Not A Cult: Rabbi Blesses Electric Vehicles

Remember, folks, this totally isn’t a religion or cult or something

From the link

Last May, Rabbi Joel Abraham drove his Chevy Volt to Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. As rabbi of nearby Temple Sholom, he joined other local clergy for an interfaith blessing of electric vehicles.

At the event, electric cars and chargers were on display. The goal was to educate faith leaders about how EVs can help reduce air pollution in Newark.

Abraham: “Newark is a huge port, so one of the problems or challenges with the port is not only do you have many diesel operated vehicles coming into the port to pick up things and take them out, but also, the large equipment that’s used – the cranes, the dock vehicles, all of those things – use petroleum products and create all these fumes for the people who live in the area.”

The event rallied clergy behind campaigns that call for electric cargo handling equipment at the port, electric buses, and more EV-charging stations in the city.

Rabbi Abraham says there’s a moral reason for clergy to lead on this issue.

Abraham: “In the Jewish context, what we usually talk about is that we are given not dominion to rule over the earth, but really given the responsibility to care for the earth.”

The good Rabbi does realize that his Volt still uses gasoline, right? And that it was made using tons of fossil fuels and other things that put out “carbon pollution,” right? In fact, there are many, many studies that say that electric cars are bad for the actual environment. If the good Rabbi and his buds really cared, they wouldn’t drive vehicles at all. They’d have no houses of worship, which use vast amounts of electricity, and for which used lots of fossil fuels to be constructed. And all those who take fossil fueled trips to worship.

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One Response to “Not A Cult: Rabbi Blesses Electric Vehicles”

  1. JGlanton says:

    That’s pretty silly business for a rabbi to involve himself in.

    I lived in long beach, ca for a while, right on the waterfront. There was a greasy black film that would get all over everything in the apartment and patio. Floors, counters, cabinets, windows. Locals say it’s from all the ships and cranes and trains operating round the clock there. Its pretty gross. It requires constant cleaning to live there.

    But I dont think the blessing of machinery will do anything. Maybe better to bless the mops

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