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Judaism and Justice : The Jewish Passion to Repair the World - Sidney Schwarz

Judaism and Justice

The Jewish Passion to Repair the World

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From Judaism's rich history of prophetic justice comes an inspiring call to action.
Why is it that Jews are so involved in causes dedicated to justice, equality, human rights and peace? Are these trends influenced by religion, history, sociology or something else?
In this provocative exploration, Rabbi Sidney Schwarz, founder and president of PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values, sheds light on the relationship between Judaism, social justice and the Jewish identity of American Jews. He traces how the idea of justice, as developed in the sacred texts of Judaism, conditions Jewish attitudes and behavior. In a fascinating portrayal of some of the major issues facing the Jewish community in the last fifty years, Schwarz explores a community torn between its instincts for self-preservation and its desire to serve as an ethical "light to the nations."

This powerful and empowering book will provide you with a starting point for meaningful engagement—and a new way to understand Jewish identity.
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"One of the most accessible books written on Judaism and social justice…. Provides the kind of compelling language and story that can lead to a closer connection with Jewish life."

—Rabbi David Saperstein, director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

"One of the most accessible books written on Judaism and social justice . Provides the kind of compelling language and story that can lead to a closer connection with Jewish life." Rabbi David Saperstein, director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

A bold vision. Will particularly resonate with today's young Jews who are seeking new definitions of Jewish identity and meaning that are both uniquely Jewish and universally human. A significant contribution for anyone who cares about the future of the Jewish people and our imperative to repair our broken world. Lynn Schusterman, president, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

An original analysis of the contemporary American Jewish condition, but, even more importantly, an exciting prescription for a Judaism that combines a commitment to justice and righteousness with kedusha, 'holy apartness . Rabbi Irving Greenberg, president, Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation

Breaks new ground. Connects the deep roots of social justice with Jewish thought and the American experience in a voice that awakens and summons us. Will enable non-Jews to appreciate the Jewish passion for freedom that we as Jews connect to equality and justice. David Cohen, cofounder, Advocacy Institute; former president, Common Cause

A thoughtful, important and timely book. Not only does it help to describe and explain today s exciting revival of social justice activism among Jews, it is quite likely going to accelerate that phenomenon. Helps to redefine Judaism s moral center in a way that is both clear and compelling. Rabbi Rachel Cowan, executive director, Institute for Jewish Spirituality

Provides a long awaited prophetic vision for the nexus between Jewish tradition, culture and commitment to social justice. Rich and nuanced combines an informative history of Jewish activism in the worlds of political and social action, and a persuasive reading of Jewish texts, arguing for their relevance as a source of guidance for Jews and for the world . A must read. David Gordis, PhD, president and professor of rabbinics, Hebrew College, Boston"


"One of the most accessible books written on Judaism and social justice.... Provides the kind of compelling language and story that can lead to a closer connection with Jewish life."
--Rabbi David Saperstein, director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

"A bold vision. Will particularly resonate with today's young Jews who are seeking new definitions of Jewish identity and meaning that are both uniquely Jewish and universally human. A significant contribution for anyone who cares about the future of the Jewish people and our imperative to repair our broken world."
--Lynn Schusterman, president, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

"An original analysis of the contemporary American Jewish condition, but, even more importantly, an exciting prescription for a Judaism that combines a commitment to justice and righteousness with kedusha, 'holy apartness'."
--Rabbi Irving Greenberg, president, Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation

"Breaks new ground. Connects the deep roots of social justice with Jewish thought and the American experience ... in a voice that awakens and summons us. Will enable non-Jews to appreciate the Jewish passion for freedom that we as Jews connect to equality and justice."
--David Cohen, cofounder, Advocacy Institute; former president, Common Cause

"A thoughtful, important and timely book. Not only does it help to describe and explain today's exciting revival of social justice activism among Jews, it is quite likely going to accelerate that phenomenon.... Helps to redefine Judaism's moral center in a way that is both clear and compelling."
--Rabbi Rachel Cowan, executive director, Institute for Jewish Spirituality

"Provides a long awaited prophetic vision for the nexus between Jewish tradition, culture and commitment to social justice. Rich and nuanced ... combines an informative history of Jewish activism in the worlds of political and social action, and a persuasive reading of Jewish texts, arguing for their relevance as a source of guidance for Jews and for the world.... A must read."
--David Gordis, PhD, president and professor of rabbinics, Hebrew College, Boston

Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
The Jewish Condition
The Purpose of Judaismp. 3
The Exodus-Sinai Continuum of Jewish Lifep. 11
Sinai
Genesis: Abraham and "the Call"p. 31
Exodus: Embracing the Covenantp. 37
Leviticus: Roadmap to a More Perfect Worldp. 41
Numbers: From Wilderness to Prophecyp. 47
Deuteronomy: How Central Is God?p. 55
Sinai Applied: Seven Core Values of the Rabbinic Traditionp. 63
Exodus and Sinai in America
The American Jewish Community and the Public Squarep. 85
Jews and the Struggle for Civil Rightsp. 105
Soviet Jewry: A Cause of Our Ownp. 119
Protecting and Defending the State of Israelp. 139
A New Era
What Is a Jewish Issue?p. 165
Beyond Self-Interestp. 189
Social Justice Takes Rootp. 213
Reconciling Exodus and Sinaip. 237
Conclusion: Responding to "the Call"p. 253
Resource List of Jewish Social Justice/Community Service Organizationsp. 263
Interviewsp. 281
Endnotesp. 285
Bibliographyp. 299
Indexp. 306
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ISBN: 9781580233538
ISBN-10: 1580233538
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st March 2008
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 1.91
Edition Type: Annotated