Fall is here—the leaves are changing and it’s back to school season. This time of year always feels like the “real” start to the year. Coincidentally, it’s when the Jewish High Holidays begin, the New Year, Rosh Hashanah, followed by Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. What does this have to do with climate change? Well, Jews have been on an annual rhythm of “repentance, prayer, and charity” for millennia. Perhaps the High Holidays have something to teach us about how to build a pattern of individual and collective assessment, reflection, and action?
Ben turns to Tamar, host of a climate Torah Study podcast, to get a High Holidays 101 lesson, and to help unpack the symbolism of the holidays in the context of a climate crisis. They reflect on how holidays can awaken our motivation, how disasters affect communities, and they compare the Book of Life to regular IPCC reports.
Tamar Libicki is a mother and fan of green energy, habitat restoration, regenerative agriculture, and Torah study. She hosts the "Ḥoni's Circle" podcast along with Rabbi Paula Rose, which is a project of Congregation Beth Shalom and Ahavat v'Avodat haAdamah.
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Post-show notes addendum
Here’s a few things I’m currently reading, listening to, or otherwise thinking about at the moment.
The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future. Arthur (from Episode 1) and I are reading more about climate infrastructure, starting with diving in to the grid. If you want to join along, we’ll be reading about ~3 chapters a week.
Vaclav Smil’s, How the World Really Works.
How to accelerate rooftop solar & household batteries in the US on Volts. The CEO of Sunrun gives a great teardown of the US residential solar industry. I found this to be a really illuminating conversation about all the issues affecting our pace of solar deployment.
We’re finally getting going with back to school! Kids are settling in and it’s lovely to get back in to some routine. While I love summer—the energy, travel, and pace, I’m feeling grateful for some routine and consistency.