Tradition teaches that we are partners with God in creation and expected to be stewards of the environment, and this responsibility is not limited to dry land. With the current threats of climate change, sea level rise, over-fishing, plastic pollution, ocean acidification and much more, this session explored the relationship between Judaism and the environment and specifically, the marine environment. Utilizing classical source texts, this session examined our connection to the sea and the profound spiritual nature of water and how the current practices of exploitation of natural resources balance/conflict with fundamental ethical Jewish values. Whether your Hillel is on the ocean, a river, lake, stream, pond or the desert, we are all interconnected physically and spiritually with the Sea.
The inaugural issue of "Tikkun HaYam: Repair the Sea", an initiative of Eckerd College Hillel, was published to raise awareness of threats facing marine environments and share the spiritual wonders of the ocean from a Jewish perspective.