Book Launch - Waste Not: A Jewish Environmental Ethic

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Hosted by

JHI Environmental Humanities Network Working Group

170 St. George Street, 1st floor, Room 100

Please join us to celebrate the book launch of

Waste Not: A Jewish Environmental Ethic

Professor Tanhum Yoreh traces the development of bal tashḥit, the Jewish prohibition against wastefulness and destruction, from its biblical origins to the contemporary environmental movement. Waste Not provides a comprehensive intellectual history of this concept, charting its evolution from the Bible through classical rabbinic literature, commentaries, codes of law, responsa, and the works of modern environmentalists.

This book supports conversations about faith, consumption and waste, and provides a foundation for understanding the prohibition as an environmental ethic for today and tomorrow.

Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the event for the significantly reduced price of $65. Cash only. Books are also available at a variety of different online sellers.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required. For more information, or if you require accommodation please contact Event Coordinator at

University co-sponsors:

Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations

Jackman Humanities Institute, Environmental Humanities Network

Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies

Multi-Faith Centre

Community co-sponsors:


Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice

Noor Cultural Centre

The Mary Ward Centre

Faith and the Common Good



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