Shoftim: Pursuing Justice for the Environment

In this week’s Torah portion, Shoftim, Moses demands of the Jewish people,  “צֶדֶק צֶדֶק תִּרְדֹּף, Justice, justice shall you pursue” (16:20). It also includes the following. “When you besiege a city for many days to wage war against it to … Continue reading

Sukkot: Poverty and Ecology (and Stuffed Spaghetti Squash)

Sukkot is one of my favorite holidays for the obvious reasons: a harvest festival, the ultimate farm-to-table holiday filled with delicious meals eaten outside. I offer my recipe this year–inspired by the abundance of delicious apples and squash at farmers … Continue reading

Climate Change Resiliency With Seeds

With the People’s Climate Shabbat and March happening across the country this weekend, I wanted to address the issue of being “resilient” in the face of climate change. We’ve surpassed the targeted goal of 350 ppm, the “safe” level of … Continue reading

Torah, Food, and Climate Change

This weekend begins the “Earth Week” starting with the March for Science and culminating next weekend with the People’s Climate March. Both will be held in Washington, DC, with satellite marches across the nation and around the globe.  We are … Continue reading

Shana Tova: Reflections and Moving into a New Year

Shana Tova! Last year at Rosh Hashana, I decided to start Neesh Noosh, without having a vision or plan. Just a desire to learn, cook and write. What a whirlwind and exciting journey it has been! I want to share … Continue reading

Re’eh: Meat and Poverty

In this week’s Torah portion, Re’eh, it is written, “‘I will eat meat,’ because your soul desires to eat meat, you may eat meat, according to every desire of your soul” (12:20).  Follows is a list of animals that cannot … Continue reading