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David Seidenberg

Ecohasid meets Rambam Apply for a Blog Sep 17, 2019, 4:25 PM Featured Post A week of reckoning: Israel’s elections and the climate strike As resources dry up due to rising temperatures conflict will inevitably grow -- now is the time to plan and wean off of Big Oil Sep 13, 2019, 12:25 PM Sending the mother bird: a window into the soul of Judaism What is our responsibility toward other species? What are their rights? And how can they thrive alongside us? The Torah portion of Ki Teitzei includes an extraordinary mitzvah that has been the ground for intense debate related to questions... Aug 27, 2019, 11:52 PM What’s wrong with dual loyalty? Trump and I finally agree on something, sort of. It’s not anything Trump said of course, but rather what Trump implied. He said, “I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total... Aug 16, 2019, 3:22 PM Featured Post ‘No Lives Matter’ Trump bragged that he could commit murder in broad daylight and win; perhaps we shouldn't be surprised at the loss of life on the border Jul 29, 2019, 8:39 PM Scoundrels of integrity: Comey, Mueller, and Zechariah ben Avkulas Mueller and Comey. Two men of integrity who against their best efforts and intentions may take their place among effectuators of what could be the most irresponsible and deadly administration in the history of the republic. Comey, by releasing... Jul 23, 2019, 12:41 PM Moonprint +50 On this day of July 23 fifty years ago, Apollo 11’s three astronauts were hurtling homeward. The day before, the Columbia command module had slung itself back towards Earth using the Moon’s gravity. Two-plus* days before that, Neil Armstrong... Jul 15, 2019, 10:09 PM America’s (least trusty) Rabbi? AOC v. Boteach The raging debate over the past two weeks about concentration camps, and the outrage vented at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by forces in the Jewish establishment, illustrates how the self-appointed keepers of the Holocaust are failing, miserably, at the task... Jun 27, 2019, 8:48 AM The case for calling them ‘concentration camps’ Before you decide that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is violating the memory of the Holocaust by calling the extra-legal prisons holding immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers "concentration camps" -- please read this. I too had a visceral feeling that this language was... Jun 11, 2019, 10:35 AM Featured Post Roger Waters claims Israeli fans nixed peace. It’s a lie. Waters often tells of 60,000 concert goers pivoting from ecstatic cheers to sullen silence. A recording tells a very different story Mar 29, 2019, 10:57 AM Why mammals with split hooves? Leviticus 11 gives us lists and characteristics of kosher animals – mammals, birds, fish and insects. Mammals must be ruminants with split hooves. Why? The answer is pretty straightforward, if you're thinking ecologically. How so? Almost every religion arises in and... Load more About Me Rabbi David Seidenberg is the creator of, author of Kabbalah and Ecology (Cambridge U. Press, 2015), and a scholar of Jewish thought. He teaches around the world and also leads astronomy programs. As a liturgist, David is well-known for pieces like the prayer for voting and the translation of Laments. David also teaches nigunim and is an avid dancer. He was ordained by both JTS and Reb Zalman.