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Is Judaism Concerned with Conservation?

Does it really matter when a species goes extinct?

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Visitor Comments: 10

(4) Tova Saul, April 25, 2018 7:28 AM

Judaism is very concerned with species conservation

But apparently, not enough Jews are concerned, seeing as though no one has responded to this video.

(3) Judith Gottesman, MSW, April 25, 2018 5:40 AM

5 beautiful points

Thank you for these 5 informative and beautiful points about the Jewish imperative to conserve nature and wildlife. The first on the prohibition against destruction is strong support for vegan values and why it is the true kashrut.

(2) Debbie, April 25, 2018 2:27 AM

Hashem spoke to Adam about his relationship to the earth.

Adam was commanded to be fruitful and multiply, to fill the earth, v'kivshu'ha - capture it, dominate it. He was also given a garden l'avda u'lishamra, to work it and to protect it. I believe we're encouraged to build and develop technology, as long as it's in the safe-keeping of our earth.

(1) Tova Saul, April 24, 2018 5:06 PM

Rabbi Becher.....

Let's simplify, because most of the points do not really address the enormity of the tragedy that the loss of species is. When Hashem created the world, "He saw that it was good". We are quickly destroying Hashem's masterpieces, and creating a dead planet. The main cause of species extinction is loss of habitat. Loss of habitat is mainly caused by an ever-burgeoning human population, which needs the constant building of new housing developments, factories, roads, businesses, farms, etc.

There is a kabbalist thought that "Hashem contracted Himself to make room for the universe". Humans have not learned to make room for the rest of the planet's species. Unless humans, in the wake of modern medicine that has caused infant mortality to plummet, decide to be content with 1 or 2 children per family, there really is no hope to conserve species. Even the lion is endangered now.

Judith Gottesman, April 25, 2018 6:25 AM

Animal Agriculture is biggest threat to planet

Go vegan, and you stop ranchers from killing wildlife and rainforest loss, as well as lessen pollution greatly from methane and run off i to water supplies, ecoli, etc, not to mention use farmland to grow food to feed people rather than farm animals. And, of course, it's the compassionate way and healthy to eat and live. See Cowspiracy and Earthlings for a great tutorial.

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