Parashat Re'eh

Time to Clean Up

As we work to clean up the places we live, we pray for Jerusalem to return to her splendor.

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Obviously this is an important teaching for anyone living in Israel, and especially those living in Jerusalem. But God's presence is everywhere, in greater and lesser levels of concealment. Wherever we are we can work to limit pollution and litter, and to do so with a consciousness that it is God's world that we are caring for.

If we are far from Jerusalem, when we work to clean up the place where we do live, we can pray that Jerusalem will return to her splendor and show externally the incredible beauty and holiness inherent in our Holy City.

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Rabbi Akiva Wolff is director of the environmental responsibility unit of the Center for Business Ethics in Jerusalem. He also teaches environmental management at the Jerusalem College of Technology--Machon Lev.