Creation and Restoration Ecology

Creation and Restoration Ecology

Many theologies, both within and outside Judaism, encourage us to see ourselves as co-creators of the world, which, among many other responsibilities, can entail repairing and restoring the natural environment. But this form of Tikkun Olam isn’t always as simple to carry out as it appears. While we humans are counteracting harm done to the Earth by other humans, much can go awry, even with the best of intentions. And in our anthropocene, it may be more realistic and beneficial to imagine a new and different state of harmony than to try to clamber back toward an Edenic past.

The conversation below was held on the morning of September 16 for Rosh Hashanah.

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(This post is part of Sinai and Synapses’ project Scientists in Synagogues, a grass-roots program to offer Jews opportunities to explore the most interesting and pressing questions surrounding Judaism and science. Gilah Langner is Rabbi at Kol Ami — The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community in Arlington, VA). 

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