Judaism teachings on Stewardship

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Jewish Stewardship

STEWARDSHIP: Looking after something so it can be passed on to the next generation.

In the story of Genesis, God gave humans the right to rule over the Earth. It gives humans control over animals and plants, but with this control comes responsibility.

Jews follow the mitzvot  (Jewish commandments) which state:

  • In every town there must be an area of of open land which cannot be used in anyway, not even for growing crops
  • Jews must never destroy things of the Earth that are useful
  • Jews must not plant or harvest crops every 50 years to give the land a chance to recharge it's batteries.

The Tenakh ad Talmud teach about sharing. Jews there believe resources should be shared evenly throughout the world.

On the day of judgement Jews believe they will be judged by God on how well they have cared for the Earth.

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eitan

your "in every town there must be an area of of open land which cannot be used in anyway, not even for growing crops" part sounds interesting - never heard it before. do you know the source for that?

eitan

Y'KNOW THEY CANT PLANT EVERY SEVEN YEARS AND EVERY FIFTY YEARS!

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