"Judaism is all about life – love of life, reverence for life, building new life. But life also brings death. The pessimist says, “You begin dying the moment you are born,” not only referring to the steady decline of our own lives but also the universe around us. We consume resources to clothe, feed, educate, and protect; we use up animals, plants, water and air as we spiral along the continuum from birth to death. Yet Judaism teaches a more powerful lesson about life: ‘Therefore choose life.’ Deut. 30:15. Although God is the giver of life, human beings have great choice in the matter...."