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[book] Trees, Earth, and Torah: A Tu B'Shvat Anthology by Ari Elon (Editor), Naomi M. Hyman (Editor), and Rabbi Arthur Ocean Waskow (Editor)
Hardcover - JPS, Fall 1999, $30. Collection of resources for Tu-B'shvat, the 15th of Shvat. You can't ask for a better book, since Waskow conducts the best seders on the East coast. The first comprehensive collection of Jewish resources for observing the popular late midwinter holiday of Tu B'Shvat, the Jewish "New Year of Trees." Established in the sixteenth-century by the Jewish mystics of Sefat, this holiday celebrates natural and supernatural renewal, and includes a special seder modeled after the Passover seder. The relationship of humanity with the earth-of adam to adamah-has long been a vital element of Hebrew scripture. Today, the Tu B'Shvat holiday has taken on added significance because of the greening of Israel and the growth of the ecology and environmental movements in the United States and abroad. Trees, Earth, and Torah draws from biblical, rabbinical, medieval, and modern sources-from art, music, recipes, and crafts, as well as fiction, poetry, and essays-about the significance and historical development of the holiday, and includes mystical writings along with Zionist and Eco-Jewish pieces. The anthology also includes several examples of a "Seder Tu B'Shvat," ranging from kabbalistic ritual to a contemporary ceremony that makes the concepts and ideas behind the holiday more tangible.




[book] Torah of the Earth:
Exploring 4,000 Years of Ecology in Jewish Thought
by Arthur Waskow (Editor)
Human responses to the natural world stretching back through the last 4,000 years come to life in this major new resource providing a diverse group of ecological and religious voices. It gives us an invaluable key to understanding the intersection of ecology and Judaism, and offers the wisdom of Judaism in dealing with the present environmental crisis. Both intelligent and accessible, Torah of the Earth is an essential resource and a reminder to us that humans and the earth are intertwined. More than 30 leading scholars and experts enlighten, provoke, and provide a guided tour of ecological thought from four major Jewish viewpoints. Perhaps the most profound Jewish statement about the relationship between human beings and the earth is bound up in two words of Hebrew - two words that do not even need a sentence to connect them: Adam. Adamah. The first means "human being"; the second, "earth." The two words intertwine to teach us that that the human and the earth are intertwined. In Hebrew no one is able to say the name of the earth or of humanity without hearing an echo of the other.




[book] Ecology & the Jewish Spirit : Where Nature and the Sacred Meet by Ellen Bernstein (Editor), Susan Berrin (Editor)
Hardcover - 250 pages (January 1998) Jewish Lights Publishing. Ellen Bernstein is founder of Shomrei Adamah (Keepers of the Earth), the first institution dedicated to cultivating the ecological thinking and practices integral to Jewish life. Bernstein has taught, directed, and developed earth science and nature education programs across the country. Ecology & the Jewish Spirit uncovers Judaism's ecological message, a message which offers us a newfound spiritual approach to the many-faceted world supporting us.This vibrant work brings to light the long-neglected environmental themes that are native to Jewish tradition-themes woven through ancient Jewish texts, the biblical creation story, Jewish law, the cycles of holidays and festivals, prayer, mitzvot (good deeds), and community.






[book] A Tu BeShvat Seder:
The Feast of Fruits from the Tree of Life
by Yitzhak Buxbaum

Paperback - 96 pages (December 21, 1998) Jewish Spirit Publishing








[book] Seder Tu Bishevat:
The Festival of Trees
by Adam, Fisher (Editor)
The Festival of Trees, Tu Bishevat, celebrates nature's rebirth after winter. Seder Tu Bishevat not only marks the observance but celebrates Judaism's appreciation of the larger cycles of nature as the work of God. This volume contains two Seders, both developed to involve young people in the observance. Seder I addresses both adults and children of various ages; Seder II is specifically designed for the understanding and participation of younger children. Seder Tu Bishevat contains more than 20 songs, including Ei-Li Ei-Li, Nitzanim Niru, and the classic Turn!, Turn!, Turn! with complete chording for guitar. In addition to original poetry by Rabbi Fisher, the prayers and selections from traditional sources express a sense of wonder as we encounter nature with an awareness of God's presence in the world. Ideal for congregational use and for families wanting to share a personal experience of nature with their children. Softcover, 98 pages.




[book] Nature & Man in the Bible by Yehuda Feliks
A comprehensive book on the topic of nature and its mention in the Torah. One of my favorites.
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[book] Listen to the Trees : Jews and the Earth by Molly Cone, Roy Doty (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 9-12 Paperback (November 1998) Union of American Hebrew Congregations Listen To The Trees looks to the Torah for its environmental wisdom. Through quotations, sayings and stories, Molly Cone gives young readers an inspiring view of the jewish connection to the natural world.
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[book] Baker Encyclopedia of Bible Plants : Flowers and Trees, Fruits and Vegetables, Ecology by F. Nigel Hepper, Jo Gordon (Editor).
Hardcover (March 1993)
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[book] Bible Flowers by Sherri Rifkin (Co-Editor)).
Hardcover (April 1996) Harmony Books
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[book] Planting a Bible Garden : A Good Book Practical Guide by F. Nigel Hepper
Hardcover - 96 pages (July 1998) "Planting a Bible Garden" shows how to design, plant, and maintain a theme garden using plants mentioned in the Bible. It contains nearly 200 illustrations and photos, most in full color, which showcase the plants, shrubs, and trees that are grown in the Holy Land. Readers will learn what Bible plants were like and how to choose the right plants to make their own Bible garden thrive in any climate.
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[book] A Garden of Choice Fruit: 200 Classic Jewish Quotes on the Environment by David E. Stein.
January 1991, Shomrei Adamah






[book] The Jewish Sourcebook on the Environment and Ecology by Ronald H. Isaacs.
Hardcover - 240 pages (June 1998) Jason Aronson
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[book] Plants of the Bible : A Complete Handbook to All the Plants With 200 Full-Color Plates Taken in the Natural Habitat by Michael Zohary.
Hardcover - 240 pages (June 1998) Jason Aronson
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[book] Let The Earth Teach You Torah by Ellen Bernstein and Dan Fink.
1992,
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[book] The Never-Ending Greenness by Neil Waldman
$16. Hardcover - 32 pages (March 1997) William Morrow & Company. This well-written story retells simply a complicated tale of displacement and rebuilding. The narrator begins, "I was born many years ago in a city called Vilna. I remember my papa's bakery, all filled with wonderful smells....But mostly I remember the trees."
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[book] A Prayer for the Earth:
The Story of Naamah, Noah's Wife
by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, and Bethanne Andersen (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8. Hardcover - 32 pages (November 1996) Jewish Lights Publishing. Here, Noah's wife is named Naamah, a play on the Hebrew word pleasing, because her deeds are pleasing to God. She successfully completes the task that God asks of her: to save each plant on the earth. Before the rain falls, Naamah scours the world looking for growing things. Even the ubiquitous dandelion comes along--though only at God's prodding. Once on the ark, Noah and his wife use the room with the plants as a place of peace. Click to learn more.
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