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  •  Depends on how you read it. (2+ / 0-)
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    Different religions have devised several different ways of interpreting the Bible, and, in fact many if not most are greatly attenuated from the literal statements made in certain English translations of the Bible.

    Judaism in general, and Jewish Renewal in particular (the denomination that is running the convention the guy is attending), are committed to environmentalism as a religious tenet as part of "tikkun olam" or repairing the world, which finds its origins in the teachings of the rabbis, not in the Bible.

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    by Attorney at Arms on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 10:27:55 PM PDT

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    •  Tikun Olam (0+ / 0-)

      Or more specifically, Tikun HaOlam (the "Ha" prefix is equivalent to the English "The"), appears in the Mishnah in Gittin. It actually refers to changes that the rabbis made in Jewish law in order to better society, not to environmental issues.

      Environmental protection is absolutely consistent with traditional Judaism. But the source for it is not from Tikun HaOlam.

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      by charliehall on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 07:20:40 AM PDT

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