Contributor Archives: Daniel Orenstein

About Daniel Orenstein

Daniel Orenstein, Ph.D., is a visiting fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies and Ameinu representative on the Jewish National Fund USA Board of Trustees.

Zionism / What are we doing here?


The Accidental Zionist: What a Priest, a Pornographer and a Wrestler Named Chainsaw Taught Me about being Jewish, Saving the World and Why Israel Matters to Both,

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Wake Up and Smell the Planet


WHAT DO WE DO NOW? Wake Up and Smell the Planet: The Non-Pompous, Non-Preachy Grist Guide to Greening Your Day by Mountaineers Books, 175 pages, $15 (paperback) Ready, Set, Green: Eight Weeks to Modern Eco-Living by Graham Hill and Meghan O’Neill Villard, 240 pages, $15 (paperback) Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Life by Ed Begley, Jr. Clarkson Potter, 240 pages, $18 (paperback) An Oscar for “An Inconvenient Truth” and a Nobel Prize are …

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The City’s Big Green Secret

       Another month has passed, and another proposal for a new ecological community in the Negev has been released. The routine is familiar:   A well-meaning individual or group wants to rekindle the Zionist passion for settlement with a modern flair. This time a businessman wants to create a community for high-tech entrepreneurs to live and work in. The settlement will be ecologically cutting-edge, and designed to fit in with the landscape. But once again, the initiators have ignored all …

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Judaism’s Green Roots

By Daniel Orenstein An exciting Jewish environmental movement has been developing in recent years, with its foundations firmly established in tradition and modern environmental knowledge. The latest rung in this developing ladder is the publication of a new book by Jeremy Benstein, associate director of the Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership. “A Way Into Judaism and the Environment” is an exploration that weaves Jewish texts, from the ancient to the modern, and …

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