Publications

Huffington Post:: Contributor: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-lawrence-troster

 Jewcology: Contributor: http://www.jewcology.com/blog/ltroster

“Beyond the Letter of the Law: Jewish Principles of Ethical Investing in the Light of Climate Change,” online at: http://greenfaith.org/programs/divest-and-reinvest/troster-jewish-ethical-investing-essay

“Preserving the Tree of Life: Wisdom Tradition and Jewish Sustainability Ethics,” Religions / Adyān, Issue 4, 2012. Available online at: http://www.qscience.com/toc/rels//Environment

 Mekor Hayyim: A Source Book on Water and Judaism, (New York: United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, 2012)

“Jewish Responses to Green,” in: Kim Kennedy White, editor,  America Goes Green (Santa Barbara : ABC-CLIO, 2012)

“The Other Side: A Personal Quest to Get a Heart of Wisdom,” Conservative Judaism, 63:3, Spring 2012

“Not Playing to Empty Benches: The Role of Mind in the Search for Meaning,” CCAR Journal, 59:1, Winter, 2012

“Environmental Ethics,” in: Martin Cohen, editor, The Observant Life: The Wisdom of Conservative Judaism for Contemporary Jews (New York: The Rabbinical Assembly, 2012)

“Magic, Monotheism and Natural Evil: Classical and Modern Jewish Responses to Suffering,“ in: James Haag, editor, The Routledge Companion to Religion and Science, (New York: Routledge, 2011)

“The Book of Black Fire: An Eco-Theology of Revelation,” Conservative Judaism 62:1, 2010

“Judaism,” in: Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Volume 1, The Spirit of Sustainability, edited by Willis Jenkins, (Great Barrington: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2009)

“Healing Sacred Earth in Judaism,” Sacred Journey: The Journal of Fellowship in Prayer, Volume 60, #1, Autumn 2009.

“The Promise of Creation: A Jewish Environmental Theology of Redemption,” in: Studies in Jewish Civilization 20: ‘The Mountains Shall Drip Wine’: Jews and the Environment.  Edited by Leonard J. Greenspoon, and et al. Omaha: Creighton University Press (Omaha: Creighton University Press 2009).

“Not Just a Symbol: Neil Gillman’s Theological Method and Critical Realism,” Conservative Judaism, Volume 61, Nos. 1-2, Fall/Winter 2008-2009 [This is a special issue that I guest edited honoring Neil Gillman on his retiring from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America]

“Tikkun Olam and Environmental Restoration: A Jewish Eco-Theology of Redemption,” ECO-JUDAISM – Part 2, Jewish Education News, Fall 2008. Available online: http://caje.wikispaces.com/Jewish+Education+News+Fall+2008

“God Must Love Beetles: A Jewish View of Biodiversity and the Extinction of Species,” Conservative Judaism, Volume 60:3, Spring 2008

“Caretaker or Citizen: Hans Jonas, Aldo Leopold and the Development of Jewish Environmental Ethics,” in: Hava Tirosh-Samuelson & Christian Wiese, editors, Judaism and the Phenomenon of Life: The Legacy of Hans JonasHistorical and Philosophical Studies, (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2008)

“Beyond Personal Virtue: The Road Ahead,” Sh’ma, June, 2008 Available online at: http://www.shma.com/june_08/beyond_personal_virtue.htm

Review of: Bill McKibben, The Comforting Whirlwind: God, Job and the Scale of Creation, Biblical Theology Bulletin, 38:2 (2008): 91-92

“Hearing the Outcry of Mute Things: Towards a Jewish Creation Theology,” and “Cries of Creation, Ground for Hope: Faith, Justice, and the Earth Interfaith Worship Service, [with Jane Ellen Nickell]” in: Laurel Kearns and Catherine Keller, eds., Eco-Spirit: Religions and Philosophies for the Earth, (New York: Fordham University Press, 2007).

“The Order of Creation and the Emerging God: Evolution and Divine Action in the Natural World,” in: Geoffrey Cantor & Marc Swetlitz editors, Jewish Tradition and the Challenge of Darwinism, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006)

“Knowing Creation,” “The Meaning of the Shofar,” and “U’teshuvah: An Environmental Confession,” in: Dov Peretz Elkins, editor, Rosh Hashanah Readings: Inspiration, Information, Contemplation, (Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2006)

“The Two Books of God,” Sh’ma, December, 2005. Available online at: http://www.shma.com/dec_05/two_books_god.htm

“Ten Jewish Teachings on Judaism the Environment,“  http://www.greenfaith.org/spirit/jewish-teachings.html

“The Mountain and the River Valley: Environmentalism as the Foundation of Dialogue Between Civilizations,” Proceedings of the International Conference on “Environment, Peace and the Dialogue Among Civilizations and Cultures,” May, 9-10, 2005 Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran. Published by the Department of Environment, Islamic Republic of Iran and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). A version of this is published online at http://www.resurgence.org/magazine/article2351-THE-MOUNTAIN-AND-THE-VALLEY.html

From Apologetics to New Spirituality: Trends in Jewish Environmental Theology

“The Business of Being a Rabbi,”Sh’ma, April 2004.

