Judaism and Global Survival

Judaism and Global Survival

by Richard Schwartz
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This pioneering work shows how the principles of Judaism provide a guide for dealing wisely with the world's ecological problems. Fundamentally Judaism advocates caring for creation with compassion, and transforming it to greater perfection. This book not only elucidates principles of Jewish thought such as 'tikkun olam' ( the perfecting of the world) and 'ba'al tashchit' (The prohibition of wanton waste and destruction) it shows how to apply them to make our world one of greater material and spiritual well- being. A highly recommended work.
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JUDAISM AND GLOBAL SURVIVAL by Richard H. Schwartz Ph.D. Readers familiar with the classic volume "Judaism and Vegetarianism" by Professor Richard H Schwartz will be delighted to learn that its sequel, "Judaism and Global Survival," has recently been revised and updated. The publication of this new edition could hardly be more timely, seeking as it does to explore the vital issue of protecting the earth from the many threats it faces. The solution, according to Professor Schwartz, is not necessarily to be found in current technology, but rather by applying Jewish mandates related to protecting our imperiled planet. He reminds us that as Jews, not only are we obligated to carry out the mandate of Tikkun Olam (to repair the world), but also that we should pursue peace and justice, feed the hungry, conserve resources, and love our neighbors as ourselves. The book's message however is not only for Jews but for people of all faiths, discussing as it does the practical measures that can help reduce global warming, world hunger and rapid population growth. The book is divided up into sections addressing many important themes, such as energy, social justice, and human rights. Each section is illustrated with appropriate Biblical quotations and examples of Jewish teachings. As Professor Schwartz points out, however, it is not enough simply to know about these Jewish values. In order to achieve a beneficial and necessary change, we must apply them. To this end, he provides us with an appendix listing some effective and practical ways that we can help improve the environment: for example, by writing letters, displaying bumper stickers, and organizing events on the theme of global sustainability. One of the most important sections is the one which argues that a shift toward vegetarianism is an essential factor in improving the environment. Indeed Professor Schwartz points out that both vegetarians and environmentalists have similar goals: "The aims of vegetarians and environmental activists are similar: simplify our lifestyles, have regard for the earth and all forms of life, and apply the knowledge that the earth is not ours to do with as we wish. In view of the many negative effects of animal-based agriculture on the earth's environment, resources, and climate, it is becoming increasingly clear that a shift toward vegetarian diets is a planetary imperative." "Judaism and Global Survival" is an important book for anyone who cares about the environment and who would like to learn the appropriate Jewish values which could make all the difference to the future of our planet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is not just for Jews. People of all faiths who want to know how the Hebrew Scriptures address the crucial issues of our times will find it invaluable. It can be a common ground for those of us who want the kind of dialogue that will create the world that ought to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Richard Schwartz has crafted a magnificent contribution to Jewish ethical writing. He has insightfully raised important questions for concerned Jews and courageously taught a simple, yet profound Jewish message.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm delighted to be among those whose reviews made it into the new edition -- and now that I've had the chance to properly peruse the revised 'Judaism and Global Survival', I am more honored than ever to have said the following: 'My undergraduate years at Brandeis University were just beginning when the first edition of this book came out -- and this one-stop collection of Judaic textual sources on issues of the day had a profound influence on me. It served well through years of learning and activism, and was one of the few volumes to accompany me on a cross-country walk for the environment ten years ago. In seminary at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, hardly a month went by without occasion to consult this important work. As a pulpit rabbi and Jewish-environmental educator, I still keep it handy. Not only is it time for me to replace my own dog-eared copy, but it's time for the newly-updated edition of this work to find a position of prominence on every Jewish and activist bookshelf.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Among Judaism's most basic principles are God's affirmation of both the world and the moral potential of humankind. Therefore, to the Jewish mind, the proper concerns of religion are not only of a private, subjective nature, but necessarily extend to the spiritual and physical improvement of the world. Dr. Schwartz echoes the impassioned protest of the ancient prophets of Israel in his pointed consideration of contemporary social issues. In doing so, he also demonstrates that Judaism cannot be pigeonholed into the convenient ideological categories of 'conservative,' 'liberal,' etc., but must be encountered on its own terms.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This thought-provoking book is of interest not only to Jewish people seeking to manifest their faith in a progressive manner but also to anyone looking for concrete ways to live a more ethical life. Schwartz is not afraid to go ahead and say that global survival hangs in the balance between the options which face each of us every day. Will we choose actions which are consistent not only with ethical considerations such as humane treatment of animals but also with pragmatic issues such as the importance of preserving scarce resources for future generations? Or, will we turn our backs on our fellow beings and, in so doing, condemn ourselves as well? In his treatment of urgent issues such as world hunger and environmental crisis, Schwartz provides key facts along with persuasive arguments. Read this book if you're striving for a more ethical and satisfying life. Or, if you're already in synch with the ideas Schwartz promotes, read this book for facts and arguments you can use in discussions with friends and family members. Or, just read this book to come along for the ride as a learned and empathic man navigates the currents of ethical thought in our increasingly complex and dangerous world
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Judaism and Global Survival, by Richard H. Schwartz Lantern, 278 pages, $20 (paper). This book discusses the challenges facing humanity and the Jewish teachings related to these challenges, in order to galvanize Jews (and others) to help repair the world (tikkun olam), as required by Jewish law. It shows that we do not need to discover new values and approaches to address current global threats. What is needed is a rediscovery and application of basic Jewish teachings and mandates, such as to pursue peace and justice, to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to act as co-workers with God in preserving and protecting the world. ------------------------------ Here is a sampling of what many rabbis of all Jewish denominations, Jewish environmentalists and social justice activists, and a leading Christian theologian have to say about Judaism and Global Survival. PREPUBLICATION ENDORSEMENTS This masterful volume by Dr. Richard Schwartz provides a treasure of insights into the perspective of Judaism on many urgent social problems. People committed to the vital force of the Jewish heritage will discover in this work both richness of expression and creative application of old texts to new situations. This volume can make a significant contribution to the shaping of the social consciousness of our community. Rabbi Saul J. Berman Professor of Jewish Studies Stern College of Yeshiva University Founder and Executive Director, Edah (modern Orthodox community organization) Shows with eloquence and intelligence that Jewish tradition has much to teach us all about how to protect the earth and the human race from destruction -- and how to nurture a decent world. Rabbi Arthur Waskow Director of the Shalom Center Author of Godwrestling: Round 2 and many other books. I urge every Rabbi, Jewish teacher and concerned Jew to read Judaism and Global Survival by Richard Schwartz. We face the future with a great need for anicient wisdom from our tradition dealing with justice and how to sustain our life on earth. Schwartz's visionary and wise book provides us with the spiritual tools to guide our way. Rabbi Warren Stone Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) Environmental Chair 'Judaism and Global Survival' is like a shofar calling the Jewish community to wake up to current crises and at the same time return to our roots. Read this book, hear the shofar, and listen for the still, small voice inside that calls our Jewish souls to the work of healing and repairing our world. Mark X. Jacobs Executive Director, COEJL (Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life) This book is not just for Jews. People of all faiths who want to know how the Hebrew scriptures address the crucial issues of our times will find it invaluable. It can be a common ground for those of us who want the kind of dialogue that will create the world that ought to be. Tony Campolo, Ph.D. Professor