence, Geshaw Tahir an Ethiopian-born Muslim was struck by one thing. The green landscapes and trees that once surrounded his home had all but disappeared and were replaced with dry fields, eroded and ruined after years of deforestation. […]

Muslims Who Breastfeed Save Planet Earth

New parents and nursing Muslim women will be pleased to know the Islamic perspective on nursing is pro-breastfeeding. And it doesn’t cost the Earth. At Islam’s core of a stable society is a functioning family where, interestingly, the mother has a higher status than the father. And for a family unit to be healthy, mothers […]

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Climbing God’s Mountain in Sinai

The ultimate “spiritual” and ecological experience – climbing the mountain where Moses was believed to have received the 10 commandments. In the heart of the Sinai Peninsula lies the biblical mountain that Moses supposedly received the Ten Commandments from God thousands of years ago. When Moses went to traverse the sharp edges of the mountain […]

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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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Cambridge to Build Europe’s First Eco-Mosque

Architect Marks Barfield is to design a £13 million “eco” mosque on a 0.4 hectare brownfield site in Cambridge. England’s historic city of Cambridge, with its world-famous university and idyllic countryside, will soon count a mosque amidst its stunning skyline of spires. But this isn’t just any old mosque. In fact it is the first-purpose […]

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Can a Male Birth Control Pill Save the Environment?

A birth control for men is in the works. It complies with strict religious traditions in Judaism, and it could control population growth in the Middle East and developing nations. Most western environmentalists would agree that population control is one of the most important measures humanity can take to stop the over-consumption of Earth’s limited […]

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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 […]