“Repairing the Order of Creation: A Jewish View of Environmental Ethics,” Environmental Practice: A Journal of the National Association of Environmental Professionals, 6(1), March 2004.

“Hans Jonas and the Concept of God after the Holocaust,” Conservative Judaism, 55:4, Summer, 2003.

“Cross Generational Retribution and Genetic Engineering: Reflections on Chance and Freewill,” Conservative Judaism, 54: 3, Spring, 2002.

“God, Creation and Humanity: An Environmental Interpretation of Four Biblical Texts,” Proceedings of the Rabbinical Assembly, Vol. LXIII, 2001.

“Are There Too Many Jews in the World?” at formerly at www.socialaction.com

“Cleaning Up Environmental Policies,” Sh’ma, January 2001.

“Tzedek or Triage: Restoring the Balance of Creation,” Conservative Judaism, 53:1, Fall, 2000

“An Ancient Tree Sprouts New Branches: a review of Trees, Earth and Torah: A Tu B’Shvat Anthology edited by Ari Elon, Naomi Mara Hyman & Arthur Waskow,” formerly at www.socialaction.com

“‘And for the Sin of Careless Destruction of Creation’: An Environmental Confession,” formerly at www.socialaction.com

“What are the Boundaries of Creation?:  A Jewish Analysis of Genetically Modified Foods,” formerly at www.social action.com

‘In Your Goodness , You Renew Creation’: The Creation Cycles of the Jewish Liturgy” & “The Blessings of Holiness,” in: Ecology and the Jewish Spirit: Where Nature and the Sacred Meet, edited by Ellen Bernstein,  Jewish Lights, Woodstock, VT., 1998

“From Big Bang to Omega Point: Jewish Responses to Recent Theories in Modern Cosmology,” Conservative Judaism, 49:4, Summer, 1997

“The Spiritual Suspension of Disbelief: How We Should Really Pray,” Proceedings of the Rabbinical Assembly, Vol. LVII, 1995

“Journey to the Center of the Earth: Birkat Ha-Mazon and the Quest for Holiness,” Conservative Judaism, 47:2, Winter 1995

“Jewish Roots of Environmental Concern,” Proceedings of “A Just and Sustainable Community” A Conference on Environmental Values, June 1-2, 1995

Kedushah as a Form of Environmental Awareness,” Proceedings of the Rabbinical Assembly, Vol. LIV, 1992.

“Created in the Image of God: Humanity and Divinity in an Age of Environmentalism,”  Conservative Judaism, 44:1, Fall, 1991. Reprinted in Judaism and Environmental Ethics: A Reader, edited by Martin D. Yaffe, Lexington Books, Lantham, Maryland, 2001. Reprinted also in Environmental Ethics: Divergence and Convergence, Third Edition, by Susan J. Armstrong and Richard G. Botzler, 2004. Religion and the Environment: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies, edited by Roger S. Gottlieb (New York: Routledge, 2010)

“Chaos and Creation: A Review Essay,” The Reconstructionist, Vol. LVII, No. 1, Autumn 1991. Reprinted in: Joel Lurie Grishaver, Learn Torah With… 1994-1995 Torah Annual: A Collection of the Year’s Best Torah – Year 5755, (Los Angeles: Aleph Design Group: 1996)

“To the Mountain: A Rationale for the Mitzvot in Three Parts,” Conservative Judaism, 41:3, Spring, 1989

“Making Theological Room for Others: A Jewish Perspective,” Ecumenism, No. 94, June 1989

“The Love of God and the Anthropic Principle,” Conservative Judaism, 40:2, Winter, 1987

“The Definition of Evil in Post-Holocaust Theology,” Conservative Judaism, 39:1, Fall, 1986

“Asymmetry, Negative Entropy and the Problem of Evil,” Judaism, 34:4, Fall, 1985

“No Other God’s Before Me,” Viewpoints, Vol. XIII, Number 4, March 1985.

“Kayla’s Prayer,” Conservative Judaism, 37:4, Summer 1984. Reprinted in: Wrestling With the Angel: Jewish Insights on Death and Mourning, edited by Jack Reimer, Schocken Books, New York, 1995; Anita Diamant, Saying Kaddish, Schocken Books, New York, 1998; Nina Beth Cardin, The Tapestry of Jewish Time, Behrman House, Springfield, NJ, 2000.

“Therapy or Engineering: Jewish Responses to Genetic Research,” The Reconstructionist, Vol. XLIX, No. 6, April-May 1984

“Fragments of a Faith Remembered,” Conservative Judaism, 35: 2, Winter 1982

 

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