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Proof of Global Warming

Posted by Frum Hiker on June 12, 2008

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Thoughts on the enviornmentalism and the Torah

Posted by Frum Hiker on June 11, 2008

I was just reading a charedi online news publication and in the comments on another article about high gas prices the usual environmentalist bashing was being done. I guess I find it bothersome that Charedi Jews are not more involved in environmentally friendly projects, if respect for life and future life is on the agenda, for some reason environmental issues always come down to cost, and its never about what could be- its always toe the party line. Even the push for alternative energies is cost related- which is fine, but most people would abandon the whole issue if gas prices were to go back below 2 bucks a gallon.

It just seems that our whole existence as Yidden is for olam habah, and we are supposed to shun life on this world for the future. It seems that environmentalism takes the same notes. If you wish to leave this to your future generations- you better stop thinking everything that has a liberal ring to it is bad and start doing little things to try and make a difference.

On that note I am so very proud to say that I have noticed when going to the various garden supply stores around Monsey that Chassidic ladies of all people are the biggest gardeners, I have spoken with some of them about the joys of tomato gardening and such- good to see some people utilizing the land and growing their own food. ok I am just rambling.

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Community Suppoted Agriculture by synagogues

Posted by Frum Hiker on June 6, 2008

I am a big fan of CSA’s, which stand for community supported agriculture- they were invented in Great Barrington Massachusetts- which was close to Albany so I have an affinity for them as well. They are basically community farms, small plots of land with shares and each share gets a certain amount of veggies, and each share agrees to work the land for a certain number of hours. I think its a great way for people to see where their food actually comes from- since most people are so far removed from the actual farming process- it also saves money, encourages healthy eating practices and is usually an environmentally friendly farming process by utilizing crop rotation, organic planting and small scale planting.

I was just found this blog Kosher Whine and they have this great article about their shul trying to get people in on a local CSA, which is a great idea in general. I would love to see more Jews becoming environmentally aware and interested in these types of community projects.

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