The Way Into Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) [NOOK Book]

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An accessible introduction to the Jewish concept of our responsibility to care for others and repair the world. For everyone who wants to understand the meaning and significance of tikkun olam (repairing the world) in Jewish spiritual life, this book 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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The Way Into Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)

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Overview

An accessible introduction to the Jewish concept of our responsibility to care for others and repair the world. For everyone who wants to understand the meaning and significance of tikkun olam (repairing the world) in Jewish spiritual life, this book 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580237123
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Series: The Way Into Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 828,060
  • File size: 855 KB

Meet the Author

Rabbi Elliott N. Dorff, PhD, is the author of many important books, including The Way Into Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World), a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and The Jewish Approach to Repairing the World (Tikkun Olam): A Brief Introduction for Christians. An active voice in contemporary interfaith dialogue, he is Rector and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the American Jewish University (formerly the University of Judaism), and chair of the Academy of Judaic, Christian and Muslim Studies.
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Table of Contents

About The Way Into Timeline Preface Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Part One: Tikkun Olam in Theory 1. The Meaning and Significance of Tikkun Olam 2. Why Should I Care? 3. Religion and Ethics Part Two: Tikkun Olam for Individuals and Society 4. How We Talk to Each Other 5. Helping the Poor 6. Ransoming and Surrendering Captives 7. Accompanying and Supporting People inTimes of Need and Joy Part Three: Tikkun Olam within Families 8. Duties of Spouses to Each Other 9. Filial Duties 10. Parental Duties Forward: Envisioning an Ideal World, Shaped by Tikkun Olam Notes Glossary Suggestions for Further Reading Index

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