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  •  I love these threads (3+ / 0-)

    I learn so much. I knew the Unitarian position (see skywalker9's post) but I didn't know the Orthodox Jewish position. It doesn't surprise me, but I didn't know it officially.

    Glenn Beck seems the very essence of a one-clown pie fight. His brain wears gigantic puffy shoes and comes with a bicycle horn. -- Hunter

    by Page van der Linden on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 10:08:47 PM PDT

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    •  Pollution comes up explicitly in the Talmud (6+ / 0-)

      Back then, the concept of doing something on your own property that might be noxious to other people came up as well.  And the Talmud discusses one specific case in detail.

      It discusses the implications of where you can (and cannot) put a tannery.  Since tanning skins involved then (as now) parts of dead animals, the smell could get pretty fierce.  The rabbis developed a concept of what we call "externialities" -- things we do that affect others.  And they come to a conclusion that Republicans in Congress still can't bring themselves to accept: that we're responsible for the harm we do to other people via pollution.

      Folks like Arthur Wascow have done a lot to make sure that in the Jewish community, this thread of the tradition gets taught and gets understood.  Arthur's writings are a bit hippier and dippier than I go for personally, but he's part of a much larger movement of people, including the Canfei Nesherim folks, who approach this from within the orthodox version of the tradition.

      "If another country builds a better car, we buy it. If they make a better wine, we drink it. If they have better healthcare . . . what's our problem? "

      by mbayrob on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 10:26:49 PM PDT

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