Originally published on Nexus Media.
On a recent Monday morning, Rabbi Abraham drove to Newark, New Jersey to bless some electric cars. He pulled into the lot behind Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, parked his Chevy Volt beside two Teslas and headed inside.
It may sound unusual, but many faiths have ceremonies for blessing a vehicle. In Hinduism, a puja ceremony is often performed when buying a new car. The Catholic Church has an official blessing for automobiles. The blessing at Mt. Olivet was interfaith, with several Baptist ministers, an imam and Rabbi Abraham in attendance. They all spoke about electric vehicles not just as objects to be blessed, but as tools for carrying out the larger spiritual missions of those faiths.
“The book of Genesis gives us a job,” Rabbi Abraham said, addressing an audience of religious leaders and community members from Mt. Olivet’s wooden pulpit. “We are stewards of this earth. It is our job to take responsibility for this planet.” Electric cars, Abraham said, can help us protect the Earth for future generations.
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