Passover is the perfect holiday for going green.
Rabbi Waskow of Baltimore sees connections between the history of Passover and today's modern environmental movement.
In 2008, Rabbi Waskow wrote for The Washington Post saying, "If in our generation we were to broaden Passover to celebrate its earthiness, we would be renewing some of its most ancient meanings — even before the Exodus. For close reading of the Bible (especially Lev. 23: 4-8 and Num. 28: 16-17) makes clear that there were originally two earthy festivals at the full moon of spring: One was the shepherds’ festival involving the sacrificial broiling of newborn lambs and a shepherds’ skipping, stumbling dance called ‘pesach — skip-over’ that imitates the skipping, stumbling newborn lambs. The other was the farmers’ festival of the spring barley harvest, celebrated by baking the simplest, most primordial of all breads, the unleavened matzot of flour, water, fire — scouring out all yeast, all rising from their homes."
So why not take an opportunity to green your Pesach?... read more