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The Splendor of Creation: A Biblical Ecology Paperback – July 13, 2005
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Author Ellen Bernstein, founder of Shomrei Adamah ("Guardians of the Earth," a Jewish ecology org), did not start out as a "religious" Jew per se. As she explains in this book, she was an outdoors-type person who got involved in the secular ecology movement, then began exploring her Judaism through the back door, so to speak. There came a point when she realized that politics and activism were not enough. But the ecologists often ignored the religious dimension -- or were openly hostile to it. The movement lacked a connection to the God-as-Creator. Bridging religion and ecology became her personal quest. The result is this excellent little book with a very big message: That religion and science can be reconciled in the Book of Genesis.
Bernstein goes verse-by-verse through the first chapter of Genesis, focusing on each step of the Creation process. She quotes both the original Hebrew and a modern English translation, highlighting specific words in both texts. Then she weaves together material from traditional and contemporary Jewish commentaries, scientific research and nature observations, writers in the ecology movement, and her own personal experiences as an outdoorswoman. The result is a very readable yet profound midrash (Jewish commentary).Read more ›
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Ellen Bernstein's "Splendor of Creation" helps the reader see the world and the universe -- and our place in it -- in a new light (pun intended!). Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by J. Pearl
It was a month before Rosh Hashanah and I had not yet written a sermon for the 150 people coming on the Adventure Rabbi retreat. Read morePublished on March 18, 2008 by Jamie S. Korngold