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October 6, 2015 | 23rd Tishrei 5776

The Reform responsa provide answers to questions about Reform Judaism and Jewish living. Unlike resolutions, responsa provide guidance, not governance. As a body of literature, the responsa published by the Reform Movement reveal a broad consensus as to mainstream Reform Jewish thinking on important issues facing contemporary Judaism. Individual rabbis and communities retain responsibility, however, to make their own determinations as to the stance they will take on individual issues. The following Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) Responsa discuss issues surrounding environmental responsibility:

Worship Materials

Alternative Aleinu
Dan Medwin, Rabbinic Student

Jewish Teachings

Jews, Jewish Texts, and Nature: A Brief History
by Rabbi Daniel Swartz, republished in the Jewish Virtual Library

Jewish Virtual Library: Ecology

Jewish Virtual Library: Conservation

Ecological Concerns in Rabbinic Literature
By Rabbi Louis Jacobs (Republished at

Bal Tashhit: The Torah Prohibits Wasteful Destruction
By Rabbi Norman Lamm (Republished at

"Green" Sermons

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