Gardening & the Earth

Build houses and dwell in them, and plant gardens and eat their fruit.
Jeremiah 29:5

 
Our ancestors were inextricably linked to the earth. Their well-being depended on the success of their crops. Many of our Jewish holidays are tied to the agricultural cycle — Sukkot reminds us of the temporary dwelling farmers would live in during harvesting; Shavuot is the holiday of the first fruits.

In this time of climate change, a connection with the earth is essential.  We must learn to be good stewards of the land, water, and air that sustains all of creation. Together, let us be shomrei adamah, guardians of the earth.

Explore more about Jewish views on nature and the environment.

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Recycle Roundup Game

Play this fun recycling game HERE to explore the Jewish value of bal tashchit—do not destroy. Jewish law prohibits wasteful consumption and needless destruction. When we protect the environment, we become shomrei adamah—keepers of the earth.

Plant-able Paper Making & Seed Balls

Let’s help children understand how nature provides the tools they use every day—in this case, paper. In this friendly video, Elan Margulies, the gifted Director of Pushing the Envelope Farm, guides family members in making colorful hand-made paper from recycled paper and natural materials. Bonus:...

3 Cool Ways to Explore Nature Together

Mindfulness is about being fully present, fully awake to where we are and what we are doing. If we can model mindfulness for our grandchildren in our encounters with nature, we will have given them the gift of a lifetime. Nature in Your Hands No…

Celebrating Our Natural Wonders

The Torah teaches, “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the…