This is not a drill: The climate change emergency demands a Jewish response

 

September 17, 2021



“Who shall live and who shall die … who by water and who by fire … who by earthquake and who by plague …”

(JTA) — Twenty years ago, people cried when they said these words on Rosh Hashanah, six days after the attacks of Sept. 11. The ancient words suddenly held intense contemporary force.

Twenty years later we are being bombarded by climate-related disasters, one after another — each year worse than the last — and again our ancient machzor, the High Holidays prayerbook — carries fresh, urgent force for all of us.  

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