31 episodes

Torah for the Earth is a podcast series that provides ecologically-centered commentary on the weekly Torah portion. Each week, the listener will be provided with a short and impactful audio essay that aims to relate messages contained within the weekly parashah with contemporary, ecological challenges. The podcast is hosted by Charlie Forbes, a scholar in the academic field of Religion and Ecology, who has an interest in exploring the scriptural foundations of religious traditions and their relationship to environmental teachings and practices. By systematically evaluating the Torah, this podcast aspires to illustrate that an understanding of the natural environment is fundamental to Jewish thought and philosophy, and integral to an appreciation of Jewish religious life.

This podcast is one component of the larger Transformational Media program run by an education-based non-profit organization (501c3) called the Deep Water Initiative. The Torah for the Earth Podcast and Audio Essays are Copyrighted to Charles Scott Forbes Jr, 2019.

Torah for the Earth Charlie Forbes

    • Religion & Spirituality
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Torah for the Earth is a podcast series that provides ecologically-centered commentary on the weekly Torah portion. Each week, the listener will be provided with a short and impactful audio essay that aims to relate messages contained within the weekly parashah with contemporary, ecological challenges. The podcast is hosted by Charlie Forbes, a scholar in the academic field of Religion and Ecology, who has an interest in exploring the scriptural foundations of religious traditions and their relationship to environmental teachings and practices. By systematically evaluating the Torah, this podcast aspires to illustrate that an understanding of the natural environment is fundamental to Jewish thought and philosophy, and integral to an appreciation of Jewish religious life.

This podcast is one component of the larger Transformational Media program run by an education-based non-profit organization (501c3) called the Deep Water Initiative. The Torah for the Earth Podcast and Audio Essays are Copyrighted to Charles Scott Forbes Jr, 2019.

    Parashat Bamidbar

    Parashat Bamidbar

    Topics Include: The role of wilderness after the exodus, the nature and culture divide, and the ecological lesson in the prohibition against counting directly

    For a full transcript, please click the following link:
    https://www.dwinitiative.org/news/categories/untitled-category

    To follow this series weekly, please subscribe to the Deep Water Initiative mailing list on our website.

    The Torah for the Earth Podcast and Audio Essays are Copyrighted to Charles Scott Forbes Jr, 2019.

    • 12 min
    Parashat Behar-Bechukotai

    Parashat Behar-Bechukotai

    Topics Include: The relationship between the Sabbath, Shemittah, and Yovel; the tendency of the natural world to move towards greater complexity; and, how forms of human action can disrupt the balance of the natural world

    For a full transcript, please click the following link:
    https://www.dwinitiative.org/news/categories/untitled-category

    To follow this series weekly, please subscribe to the Deep Water Initiative mailing list on our website.

    The Torah for the Earth Podcast and Audio Essays are Copyrighted to Charles Scott Forbes Jr, 2019.

    • 12 min
    Parashat Emor

    Parashat Emor

    Topics Include: Speech and its relationship to environmentalism, the animal soul and ‘optional’ potentiality, and honoring all of creation through activism

    For a full transcript, please click the following link:
    https://www.dwinitiative.org/news/categories/untitled-category

    To follow this series weekly, please subscribe to the Deep Water Initiative mailing list on our website.

    The Torah for the Earth Podcast and Audio Essays are Copyrighted to Charles Scott Forbes Jr, 2019.

    • 13 min
    Parashat Acharei-Kedoshim

    Parashat Acharei-Kedoshim

    Topics Include: Finding a balance between our spiritual and material obligations, communal and individual varieties of atonement, loving one’s fellow, and the environmental intendment that are innate to mitzvot

    For a full transcript, please click the following link:
    https://www.dwinitiative.org/news/categories/untitled-category

    To follow this series weekly, please subscribe to the Deep Water Initiative mailing list on our website.

    The Torah for the Earth Podcast and Audio Essays are Copyrighted to Charles Scott Forbes Jr, 2019.

    • 12 min
    Parashat Tazria-Metzora

    Parashat Tazria-Metzora

    Topics Include: The Hebrew word for blood (dam) in both Adam (the first human) and adamah (earth), the eco-theological relationship between human blood and the blood of the earth, and how the laws of chukim can help us rethink material healing

    For a full transcript, please click the following link:
    https://www.dwinitiative.org/news/categories/untitled-category

    To follow this series weekly, please subscribe to the Deep Water Initiative mailing list on our website.

    The Torah for the Earth Podcast and Audio Essays are Copyrighted to Charles Scott Forbes Jr, 2019.

    • 13 min
    Parashat Shemini

    Parashat Shemini

    Topics Include: The category of chukim and the kosher laws, the parallel between dietary restrictions and spiritual development, and eating sustainably to live a healthy spiritual life.

    For a full transcript, please click the following link:
    https://www.dwinitiative.org/news/categories/untitled-category

    To follow this series weekly, please subscribe to the Deep Water Initiative mailing list on our website.

    The Torah for the Earth Podcast and Audio Essays are Copyrighted to Charles Scott Forbes Jr, 2019.

    • 14 min

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