Climate change and protecting the environment is one of the most pressing issues in the world today – and, at least anecdotally, it seems that many Orthodox Jews are behind the curve when it comes to taking it seriously. They likely have good reasons for this, including doubts about its reality, prioritizing other issues that appear more pressing or important, questions about the politics and political background of those who are at the forefront of calling for action, the assumption that nothing substantive can be done at all, and an ingrained tendency to work primarily on internal Jewish issues rather than on universal human concerns.
Rabbi Barry Kornblau, however, is sounding the alarm and asserts that ignoring this oncoming freight train is both foolish and a violation of Torah norms. In this episode, Scott speaks with Rabbi Kornblau about what has happened, what should be done, and why Torah Jews must finally take climate change seriously.
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