Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774
The Earth cries out for care; national, local legislators act
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Give a man a recycling bin and you might just have won a convert to the environmentalist cause. Teach a government how to recycle - get it to mandate such behavior - and you've made history. So it goes in Washington, D.C., and America's 50 state capitals: Individual, even small-group change - this consumer buys a hybrid-electric car, that synagogue...
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In the 1940s and '50s in the United States, being "green," in an environmental sense, meant putting some money regularly - and especially before Shabbat - in the blue-and-white pushka from the Jewish National Fund. Buying trees in Israel was the principle way that American Jews contributed to making the desert bloom; indeed, the many groves and forests they helped...
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Exactly 35 years ago this spring, the environmental movement - helped along by a fair number of green-minded Jews - won its place in the American political and cultural landscape with a national celebration of the very first Earth Day. It took the better part of three decades, however, for "green" to become a buzzword in synagogues, Hebrew and day...
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