Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice

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Jewish Lights Publishing, 2008 - Religion - 351 pages
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Can the teachings of Judaism provide a sacred framework for repairing the world?

In this groundbreaking volume, leading rabbis, intellectuals, and activists explore the relationship between Judaism and social justice, drawing on ancient and modern sources of wisdom. The contributors argue that American Jewry must move beyond "mitzvah days" and other occasional service programs, and dedicate itself to systemic change in the United States, Israel, and throughout the world. These provocative essays concentrate on specific justice issues such as eradicating war, global warming, health care, gay rights and domestic violence, offering practical ways to transform theory into practice, and ideas into advocacy.

Rich and passionate, these expressions will inspire you to consider your obligations as a Jew, as an American and as a global citizen, while challenging you to take thoughtful and effective action in the world.

Contributors:

Martha Ackelsberg, PhD * Rabbi Rebecca Alpert, PhD * Diane Balser, PhD * Jeremy Benstein, PhD * Rabbi Phyllis Berman * Ellen Bernstein * Marla Brettschneider, PhD * Rabbi Sharon Brous * Aryeh Cohen, PhD * Stephen P. Cohen, PhD * Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff, PhD * Aaron Dorfman * Jacob Feinspan * Rabbi Marla Feldman * Sandra M. Fox, LCSW * Julia Greenberg * Mark Hanis * Rabbi Jill Jacobs * Rabbi Jane Kanarek, PhD * Rabbi Elliot Rose Kukla * Joshua Seth Ladon * Arieh Lebowitz * Rabbi Michael Lerner, PhD * Shaul Magid, PhD * Rabbi Natan Margalit, PhD * Ruth Messinger * Jay Michaelson * Rabbi Micha Odenheimer * Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner * Judith Plaskow, PhD * Judith Rosenbaum, PhD * April Rosenblum * Adam Rubin, PhD * Danya Ruttenberg * Rabbi David Saperstein * Joel Schalit * Rabbi Sidney Schwarz, PhD * Martin I. Seltman, MD * Dara Silverman * Daniel Sokatch * Shana Starobin * Naomi Tucker * Abigail Uhrman * Rabbi Arthur Waskow, PhD * Rabbi Melissa Weintraub

 

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Rabbi Or N. Rose is an associate dean at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. He is the coauthor of God in All Moments: Mystical and Practical Spiritual Wisdom from Hasidic Masters and coeditor of Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice ; Jewish Mysticism and the Spiritual Life: Classical Texts, Contemporary Reflections and Speaking Torah: Spiritual Teachings from around the Maggid's Table, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (all Jewish Lights).

Jo Ellen Green Kaiser, PhD , has fostered Jewish thinking about social justice for over a decade as an editor at Tikkun and at Zeek: A Journal of Jewish Thought and Culture.

Margie Klein is a passionate activist and budding religious leader. Founder and director of Moishe House Boston: Kavod Jewish Social Justice House, she is a student at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. She is the founder of Project Democracy, a program that mobilized 97,000 students to vote in the 2004 election.

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