Jewish Values in Spring Discovery Walks

Jewish values in natureI love walking the perimeter of our yard with the grand kids to look for signs of spring. And they learn where to look for new flower buds, catkins dropping from birch tree branches, and wriggly worms.

Even our toddler noticed lots of “daffindils” in the park.

And our 5-year-old can go on treks with me, like the one we took around a lake last week. He spotted turtles sunning on a log; we heard peeps of baby birds off in the brush; and he saw a piece of litter that we took with us to throw away. (Do you know the song “If You See a Piece of Litter, Pick It Up?” His teacher would have been very pleased that the song turned into action.)

Jewish Values in Nature

So when I saw this lovely post from Lisa at Grandma’s Briefs, I had to share it: http://www.grandmasbriefs.com/home/4-spring-walks-to-take-with-grandkids.html

She talks about walks focused on babies (squirrels, birds, deer); buds on trees, shrubs; flower finding; and litter pickin’.

Love of nature – the need to protect the environment – taking care of land: all these are found abundantly in our heritage.

Judaism and the Environment

Jewish values about nature

To delve further into specifics, check out these articles:

“Jewish Views on the Environment”  tells the classic Talmud story about Choni who saw a man planting a carob tree which would take 70 years to mature. Why, Choni asks, would that man take the time? His answer – for his children.

“Ten Jewish Teachings on Judaism and the Environment” talks about how “everything we own, everything we use, ultimately belongs to God.”

“Scouting values are Jewish values,” explores the similarities between Scouting’s emphasis on nature and conservation and Jewish values. The author talks about the value of bal taschit, “do not destroy,” which focuses on preserving all in nature, respecting and protecting the environment, including animal life.

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