How spirituality can help us solve the climate crisis, according to Rabbi Yonatan Neril

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Rabbi Yonatan Neril, founder of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development and author of the "Eco Bible" series.

The climate crisis is the fault of no single person or country, but rather a widespread ideology of materialism and overwhelming lack of compassion for the natural world. What’s worse—the crisis is intensifying each year.

These are some of the themes espoused by Rabbi Yonatan Neril, the founder and director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development in Jerusalem, and the author of the Eco Bible series of books, which offer spiritual commentary on the Torah. In his telling, we need a spiritual transformation to reconnect with the world and stop suppressing the issue to confront it with more force.

Ahead of Tu b’Shevat, and a few weeks after the United Nations’ COP 28 climate conference, Not That Kind of Rabbi host Ralph Benmergui, who’s working on a book about how climate as a spiritual crisis, sat down with Rabbi Neril to better understand the deep connection between spirituality, Judaism and our natural world—and where we go from here.

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