Sunday, August 9, 2020


Green Living

Can Noah’s Saga Help us Avoid a Climate Apocalypse?

In order to avoid widespread climate catastrophe we must influence human behavior — hopefully with better results than Noah.   The future of life on Earth...

Cremation Thoughts

When I was old enough to think about my own burial, I decided that I wanted to be cremated. How much room is there...

Accepting the end – Jewish rules for the last moments of life

      The hospice patient, an innovative leader in his profession, was in his last moments of life. His eyes rolled back into his...

Just for the Smiles: A new philanthropic endeavor that is ever-so-L.A.

Los Angeles native, Evan Gordon, 29, is the founder and president of <a href="http://justforthesmiles.org/ " target="_blank">Just for the Smiles, an up-and-coming non-profit that seeks...

The Life and Death of the Friendly Casket Company

Our chevrah kadisha had a long and established relationship with a local casket maker, who suddenly went out of business about two years ago....

Exploring Jewish Reasons for Ground Burial – An Alphabetic Acrostic

Many Jews are asking if cremation is an acceptable alternate to in-ground burial. Isn't cremation simple and inexpensive? Isn't cremation quick and the least...

Picking up the dead

I work in the community Chevrah Kadisha of Vancouver BC, and besides sitting Shmirah, performing Taharah, and filling in for burial and unveiling Minyan,...

“Tidal Shifts” in Attitudes

This week the Gallup organization reported on a <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/183791/support-nontraditional-candidates-varies-religion.aspx ">poll it had completed on “Support for Nontraditional Candidates." It noted that there had been...

Community Advocates On the Air Tonight

Community Advocates’ vice president, Joe Hicks, will be a guest this evening on KCRW’s Which Way LA? with host Warren Olney at 7:00PM on...

One or the other?

It has been said, once we know we are reflections of each other, once we recognize the whole in the awareness of "Love your neighbor...

First Taharah

My first taharah took place on a late night in the middle of busy workweek. At the Jewish funeral parlor, the most experienced woman...


Scientists, ecologists, devotees, and spiritual healers are together at a summit, saying we need each other. The scientists want to know, "Is there a...

Water is Life- Water Retention Landscaping

Dearest Friends,    I have been reading about various water projects, and some of them are not working in the healthiest ways. Please watch this video...

Ice Bucket Challenge

People are saying that we’re wasting water, But we would have an abundance of water If we weren’t wasting rain. We don’t need to be importing it...

New Earth

     It was dehydrated in the desert on Tisha B'Av. in light of all the nonsensical devestation around the globe, if I died keeping...

Water Retention: Helpful Prayer

Be a prayer. Be a hopeful one. it's the only helpful one. The blessing of waiting for the messiah is the lesson of hope. Be an...

The Center of the Train, Single Payer Health Care

It is devastatingly frustrating to see people trying to get on the NYC subways, totally crowded on top of each other, cramming into the...

Good Morning!

Good Morning! Good morning! It's what we're calling global warming. Wake up to the coming cosmic day or we'll end up dying for a past  that wasn't working...

Information on Peace Day Live

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This Village IS Helping

Rabbi Shim'on ben Pazi noted a contradiction: says, "God made the two big luminaries" and "the big luminary… and the small luminary". God made...

An organic, self-sustaining farm in Costa Rica where faith and hope are cultivated

Earth Rose Farm in Costa Rica is situated on a remote hillside between the villages of Santa Fe and Esperanza, or “faith” and “hope.”

Making one day’s worth of consumption last for eight

And on the fifth day, I learned how not to compost. It was a sunny mid-November morning when I found out that potato peels, celery tops and other vegetable pieces — in other words, most of the 7 pounds of organic matter I had been saving in my refrigerator’s crisper drawer for the past four days — were, in fact, still food.

U.S. expert sees Israel as renewable energy leader

Israel is poised to be a leader in developing solar energy and other renewable energy sources, a leader in the energy arena said while visiting the Jewish state.

Conservative movement launches ‘green’ initiative

The Conservative movement has launched a movement-wide environmental initiative.

Business Owners View Greenhouse Gas Reduction as Cultural Imperative

In September 2006, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32), the Global Warming Solutions Act, regulating greenhouse gas emissions throughout the state. This year, the California Air Resources Board will adopt mechanisms to reduce those emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 — a 25 percent reduction — and 80 percent below that by 2050. Such landmark legislation puts California ahead of the country in combating climate change, but critics question whether it will be too expensive to a state already under economic stress.

PBS Features Schools’ Growing Eco Awareness

At a Harvard University dormitory, a banner proclaims, “Green Is the New Crimson.”

Greening the Dollar

Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy, as well as Maimonides’ “Eight Levels of Charity” all say the same thing: Loans should be given out without charging any interest.

Jewish environmental group increasing efforts as climate debate heats up

As the debate over how to combat climate change heats up in Copenhagen, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life is ramping up its efforts to help make the Jewish community a key player in the discussion.

Peres to attend Copenhagen climate conference

Israeli President Shimon Peres, a champion of green issues, will represent Israel at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

Jewish groups call for climate change at Copenhagen conference

Twenty-two Jewish organizations signed on to a call for action on climate change to be presented at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

New Articles

Lebanese Information Minister Resigns Amid Unrest Following Beirut Disaster

The decision was made as a “response to the public will for change,” minister says • Hezbollah chief, Lebanese leaders hanged in effigy in Beirut protests.

Trump’s Germany Ambassador Pick Under Fire from Jewish Groups for Statements on Immigrants and Nazi History

The nomination of Douglas Macgregor, a decorated combat veteran who now frequently appears on Fox News, made headlines this week after CNN’s K File unearthed a long history of the retired colonel’s comments.

Israeli Cabinet Meeting Canceled Amid Ongoing State Budget Dispute

Likud Party: Blue and White is blocking a $2.5 billion economic aid program. Blue and White: Likud is refusing to honor the coalition agreement.

David Goldfein, Jewish US Air Force Chief, Is Stepping Down

Gen. David Goldfein, who for a time was in line to become the first Jewish chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, has retired as Air Force chief.

A Jewish Guide to Joe Biden’s VP Short List

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to name his running mate in the next two weeks, and while the list of contenders has changed constantly for months, most reports have now whittled the group of front-runners down to Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Susan Rice, Karen Bass, Tammy Duckworth and Keisha Lance Bottoms.

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