'You Must Not Destroy'

Thursday, January 16, 2014 |  Ryan Jones & Esti Eliraz

With today being the extra-biblical Jewish festival of Tu Bishvat, the "New Year of the Trees," it is a good time to highlight the cover story of the upcoming February 2014 issue of Israel Today Magazine.

In a special two-page feature, we interviewed Israeli Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz on why protecting the quality of the land of Israel (the local environment) is so important.

While Peretz spoke primarily to the political and environmental ramifications of keeping Israel clean and green, we also pointed out the significant religious focus on environmentalism in Judaism.

From the Bible to the Mishnah to some of modern Israel's most famous and influential rabbis, protecting the environment is baked into the religious DNA of the Jewish people.

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