I spent last weekend at the first ever Jewish Intentional Communities Conference, which was cosponsored by Hazon and the Pearlstone Retreat Center. It was very inspiring to see the many unique intentional communities in the works at the moment, and the conference gave me hope that I could one day live a rich and rural Jewish life. But my busy weekend left me no time to write a post so here's some interesting articles and media that have been floating around.
Intentional communities initiative aims to put Jews back in touch...
I thought I’d start us off with this piece about the conference.
Intentional communities are residential collectives designed to incorporate a high level of social interconnectedness, often organized around a particular cause or spiritual orientation. Examples include Israeli kibbutzim, communes, eco-villages and co-housing arrangements…A number of Jewish versions have sprung up across the country in recent…
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DIY shechita: Kosher Slaughter in the Backyard
Check out this fascinating JTA article featuring yours truly. btw My position on the subject of DIY shechita is more nuanced than what might be gleaned from the article.
ASHLAND, Ore. (JTA) — It’s a crisp fall day in southern Oregon and Josh Shupack, 32, is gently whispering in a chicken’s ear. “We’re going to return your soul to heaven, your blood to the earth,” he says, petting the bird’s bright red comb......
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Deconstructing Kosher Slaughter Part 2: The Basics
Allot of people seemed to of missed last weeks post, which is one of my most important and informative to date, so I've decided to give anybody who missed it another chance to check it out.
To make kosher meat, the first thing you need is a knife. But not just any knife will do; you need something called a chalef. The name chalef comes from the word lehachlif, which means “to change or transform.”......
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11 Foods That Feature Cartoon Animals Killing Themselves This is a funny series of pictures that also speaks volumes about animals and meat eating in our society.
3. The pig and the fish.
I'm thinking this is some kind of murder-suicide pact. I think the pig takes out the catfish then burns himself, but that's really baseless speculation...... Click here to see the full piece……
Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change.
Check out this absolutely amazing TED talk enumerating how meat production can actually reverse climate change.
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