15 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

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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 Vezot Haberachah

    Parashat Vezot Haberachah

    Topics Include: Achdut and the unity of Israel, the Land as a “holobiont,” and the relationality of tribal blessings in the spatial equilibrium of nested ecosystems

    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.

    • 8 min
    Parashat Ha'Azinu

    Parashat Ha'Azinu

    Topics Include: The wisdom of Torah watering the seeds of life, song as liberatory moments, and defending the harmony of creation

    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.

    • 11 min
    Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech

    Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech

    Topics Include: Selichot and the New Year for the Animals, responsibility and standing together as a community, Shmita and an ecological consciousness

    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.

    • 10 min
    Parashat Ki Tavo

    Parashat Ki Tavo

    Topics Include: Giving away some of our labor as a form of thanksgiving, the transformation of “strategic weakness,” and living in service of the Land

    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.

    • 10 min
    Parashat Ki Teitzei

    Parashat Ki Teitzei

    Topics Include: Sending away a mother bird, considerate foraging practices, and avoiding the “second death” of nature

    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.

    • 11 min
    Parashat Shoftim

    Parashat Shoftim

    Topics Include: Promotion of the law and nature imagery, the biblical commandment of Bal Tashchit, and devoting oneself to embodied change as a form of environmental justice

    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.

    • 10 min

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