The Splendor of Creation
"Ellen Bernstein's THE SPLENDOR OF CREATION is a book of remarkable insight based on her life-long commitment to the environment. Her skillful and poetic reading of Genesis through the lens of the elements makes for engaging reading. Moreover, she ignites what is sorely needed at present, namely a creative reciprocity with the Earth and its gifts. We are all in her debt."
Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker,
Harvard Forum on Religion and Ecology
"Our thanks to Ellen Bernstein, birth-mother of the Jewish environmental movement, for this very personal book. Bernstein seamlessly weaves together Genesis and contemporary environmental awareness, forming a union in which each of these turns out to be the deeper meaning of the other. A very honest, down-to-earth, and sometimes profound reflection."
Rabbi Arthur Green, Dean, The Rabbinical School at Hebrew College
Author, A Guide to the Zohar, Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow
"In a time when drawn and disputed borders -- political, religious, racial, and social -- are wreaking havoc across the planet it is vital that people return to their shared reality: the earth and the essential wisdom of creation. Ellen Bernstein's new book gives voice to that wisdom through her elegant reading of Genesis. This book belongs in the hands of clergy, spiritual seekers and all those who care about the earth. It can speak to all people of the one tale that we all share. It can take environmentalism out of the cloister of the environmentalists and into the hearts of ordinary people."
Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Author, The Wisdom of the Jewish Sages, The Way of Solomon, Minyan
"This book bears the mark of a life work-careful thought, spiritual insights, deep reflection on the meaning of a biblical text. It is a genre of writing very difficult to do well, combining scholarship with poetry and autobiography. In love with the language of the Bible, Ellen Bernstein has been thinking and speaking and teaching for most of her adult life seeking to inspire Jews to respect the earth and to live in harmony with it. For decades, she has been on a journey to write this important book that readers will want to share with others because she has dared to trust them with the intimacy of her heart."
Eli N. Evans
Author, The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South.
"This book is a remarkable achievement. Through a close reading of the most influential words ever written, Ellen Bernstein offers a spiritual language that can help us find a way back to a rich and meaningful relationship with the earth."
Adam Werbach, Former President, Sierra Club
Executive Director, Common Assets Defense Fund
Author, Act Now, Apologize Later
"As someone with no religious affiliation, I found Ellen Bernstein's brilliant and inspired interpretation of Genesis riveting. I never realized that the Bible could offer insight to me as an environmentalist, but THE SPLENDOR OF CREATION convinces me that a reverence for nature is rooted in the Bible."
Peter Barnes, Co-founder, Working Assets
Author, Who Owns the Sky?