Kabbalah and Ecology

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 6, 2015 - Philosophy - 397 pages
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Kabbalah and Ecology is a groundbreaking book that resets the conversation about ecology and the Abrahamic traditions. David Mevorach Seidenberg challenges the anthropocentric reading of the Torah, showing that a radically different orientation to the more-than-human world of nature is not only possible, but that it also leads to a more accurate interpretation of scripture, rabbinic texts, Maimonides, and Kabbalah. Deeply grounded in traditional texts and fluent with the physical sciences, this book proposes not only a new understanding of God's image but also a new direction to restore religion - to its senses and to a more alive relationship with the more than human, with nature and with divinity.
 

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Contents

Jewish ecological thought and the challenge
1
Tselem Elohim Gods Image in Midrash and commentary
43
the body
76
Tselem dignity and the infinite value of the other
110
humans animals and other subjectivities
129
moral fellowship with animals and beyond
143
the Sefirot the soul
175
the morethanhuman
208
the stature of all beings
281
from Kabbalah to ecotheology
312
Further theological reflections
332
A new ethos a new ethics
341
Nefesh and related terms
354
The Sefirot the Tree of Life and a brief history
360
Abbreviated titles
370
Index of scriptural verses
388

Gaia Adam Qadmon and Maimonides
266

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About the author (2015)

David Mevorach Seidenberg received his doctoral degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary for his work on ecology and Kabbalah and was ordained by both the Jewish Theological Seminary and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. He also studied physics and mathematics at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, educational philosophy at Harvard University, Massachusetts, and social ecology at the Institute for Social Ecology, Vermont. He teaches Jewish thought in Europe, Israel and throughout North America, in communities and universities, and through his organization, neohasid.org, focusing on ecology and spirituality, Talmud, Maimonides, Kabbalah and Hasidic thought; on embodied Torah, dance and nigunim (Hasidic song); and on ecological and environmental ethics. In addition to scholarly articles, he was a contributing editor of the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, and his writing has been featured in The Jewish Daily Forward, Huffington Post, The Times of Israel, and the Los Angeles Jewish Journal.