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“Why Were You Not Zusya?”

CORPORATE AND PERSONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY by Rabbi Judy Weiss from the Autumn 2016 issue of Jewish Currents IN A NOVEMBER 2014 CARTOON in the Washington Post, Tom Toles skewered the Republican obstructionist stance on climate change. In a dialogue between a Republican elephant and Toles’ beardless version of Uncle Sam, the elephant argues, “We shouldn’t […]

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Tisha b’Av in the Age of Climate Change

BINDING OURSELVES TO ONE ANOTHER THROUGH ACTIVISM by Rabbi Judy Weiss from the Summer 2016 issue of Jewish Currents THE FIRST TIME I went to Tisha b’Av morning services, I was surprised by something rather insignificant: According to Ashkenazic custom, Jews don’t wear talleisim (prayer shawls) or tefillin (phylacteries) during the morning Tisha b’Av service. […]

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Making Clear the Science of Climate Change

Michael Mann Takes It On by Rabbi Judy Weiss WHEN I FIRST learned that climate scientists thought climate change is potentially catastrophic and advancing faster than expected, I felt obligated to try to learn what I could. I took a MOOC (a Massive Open Online Course) that was an introduction to climate change for non-scientists, […]

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Paris, the Pope, and the Planet

Opening the Door to 1.5º and a Carbon Market by Rabbi Judy Weiss I’M A RABBI, climate activist, and grandmother, and the way I mix these identities seems constantly to surprise my friends. In 2014 they asked: “Why go to the New York climate march just three days before Rosh HaShanah? One march won’t change […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: The Meltdown

by Rabbi Judy Weiss IF YOU THOUGHT a one-meter rise in sea level by the end of the century, as predicted in many studies, is really bad, climate scientist Dr. James Hansen has some disturbing news: If emissions continue on their current course, we could actually be looking at one-meter sea level rise by mid-century, […]

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