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Walking the Walk: The Sacred Art of Energy Conservation

Rabbi Brant Rosen makes a passionate plea, textually based, for building an environmentally sustainable synagogue. His own congregation, The Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC) of Evanston, IL is an example.

Excerpt from Rabbi Rosen's sermon:
"When God created the first human beings, God showed them around the Garden of Eden and said to them, 'Look at my handiwork, my creation, how beautiful and balanced it is. Be careful not to ruin or destroy my world, for if you do, there will be no one to repair it after you.'" Midrash

The ancient rabbis who wrote this Midrash teach us two simple but critical lessons about our natural world. One: that our world is designed to be inherently sustainable... The second lesson teaches that the sustainability of God's creation is radically dependent upon human behavior. To put it simply, the future of our world is up to us.
Type: Dvar Torah

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