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Author Yoreh, Tanhum, author.

Title Waste not : a Jewish environmental ethic / Tanhum S. Yoreh
Published Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, [2019]


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 291 pages)
Contents Classical rabbinic texts -- Bible and biblical commentaries -- Codes and their cognates -- Responsa
Summary Traces the development of bal tashḥit, the Jewish prohibition against wastefulness and destruction, from its biblical origins to the contemporary environmental movement. Bal tashḥit, the Jewish prohibition against wastefulness and destruction, is considered to be an ecological ethical principle by contemporary Jewish environmentalists. Waste Not provides a comprehensive intellectual history of this concept, charting its evolution from the Bible through classical rabbinic literature, commentaries, codes of law, responsa, and the works of modern environmentalists. Tanhum S. Yoreh uses the methodology of tradition histories to identify pivotal moments in the development of the prohibition--in particular, its transition into an economic framework. He finds that bal tashḥit's earliest stages of conceptualization connect the prohibition against wastefulness with avoidance of self-harm. This connection is commonplace within contemporary environmental thought and a universalizing Jewish principle with important contributions to be made to Jewish and general societal ecological discourse. This narrative provides a foundation for understanding bal tashḥit as an environmental ethic for today and tomorrow. -- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Tanhum S. Yoreh is Assistant Professor at the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto
Print version record
Subject Human ecology -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Bal tashḥit (Jewish law)
Food -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Environmental protection -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Environmental law (Jewish law)
Theological anthropology -- Judaism -- History of doctrines
Environmental ethics.
Rabbinical literature -- History and criticism
Environmental protection -- Religious aspects -- Judaism
Bal tashḥit (Jewish law)
Environmental ethics
Environmental law (Jewish law)
Food -- Religious aspects -- Judaism
Human ecology -- Religious aspects -- Judaism
Rabbinical literature
Theological anthropology -- Judaism -- History of doctrines
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781438476711