The Torah emphasizes that all life is sacred. Knowing that, we are charged with tending to the Earth’s well being. Bal Tashchit, or “do not destroy,” a key Jewish principle, teaches us to serve as stewards and protectors of the land. We read in Kohelet,that “One generation goes and another generation comes, but the Earth remains forever” (1:4). These values compel us to speak out when we see environmental degradation that will greatly impact the health and livelihood of future generations.
“In the hour when the Holy one, blessed be He, created the first person, God showed him the trees in the Garden of Eden, and said to him: ‘See My works, how fine they are; Now all that I have created, I created for your benefit. Think upon this and do not corrupt and destroy My world, For if you destroy it, there is no one to restore it after you,’ (Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:28).
So, what is your family doing this April 22nd for Earth Day?
Did you know that Earth Day was created by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in the Spring of 1970. By the winter of that same year, the holiday’s popularity had sparked the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, a branch of government designed to protect the environment through regulation.
Whatever you do, make it a day to help beautify and clean-up the earth