Tanhum Yoreh joins the School of the Environment: Assistant Professor studies the intellectual history of religious-based environmental concepts

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 4:44:27 AM



Tanhum Yoreh

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Tanhum Yoreh joined the School of the Environment on January 1, 2017 as an Assistant Professor in a three-year 75% FTE appointment.

"Tanhum is another wonderful addition to the School, expanding our expertise in the humanities," says School Director Kimberly Strong. 

Dr. Yoreh studies the intellectual history of religious-based environmental concepts and their modern application to human behaviour. He obtained his PhD in Humanities from York University in 2014. His dissertation focused on Religion and Environment, investigating the intellectual history of the Jewish prohibition against wastefulness. He has since expanded his research on wastefulness to include other Abrahamic faiths, namely Christianity and Islam. He was the recipient of a Spalding Trust Award in 2015 for post-doctoral interfaith research. Dr. Yoreh also holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from McGill University's School of Environment, and a Master's degree in Geography specializing in Environmental Management, Planning and Policy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. While studying for his MA, he hosted an award-winning radio program on Israeli and Middle Eastern environmental issues.

Dr. Yoreh has taught at Leo Baeck College in London, the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, and the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at U of T. He is interested in faith-based wisdom as it pertains to the environment and in understanding how this wisdom is translated from theory into practice. His current research focuses on the impact of religious values on environmental behavior in Toronto communities. He is also interested in religious legal approaches to environmental protection.

Email address: tanhum.yoreh@utoronto.ca

Recent publication:
Yoreh, T. and R. Horne. "Recycling in Jerusalem: Right or Privilege?" Local Environment: International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 19, no. 4 (2014): 417-432.

Dr. Yoreh is also in the final stages of editing his monograph The Jewish Prohibition Against Wastefulness: The Evolution of an Environmental Ethic.