The Way Into Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)

The Way Into Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)

by Elliot N. Dorff
     
 

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An accessible introduction to the Jewish concept of our responsibility to care for others and repair the world. Shows the way into an essential aspect of Judaism and allows you to interact directly with the sacred texts of the Jewish tradition.See more details below

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An accessible introduction to the Jewish concept of our responsibility to care for others and repair the world. Shows the way into an essential aspect of Judaism and allows you to interact directly with the sacred texts of the Jewish tradition.

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Publishers Weekly
In this straightforward, inspiring book, Dorff (who won the National Jewish Book Award for To Do the Right and the Good) introduces the Jewish practice of tikkun olam-healing or repairing the world. He opens with the history of tikkun olam, tracing the concept from the time of the Mishnah (circa 200 C.E.), showing that the imperative to repair the world is closely related to other Jewish values like justice and loving-kindness. After laying this theological and historical groundwork, Dorff moves on to practical considerations: what does repairing the world actually entail? Tikkun olam calls Jews to acts of social justice-it's no coincidence that throughout American history, Jews have been at the forefront of movements for civil rights and a living wage. But tikkun olam also governs issues like speech; people interested in repairing the world shouldn't gossip or commit slander. In Dorff's view, tikkun olam encompasses celebrating marriages and births with our neighbors, and mourning deaths with them. Indeed, even maintaining good relationships with our family is part of repairing the world, and Dorff devotes three chapters to explaining marital, filial and parental obligations. Jews and non-Jews alike will find Dorff's exhortations challenging and provocative. (Dec.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580233286
Publisher:
Jewish Lights Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Series:
Way into... Series
Pages:
287
Sales rank:
690,886
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Richard J. Mouw
"Provides a rich store of practical wisdom based on solid learning and speaks to our hearts. A gift to all who want to ‘do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord."
president and professor of Christian philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary
Danny Siegel
"Brilliant, lucid, and eminently accessible... combines a profound command of Jewish text with an acute grasp of the nature of human beings and the way of the world. A multitude of mitzvahs and many lives changed for the better will most certainly result."
author, poet, and lecturer
Rabbi Amy Eilberg
"Conveys the depth, scope and reach of Jewish teachings on tikkun olam... Brilliantly examines the deep theological roots of the Jewish social vision, the enormous range of human life encompassed by these teachings, and the expansive vision of the ideal world we are called to co-create. An essential for every Jewish bookshelf."
co-director of the Morei Derekh Training Program Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction
David A. Teutsch
"Compellingly addresses the social challenges of our time. Shows how each of us can improve our lives and our world through how we treat our family and friends, help those in need, and lead lives of compassion."
director of the Ethics Center at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; author of Spiritual Community: The Power to Restore Hope, Commitment and Joy
David Ellenson
"Provides a clear and straightforward path that combines a deep knowledge of Jewish sources with wisdom and compassion to direct our conduct in the world. A treasure for all people concerned to meet the challenges and obligations of personal and communal life in a complex and demanding modern setting."
president, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

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