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Sunday, January 20 • 10:15am - 11:30am
Then the Land will Reclaim its Sabbaths: What does Jewish Agricultural Law offer the Urban Jew?

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Many of our traditions stem from the agrarian reality of our ancestors. From Jewish laws regarding planting, harvests, tithing and fallow years, to holidays celebrating sowing and harvesting seasons, agriculture was once central to Jewish life. In the diaspora, however, Jews have become increasingly alienated from their agricultural roots, and many perceive these laws as largely theoretical. Yet, as we face a critical point in addressing global warming and issues of sustainability, the ideas highlighted by this body of law are more relevant than ever. This text study will explore how ancient Jewish concepts of land stewardship, avoidance of waste, social responsibility, equity, and acknowledgment of natural cycles can help us develop a mindful approach to today's challenges.

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Shoshanah Haberman

Shoshanah Haberman is a landscape designer with a masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland, where she was the recipient of the Masters of Landscape Architecture Award of Excellence. Finding herself asking some halachic questions when working with Jewish clients... Read More →
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Naama Sadan

Naama Sadan-Josephs is a teacher of geography, sustainability, Judaic studies, and a permaculture designer. Growing up in Israel and being always fascinated by nature, Jewish life and social systems she keeps trying to Touch the joint points of these three. naama.sadan@leyada.net... Read More →

Sunday January 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am PST