Resources and Articles by Gabe Goldman
Dr. Gabe Goldman is the Director of The JENE Institute for Jewish Environmental and Nature Educators, and the founder of the National Consortium of JENE Institutions. JENE, pronounced as "genie" is the
field of education that integrates the teaching of Jewish values with ancient wilderness living skills and Jewish ecological wisdom.
Judaism and the Environment:
The Seven Species (Shevat HaMinim)
Let's take a look at the seven species of agricultural produce that symbolize the fertility of Israel. These seven species are wheat, barley, grapevines, figs, pomegranates, olives and honey (from dates). Take a look at a few of the special characteristics of each of these. I would like to thank Ellen Frankel and Betsy Platkin Teutsch for their excellent work in compiling The Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols (Jason Aronson, Inc., 1992) from which I culled the following information.
Judaism and the Environment