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 A Wild Faith: Jewish Ways into Wilderness, Wilderness Ways into Judaism
By Rabbi Mike Commins
Jewish Lights Publishing, April 2007

A Wild Faith provides lively, concise presentations on a range of topics relevant to the practice of spirituality and Judaism. The book presents Judaism as a holistic and natural path that is very much connected to the earth.

God in the Wilderness: Rediscovering the Spirituality of the Great Outdoors with the Adventure Rabbi
By Rabbi Jamie S. Korngold
Double Day, April 2008

Rabbi Korngold, as the founder of the Adventure Rabbi programme, helps people reconnect to Judaism via nature and the outdoors. She balances her in-depth knowledge of scripture with a heartfelt compassion for nature. Rabbi Korngold encourages individual exploration of Judaism and nature and inspires communal responsibility.


The Way Into Judaism and the Environment
By Jeremy Benstein
Jewish Lights Publishing, October 2006

Benstein’s book is a call for Jewish environmental activism and awareness by drawing together Jewish texts, theology and scientific thought to create an essential field guide for Jewish environmentalism.


Judaism and Environmental Ethics: A Reader (Paperback)
By Martin D. Yaffe (editor)
Lexington Books, June 2001

Martin D. Yaffe includes a series of essays that explore essential questions with respect to the connection of Jewish tradition and environmental activism and awareness.


Judaism and Global Survival
By Richard H. Schwartz
Lantern Books, February 2002

This book, by the author of Judaism and Vegetarianism, is a reminder that we do not need to discover and create new Jewish values to tackle contemporary environmental issues. The book directs the reader towards a rediscovery of basic Jewish teachings that connect to environmental justice to ensure global survival.


Ecology and the Jewish Spirit: Where Nature and the Sacred Meet
By Ellen Bernstein
Pelican Publishing Company, May 2000

Ellen Bernstein founded Shomrei Adamah (Keepers of the Earth) in 1988, an organisation “dedicated to cultivating the ecological thinking and practices that are integral to Jewish life.” This beautiful anthology examines the close relationship between ecological thinking and ancient Jewish texts and practices.


Trees, Earth and Torah
By Ari Elon, Naomi Mara Hyman and Arthur Waskow (editors)
Jewish Publications Society, May 2000

This book is essentially a comprehensive modern source guide for understanding and observing Tu Bishvat through an explation of the holiday’s historical development and modern significance. This anthology connects biblical, rabbinic, medieval, and modern sources along with Zionistic and Eco-Jewish perspectives.


Pollution in a Promised Land: An Environmental History of Israel
By Alon Tal
University of California Press, August 2002

Alon Tal has created a comprehensive and insightful history of environmentalism in Israel through meticulous research and interviews of hundreds of experts and activists. The book is a comprehensive examination of the values that have shaped modern Israel’s environmental policy as well as a scholarly review of what lessons have been learned and more importantly where Israeli’s ecology is headed.


Spirit in Nature: Teaching Judaism and Ecology on the Trail
By Matt Biers-Ariel, Deborah Newbrun and Michal Fox Smart
Behrman House Publishing, 2000

This guide book enlightens hikers to the miracles of God’s creations as evidenced along the nature trail. The book highlights the connection between key Jewish values and the wonder of nature while engaging the reader in the recitation of blessings over phenomena in nature and other spiritual activities.


Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed Word
By Hava Tirosh-Samuelson (editor) Center for the Study of World Religions,
February 2003

Twenty-one authors have contributed to this comprehensive exploration of the relationship between the doctrine of creation and the doctrine of revelation in the context of natural law. Nature is explored in the Jewish mystical tradition and the complex discourse between Jewish religious values and contemporary environmentalism is examined.

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