• January 23, 2020
  • 26 5780, Tevet
  • פרשת וארא

Ecology & Torah

Ecology & Torah

In this course Rabbi Leo Dee will discuss six major issues in ecology and explore the multiple Torah sources and commentators that deal with these complex and contemporary issues. In this course we will cover:

  • Food production – what’s an ideal Torah lunch?
  • Living sustainably – how does the Torah protect future generations?
  • Consumerism – what are the limits?
  • Ecosystems – what does the Torah teach us about food chains
  • Climate Change – what does the Torah teach us to do about it?
  • Prevention of cruelty to animals – what should our relationship be with our furry friends?
November 5, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ecology & Torah: Eco-Torah Lesson 1 – Living Sustainably
Class description

Living sustainably – how does the Torah protect future generations?

As will be elaborated, according to Rav Kook, the Torah is, among other things, an ecological guide for humanity.

In this lesson, Rav Leo covers a number of sustainability topics covered by the Torah, including: Sustainable water, sustainable building, sustainable burial and sustainable transport.

Can we live up to Torah values and build a society that truly IS sustainable?

To what extent is this happening already in the Jewish homeland?

Are there things that we can change in our own lives that bring us closer to the Torah’s sustainable ideals?

Find out more in this first lesson of Eco-Torah.

With thanks to Rav Yonatan Neril and JewishEcoSeminars Eco-Torah Project.

November 12, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ecology & Torah: Lesson 2 – Torah and Ecosystems
Class description

There are many references in the Torah to animals and plants, not just in the Creation story, but also as a metaphor to help us to understand the depth of the Torah. Here we investigate the importance of animals in the Torah with reference to their role in the relevant ecosystem as well as the role of the ecosystem itself, especially when it starts to collapse due to unwanted human intervention…

November 19, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ecology & Torah: Lesson 3 – Consumerism
Class description

Consumerism is one of the main causes of our current environmental crisis – considering the wastefulness and pollution that it drives. In this shiur we examine the Torah’s approach to consumerism, its causes, its impacts, its antidotes and we discover what we can gain by moving away from a completely consumer-focused lifestyle – for ourselves and for the planet.

November 26, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ecology & Torah: Lesson 4 – Climate Change
Class description

Climate change affects our health, livelihoods and lives. The Torah warns us about how our behaviors can cause climate change and about the effects. See how.

December 3, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ecology & Torah: Lesson 5 – Sustainable Food
Class description

What is the Torah’s attitude to our food? How should we relate to food? Does it matter where it comes from? Why are there so many commandments regarding the preparation and selection of our food?

Find out more and join us for this class!


December 10, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ecology & Torah: Lesson 6 – Cruelty to Animals
Class description

What does the Torah say about our interaction with other species? How should we treat them? What about eating them? And does it really matter to God? Find out in this final shiur of the series!

Rabbi Leo Dee was born in London, England. He studied at Yeshivat HaMivtar 2004-2008. In 2008 he became the Assistant Rabbi Hendon, United Synagogue, where he served until 2011. Rabbi Dee was the Senior Rabbi, Radlett, Hertforshire from 2011-2014. He holds a Masters in Engineering from Cambridge University (1994) and a Masters in Public Heath from Hebrew University (2016). He spent 10 years working in Venture Capital before joining the Rabbinate. Rabbi Dee is currently working in the field of Torah and Sustainable Development.