Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change

Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change

by David Jaffe

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Overview

WINNER OF THE 2016 JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL AWARD FOR CONTEMPORARY JEWISH LIFE AND PRACTICE

An inspiring and accessible guide, drawn from Jewish wisdom, for building the inner qualities necessary to work effectively for social justice.

The world needs changing—and you’re just the person to do it!  It’s a matter of cultivating the inner resources you already have. If you are serious about working for social justice and change, this book will help you bring your most compassionate, wise, and courageous self to the job.

Bringing positive social change to any system takes deep self-awareness, caring, determination, and long-term commitment. But polarization, the slow pace of change, and internal conflicts among activists and organizations often leads to burnout and discouragement among the very people needed to make a difference. Changing the World from the Inside Out distills centuries of Jewish wisdom about cultivating and refining the inner life into an accessible program for building the qualities necessary to accomplish sustainable change. Through explorations of deep motivation, inner-drive, and traits like trust and anger, this book engages the reader in a journey of self-development and transformation, demonstrating that sustainable activism is indeed a spiritual practice. Jaffe offers accessible and meaningful guidance for this journey—with exercises, contemplations, and discussion points that can be used individually or in a group.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611803358
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 621,631
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

DAVID JAFFE is a rabbi, a social worker, and an educational consultant to many major Jewish institutions in North America. He's a nationally recognized leader in the field of Mussar and applied Jewish ethics, and he is a frequent speaker at synagogues and Jewish conferences around the country. He's spent twenty-five years teaching and working in various areas of social justice outreach, including homelessness and interfaith community organizing.  www.rabbidavidjaffe.com

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Compass

1 Motivations for Change: What Do You Yearn For? 15

2 Serving with Our Full Selves: The Yetzer Harah 38

Part 2 Signposts

3 A Little light Overcomes Much Darkness: Seeking Good Points 61

4 The Power of Choice 82

Part 3 Walking the Path

5 Practice 105

6 Responding to the Call: Anavah/Humility 112

7 Creative Discomfort: Savlanut/Patience 137

8 Created in the Divine Image: Kavod/Dignity and Honor 158

9 Balancing Trust with Effort: Bitachon/Trust 185

Part 4 Rest

10 Shabbat as a Social-Change Ritual 211

Conclusion 229

Appendix A Facilitator's Guide 233

Appendix B Group Guidelines 237

Appendix C Spiritual Check-in Guidelines 239

Notes 241

Index 255

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