Martin D. Yaffe's Judaism and Environmental Ethics: A Reader is a well-conceived exploration of three interrelated questions: Does the Hebrew Bible, or subsequent Jewish tradition, teach environmental responsibility or not? What Jewish teachings, if any, appropriately address today's environmental crisis? Do ecology, Judaism, and philosophy work together, or are they at odds with each other in confronting the current crisis?
Martin D. Yaffe is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and a member of the Center for Environmental Philosophy at the University of North Texas. He is the author of Shylock and the Jewish Question (1997).
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 The Historical Question Chapter 3 On Classical Judaism and Environmental Crisis Chapter 4 The Hebrew View of Nature Chapter 5 Concepts of Nature in the Hebrew Bible Chapter 6 The Forestry of the Prophets Chapter 7 The Agricultural and Ecological Symbolism of the Four Species of Sukkot Chapter 8 Judaism and the Practice of Stewardship Chapter 9 Man and Nature in the Sabbatical Year Chapter 10 Commentary on the Book of Genesis, Chapter 1 Part 11 The Ethical Question Chapter 12 Our Covenant with Stones: A Jewish Ecology of Earth Chapter 13 Created in the Image of God: Humanity and Divinity in an Age of Environmentalism Chapter 14 Is Gaia Jewish? Finding a Framework for Radical Ecology in Traditional Judaism Chapter 15 "One, Walking, and Studying...": Nature vs. Torah Chapter 16 Bal Tashchit: A Jewish Environmental Precept Chapter 17 Contemporary Problems in Ethics from a Jewish Perspective Part 18 The Philosophical Question Chapter 19 The Unnatural Jew Chapter 20 Comments on the Unnatural Jew Chapter 21 Some Thoughts on Nature and Judaism Chapter 22 Judaism and the Sanctification of Nature Chapter 23 Judaism and Nature: Theological and Moral Issues to Consider while Renegotiating a Jewish Relationship to the Natural World Chapter 24 Nature's Healing Power, the Holocaust, and the Environmental Crisis Chapter 25 Ethical Issues of Animal Welfare in Jewish Thought Chapter 26 Judaism and Animal Experimentation Chapter 27 Vegetarianism and Judaism Chapter 28 Sanctified Eating: A Memorial of Creation