A window into the Jewish idea of responsibility to care for the world—
written especially for Christians.
The concept of repairing the world (tikkun olam) is an integral part of Jewish life. It helps shape Jewish social and family relationships, and even mandates how Jews should speak to others. But why is it important for Christians to understand this Jewish approach to life? And what kind of impact can understanding this fundamental aspect of Judaism have on Christians seeking to develop a deeper understanding of their own faith?With insight and wisdom, award-winning author Rabbi Elliot Dorff provides an accessible, honest and thorough exploration of this important Jewish concept. With easy-to-understand explanations of Jewish terms, practices and history, each chapter explores a different facet touched by the tradition of tikkun loam. Rabbi Dorff also addresses parallel themes and practices in the Christian tradition, helping you better understand the roots of Christianity and how the fundamentals of Judaism relate and reflect your own aspirations to repair the world.
- Caring for the Poor
- The Power of Words
- The Ministry of Presence
- Duties of Spouses to Each Other
- Children’s Duties to Their Parents
- Parent’s Duties to Their Children
- The Traditional Jewish Vision of the Ideal World
About 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.
Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff, PhD, is available to speak on the following topics:
• Jewish Medical Ethics
• Conservative Judaism
• Jewish and American Law
• Finding God in Prayer
• A Jewish Approach to Poverty
Reverend Cory Willson, MDiv, is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
Table of Contents
Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Part One: Repairing the World (Tikkun Olam) in Theory 1. The Meaning and Significance of Tikkun Olam 2. Why Should I Care? The Example of Caring for the Poor Part Two: Tikkun Olam in Practice: Individuals and Society 3. The Power of Words 4. The Ministry of Presence Part Three: Tikkun Olam in Practice: Families 5. Duties of Spouses to Each Other 6. Children's Duties to Their Parents 7. Parents' Duties to Their Children Part Four: Envisioning a World Shaped by Tikkun Olam 8. Elements of the Traditional Jewish Vision of the Ideal World Notes Glossary Suggestions for Further Reading