The “Stones” Text: JOFEE Interpretations

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The “Stones” text (Talmud Bavli, Masekhet Bava Kama 50b) is one of the foundational texts of Hazon, and perhaps of the entire Jewish ecological movement. “This text provides no answers. But it poses important questions, and establishes a framework for relating to a range of contemporary issues through the prism of Jewish tradition,” wrote Nigel Savage about the Talmudic teaching in the 2007 publication Food for Thought. Here are three takes on a curriculum designed around this text.

NOTE: The “Stones” text itself is necessary for all of these curricula. Click here to access the “Stones” text.

“Throwing Stones or Throwing Flowers” is a program prepared by Shani Mink which features hands-on, “public domain nurturing” activities in addition to an in-depth discussion of the text itself. Intended for students or adults. Click here to access this resource.

“Stone Wall” is a program prepared by Eli Goldstein which features a theatrical take on the text. Intended for young adults. Click here to access this resource.

“Bringing the Stones into the 21st Century” is a program prepared by Nicole Cruz which focuses on the idea of community and how it relates to the “stones” text. Intended for adults. Click here to access this resource.

These resources were created as part of the JOFEE Fellowship.