Torah flora and fauna hike

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Jewish environmental education is a natural extension of any scout, religious school, youth group or adult outdoor activity. Many basic concepts of ecology can be found in the T’NaCh and other Jewish religious writings. The use of Jewish texts and stories adds a new dimension to the generic hike

Jewish environmental education inspires participants to learn by listening, experimenting, discussing, playing, and doing! Jewish Environmental Education teaches Jewish texts and customs that promote an understanding of human interaction with nature and advances understanding of ecology and Judaism together.

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  • Many times the religious aspects of Scouting becomes lost in the outdoors skills. The treasures found within the religious texts are underused and many times forgotten.
  • What is the answer, you ask? Why, it's a tree of course, since when its top is removed, it can be made into a moving ship.
  • Torah flora and fauna hike

    1. 1. Torah Flora and Fauna Hike<br />A Scripture Based Hike<br />
    2. 2. Objectives:<br />To acquaint participants with many facets of ecology found in the T’NaCh (Bible), Jewish stories and other Jewish religious writings.<br />
    3. 3. Objectives:<br />To familiarize participants with ecological concepts such as “leave no trace” and preservation and that everything within the ecosystem has purpose.<br />
    4. 4. Concepts<br />Jewish environmental education is a natural extension of any Scout activity. <br /> <br />
    5. 5. Many basic environmental concepts can be found in the T’NaCh (Bible) and other Jewish religious writings. The use of Jewish texts and stories adds a new dimension to the generic hike<br />
    6. 6. Jewish environmental education inspires participants to learn by listening, experimenting, discussing, playing, and doing! <br />
    7. 7. Know Thy Stuff<br />The focus of the Torah Flora and Fauna Hike will be based primarily on Jewish sources and the facilitator should be fully familiar with the texts before beginning.<br />
    8. 8. Riddle Me A Jewish Riddle<br />Riddles are an ancient Jewish form of entertainment which can successfully be used as motivators and attention-getters during the hike. <br />
    9. 9. The Queen of Sheba Riddled King Solomon<br />Without movement while living, <br />it moves when its head is cut off.<br />
    10. 10. Blessings of the Day and Event<br />Begin the Torah Flora and Fauna Hike with a prayer or thought to set the tone and mood.<br />
    11. 11. In the Beginning<br />In the beginning Hashem created the Heavens and the Earth.<br />Who knows what the Hebrew word shamayim means? <br />
    12. 12. Environmentalist Challenge<br />Genesis 1:26 states:<br />“They shall rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the cattle, the whole earth, and all the creeping things that creep on earth.”<br />
    13. 13. Questions<br />What does it mean to “master” and “rule” the earth? <br />Does this mean that humans are absolute rulers of creation, within their rights to do whatever they like with the earth?<br />
    14. 14. Why was man created last in the order of Creation?<br />Our Rabbis taught: Adam was created on the eve of Shabbat. Why? in order that, if a person becomes conceited, we tell him: A mosquito was created before you. <br />
    15. 15. What Can We Learn from Nature?<br />You need only ask the beasts, and they will teach you; <br />The birds of the sky, and they will tell you; <br />Or speak with the earth, and it will teach you; <br />And the fish of the sea will tell you stories.<br />Job 12:7-9<br />
    16. 16. The world is filled with wonder and marvelous things to explore. Does anyone know any Jewish prayers about nature?<br />
    17. 17. The world has much beauty and as we hike we appreciate the wonders of nature. What can we do to preserve these for our children?<br />
    18. 18. Throughout Judaism we learn respect, preservation and protection of the world around us. Every action we take should be to consider the effects upon the environment. <br />
    19. 19. Stories Along the Way<br />Stop every so often, gather the Scouts around and share a story or two.<br />
    20. 20. When G-d created the first human beings, G-d led them around the garden of Eden and said: "Look at my works! See how beautiful they are. How Excellent! For your sake, I created them all. See to it that you do not spoil and destroy My world: for, if you do, there will be no one else to repair it.<br />KohellethRabbah on 7:13<br />
    21. 21. How can we protect and preserve the works of G-d?<br />
    22. 22. End the Torah Flora and Fauna Hike by asking the group to reflect on the following teaching of Rabbi AvrahamYeshuaHeschel in light of what they have experienced up to this point: <br />"There are three ways in which we may relate ourselves to the world - we may exploit it, we may enjoy it, we may accept it in awe." <br />

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