Judaism as a Source of Democratic Thought

By David Saperstein

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, September 2012

Key values necessary for democracy are found in Judaism's view of human society. Asserting our core values today, as we see democracy so in flux around the globe, remains an urgent task for the Jewish people. And learning from our own failures to live up to these values provides an urgent caution to others who are in danger of repeating such errors--in countries deciding whether to allow democracy to flourish (Burma, Arab Spring countries) or even in established democracies like the United States and Israel where, in the ebb and flow of political life, democratic norms are still being challenged and require vigilant protection.

Topic: Morality, Democracy, Ethics, Values

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/No.692

Page Number(s): 24, 23

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Identifier: issn:0049-0385

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Saperstein, David. Judaism as a Source of Democratic Thought. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. September 2012: 24, 23. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=14293


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