Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World

Overview

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...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580233125
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Sidney Schwarz is a social entrepreneur, an author and a political activist. He founded and led PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values for twenty-one years. He is also the founding rabbi of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, Maryland, where he continues to teach and lead services. Currently, he serves as a senior fellow at Clal—The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership where he is involved in a program that trains rabbis to be visionary spiritual leaders. He is the author of Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future; Finding a Spiritual Home: How a New Generation of Jews Can Transform the American Synagogue and Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World.

Rabbi Sidney Schwarz is available to speak on the following topics:

Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future
Tribal vs. Covenantal Identity: Jews and the American Public Square
Finding a Spiritual Home: Redefining the Religious Enterprise
Reaching the Jewish Community of the 21st Century: Educating for Jewish Citizenship
Between Conscience and Solidarity
Can Social Justice Save the Jewish Soul?
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Ruth Messinger is the president and executive director of the American Jewish World Service (AJWS). Prior to assuming this role in 1998, Messinger was in public service in New York City for twenty years, including having served as Manhattan borough president. In 1997, she became the first woman to secure the Democratic Party's nomination for mayor. Messinger is currently a visiting professor at Hunter College. For the past four years, Messinger has been named the fifty most influential Jews of the year by the Forward newspaper. She contributed to Who by Fire, Who by Water—Un'taneh Tokef (Jewish Lights).

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Ruth Messinger     xiii
Acknowledgments     xvii
Introduction     xix
The Jewish Condition
The Purpose of Judaism     3
The Exodus-Sinai Continuum of Jewish Life     11
Sinai
Genesis: Abraham and "the Call"     31
Exodus: Embracing the Covenant     37
Leviticus: Roadmap to a More Perfect World     41
Numbers: From Wilderness to Prophecy     47
Deuteronomy: How Central Is God?     55
Sinai Applied: Seven Core Values of the Rabbinic Tradition     63
Exodus and Sinai in America
The American Jewish Community and the Public Square     85
Jews and the Struggle for Civil Rights     105
Soviet Jewry: A Cause of Our Own     119
Protecting and Defending the State of Israel     139
A New Era
What Is a Jewish Issue?     165
Beyond Self-Interest     189
Social Justice Takes Root     213
Reconciling Exodus and Sinai     237
Conclusion: Responding to "the Call"     253
Resource List of Jewish Social Justice/Community Service Organizations     263
Interviews     281
Endnotes     285
Bibliography     299
Index     306
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