Tuesday, September 22, 2020



Israel Searches for Solutions to Limit Light Pollution in the Red Sea

With COVID-19 at the forefront of every headline for the last two months, countless reports have shown the positive effects of the corona pandemic...

Photojournalist Captures Incredible Moving Salt Formations in the Dead Sea

In 2016, photojournalist Noam Bedein pushed off the crystallized shores of the Dead Sea in a kayak, hoping to document some of the dramatic...

The Guy Who Plans to Buy 2.3% of The Planet

The fires this season in Australia have claimed the lives of 29 people to date. 15 million acres of woodland have burned in Australia....

A Religious Life Is a Sustainable One

If he were alive today, would the Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson be a vegetarian? A few months ago, I read a thoughtful article in...

All You Need is Trees and Trees Again

Tu B’shevat or the “New Year of the Tree,” is a Jewish holiday that originally began as an agricultural holiday, and has now turned...

Leon Massoth: The Lorax of Exotic Plantlife

Everyone wanted now 63-year-old Leon Massoth to be a doctor when he grew up, but his green thumb was too strong. So instead of...

Tu B’Shevat: A Celebration of the Tree

Having walked through redwood forests, I experienced the ancient spirit of these trees as their scent and presence wafted gently around me. I felt...

Taking Tu B’Shevat Personally

Years ago, activist and scholar Rabbi Everett Gendler came to our Hebrew College Rabbinical School in Boston. Now 91, he was a tall, white-haired,...

Nevertheless We Resisted

It isn’t like they didn’t try to tell us with charts and graphs  and documentary footage of the ice cap melt and whales rotting homeless on receding sand. We...

What We Can Change Is Our Attitude

When I was around 8 years old, I was summoned from class to receive the terrible news that my beloved Papa (my paternal grandfather)...

Counting Our Days

Psalm 90, ascribed to Moses, acknowledges the brevity of the human’s life and his or her finite time on Earth, and so he asks...

Coming to Terms With Terror in ‘The Last Heaven on Earth’

“We thought we were the last heaven on Earth but we woke up to a new reality.” Rabbi Natti Friedler, senior rabbi of Auckland Hebrew...

Trees: The Ground Beneath Our Feet Tells a Different Story

Trees are secretly talking, trading and waging war on one another. They do this by using a network of fungi that grow around and inside...

Pray That We Can Change the Climate — and Soon

I have been deeply concerned about climate change since the 1980s. I have a vivid memory of sitting in the teacher’s lounge in the...

The Dead

You know when you squint at a star and the light shines out in a series of lines giving the star legs and arms? What if it’s because...

Scientists find evidence of recent water flows on Mars

Scientists analyzing data from a NASA spacecraft have found the first evidence that briny water flowed on the surface of Mars as recently as last summer, a paper published on Monday showed, raising the possibility that the planet could support life.

Local rabbis speak up about the drought

The Catholic pope is not the only one seeing moral messages in the issue of climate change and in valuing the Earth’s natural resources.

Pope calls for ‘action now’ to save planet, stem warming, help poor

Pope Francis demanded swift action on Thursday to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear \"the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor\" and plunging the Catholic Church into political controversy over climate change.

Last year was Earth’s hottest on record, U.S. scientists say

Last year was Earth\'s hottest on record in a new sign that people are disrupting the climate by burning fossil fuels that release greenhouse gases to the air, two U.S. government agencies said on Friday.

The day the Earth stood stupid

Say goodnight, Earthlings. That message — plus the slimmest of shots at an eleventh-hour reprieve — was announced to the people of the world last week.

UPDATE: Meteorite explodes over Russia, more than 1,000 injured

A meteorite streaked across the sky and exploded over central Russia on Friday, raining fireballs over a vast area and causing a shock wave that smashed windows, damaged buildings and injured 1,200 people.

Israel ready to train new astronaut

Ten years after the death of Ilan Ramon on the space shuttle Columbia, Israel is ready to train a new astronaut.

Space Shuttle Columbia: From Shoah to the stars

On Feb. 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated as it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, tragically taking the lives of all seven astronauts on board. Among those who never returned home were Israeli Air Force Col. Ilan Ramon — Israel’s first and only astronaut — and a miniature Torah dating back to the Holocaust.

Opinion: The end is nigh. Seriously.

In countless cartoons, there’s a guy in a robe and long beard who’s walking around carrying a sign saying The End Is Nigh. The joke is that he’s ridiculous – some loony who takes the Book of Revelation literally. But what if the joke’s on us?

Jerusalem, Tel Aviv on new Google project

Jerusalem\'s Old City and parts of historic Tel Aviv are featured in Google\'s new \"World Wonders Project,\" although Jerusalem is not included under the Israel category.

Population boom? Why 7 billion isn’t enough

I may be a rabbi who lives and works in the heart of New York City -- in fact, I was just voted one of Gotham’s “hippest” -- but believe it or not, I occasionally catch a glimpse of an endangered species.\n

Balancing resources and lives — being Jewish and ‘green’

Judaism has a lot to say about how to create a balance between using the resources we have and abusing or destroying them.

VIDEO: A Sacred Duty — A Jewish response to threats to our environment

A Major Documentary on Current Environmental Threats and How Jewish Teachings Can Be Applied in Responding to These Threats.

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The Reality of Desert Life

Draped in a deep, earthen-red shukah, adorned with circles of brightly beaded necklaces and head-to-toe with body paint made from ochre and sheep fat, the Masai warrior keeps a silent vigil in the midst of the relentless equatorial heat of East Africa. His life is a mission from his god, Ngai, to protect and care for his herd of cattle and the earth itself.

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Honduras to Move Embassy to Jerusalem by Year’s End

(JTA) — Honduras will move its embassy to Jerusalem by the end of this year, the Prime Minister’s Office in Israel announced. The statement Monday...

YouTube, Google, Apple Music and Spotify Urged to Remove French Rapper’s Songs on Hitler, Jews and Money

(JTA) — France’s oldest anti-racism watchdog group called on internet giants to remove from their platforms newly released hit rap songs that critics say...

Meet the 3 Jewish Candidates on Trump’s Supreme Court Justice Shortlists

He has 44 names total on his list of potential nominees.

Israel Has Nearly 7,000 Violations of National Lockdown Over Rosh Hashanah

Around 40 Israelis died during Rosh Hashanah.

Jewish Groups Mourn Ruth Bader Ginsburg

She was hailed as "a giant of American jurisprudence."