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To what extent may Jews use natural resources

The tragedy of the commons is a concept that if you have a (generally natural) finite resource with everyone having access to it, it will eventually get overused. My question is, to what extent are ...
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Animal charities donations in Hilchos Tzedakah

Is it permissible to give Maaser money (or for that matter, a large sum of spontaneous Tzedakah), to an animal protection or endangered species charity? Would this be considered foolish spending or a ...
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On Chol Ha'moed, can you rinse containers before recycling them?

Background Most cities ask that you rinse all bottles, cans, and containers before you recycle them. Why? Because these items may get bounced around during transport and processing. If these items ...
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Does rain purify the earth in a similar way we use water for spiritual purification rituals or does the purification require a human element?

Judaism has different rituals around water and purification. A simple example is washing of the hands after a funeral or cemetery visitation. My question is this. Water is used for purification. Is ...
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Shutting lights off during Chol Ha'moed, to save electricity

Preface During Shabbat, Orthodox Jewish practice is to avoid turning lights on or off. Perhaps turning lights on or off is a form of melacha. On Chol Ha'moed, melacha is sometimes, but not always, ...
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Sources and digest about recycling “light” shaimos (e.g. newspaper divrei Torah)

Star-K advises on “shaimos”: NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES AND TAPES Newspapers and magazines which contain secular information should not be put into shaimos as they degrade the real shaimos that are buried ...
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Environmentally friendly tithe disposal

Being born in the galut, I'm not well acquainted with the laws of tithing. However, I'll need to spend some time in Israel, therefore I started to read about it. As OU's guide says, one should wrap ...
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Can you shop at a church-owned thrift store? [closed]

Can you shop at a second-hand shop owned by a church, such as a Salvation Army thrift store? Please cite sources.
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Could the world be destroyed due to environmental causes?

Some Environmentalists claim that our irresponsibility may/will result in, eventually, the destruction of life as we know it, due to global flooding and superstorms, or any other number of doomsday ...
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Should Jews be environmentalists? [duplicate]

Do we have a religious obligation to take care of the environment, and if so how far does it extend? Should I spend money to decrease my carbon footprint?
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Is Earth a gift from Hakadosh Baruch Hu?

I have always been confused by the entrustment of the earth to Adam. Is the earth a gift, or do we merely have stewardship? Do any rabbbanim state an opinion, particularly whether any Acharonim weigh ...
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Torah view on conservation and recycling

It may seem obvious that we should 'look after' the world that Hashem gives us but is it considered a mitzvah to involve oneself in nature conservation and/or recycling?
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Cutting Vines in Halacha

Halacha does not allow one to cut down a Fruit Bearing tree. Does this apply to a Grape Vine too?
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driving non-hybrid cars

Is it assur (forbidden) to drive a non-hybrid vehicle if you can afford a hybrid vehicle?
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