Reading Pleasures

Recommended Books

Ecology and the Jewish Spirit, Ellen Bernstein (ed.), various writers present creative ways to approach Judaism with a renewed ecological awareness.

The Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols, Ellen Frankel and Betsy Platkin Teutsch. An illustrated guide to Jewish symbols, many from nature, and their meanings.

God in the Wilderness: Rediscovering the Spirituality of the Outdoors with the Adventure Rabbi, Jamie S. Korngold, provides new perspective on the bible and Jewish spirituality in the great outdoors.

The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for All Seasons, by Jill Hammer (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2006). A day by day guide connecting “sacred stories and nature’s rhythms” throughout the year.

Kabbalah and Ecology: God’s Image in the More Than Human World, David Seidenberg. A scholarly work that takes a deep look at new ways to interpret our relationship with the natural world and develop an eco-theology rooted in Jewish tradition.

Spirit in Nature: Teaching Judaism and Ecology on the Trail, Matt Biers-Ariel, Deborah Newbrun, and Michael Fox Smart, is a handbook of exercies to use on hikes or other outdoor activity in a Jewish context.

Torah of the Earth, Arthur Waskow (ed.), Many writers explore four millennia of Jewish teachings on nature from ancient to modern times in this two book series.

A Wild Faith: Jewish Ways into Wilderness, Wilderness Ways Into Judaism, Mike Comins, is “a guide to the theory and practice of Jewish wilderness spirituality.”

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