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Humanity’s Role in Creation

Rabbi Lawrence Troster, the Rabbinic Advisor for Hazon, the largest Jewish environmental organization in the American Jewish Community, and Rabbinic Scholar-in-Residence for GreenFaith, the interfaith environmental coalition in New Jersey, explains the four different models in his view exist in the Hebrew Bible about the human relationship to Creation. These are:

- The Caretaker: where humans are viewed as stewards of Creation on behalf of God.

- The Farmer: where humans work and serve the land as the source of all humanity's life-giving sustenance.

- The Citizen: where humans are considered part of a Creation community in which they are

"citizens and not conquerors."

- The Creature: where humans have neither primacy nor even a special place in God's eyes.

To read the article please search online for Four Biblical Voices on our Relationship to Creation

I think these four models explaining our role in God’s Creation highlight the sacredness and privilege of being stewards of it. Sadly, we have become instead tyrants and victimizers as it shows in our relationship to other humans and God’s animals. I truly believe there is still hope for humanity if we realize soon that a path of compassion and love is conducive to healing and reconciliation. Only then we can call ourselves good stewards of God’s Creation.

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