We all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough? Niels Bohr (1885–1962) Jewish Social Values? Judaism is, first and foremost, a religion. It is influential on those who perceive themselves to be associated with it, and it has a commanding impact upon those who feel bound by it. What relevance does […]
In this post, I ask the question: If many systems extol humility, truth, love and compassion, what do we mean when we speak of a uniquely Jewish ethic? With reference to the writings of Louis Jacobs, I answer that Jewish tradition has a special understanding of these values and that some values take priority over […]
Here, I argue that the starting point in developing Jewish social values is to ask the question of what in the world needs to be repaired from a Jewish perspective. With these cautionary considerations in mind, I would like to develop a working methodology to implement my Jewish social values project. The first principle is […]
In this post, I criticise the approach of those who have preconceived views as to what Jewish social ethics should be and then proceed to distort the sources to fit in with their own position. In this context, I discuss Hillel Halkin’s review of the book, Righteous Indignation. After discussing this pitfall, I pose a […]
In an earlier post , we emphasised the importance of beginning our project by asking the question: What is it about today’s world that is in need of repair from a Judaic perspective. This contrasts with the approach of some proponents of Tikkun Olam who will be more inclined to base their view of what […]
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