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Climate Resilience Through the Lens of Ta’anit

By Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

Published Oct 13, 2022

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Taanit No.2: Tu B'Shvat or Not Tu B’Shvat

(45 min) The climate crisis is both an ecological and spiritual crisis. In this episode, entitled “Taanit No.2: Tu B’Shvat or Not Tu B’Shvat”, host Netanel Zellis-Paley interviews Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman on topics vital to our emotional and spiritual wellbeing as Jews and humans alive today: How do we define hope now? What aspects of Torah can direct our hearts in the face of climate change? How is climate a divine language? How might we spiritually prepare children to live in an unraveling biosphere? This uplifting conversation ranges deep and wide, inviting listeners into a more intimate relationship with text, self, God, and land. 

 

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Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman is a writer, mother, and climate activist in Boston. She serves as a rabbinic ambassador for Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action, and as the Director & Co-Founder of The Artist Beit Midrash of Hebrew College and JArts. Rabbi Shoshana’s song “The Tide Is Rising,” which she co-wrote wit...

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When you consider climate change, what emotions come up? Notice where you feel them in your body. As you listen to the podcast, see if you can track any shifts in your body and feelings. Pause the podcast at any point to journal, move, talk or otherwise explore your reactions.  

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What pieces of Torah or ideas do you want to take with you after listening to this podcast? If you feel inspired to get involved in climate activism through the Jewish community, check out Dayenu.org. 

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