Can Social Justice Save the American Jewish Soul?

By Sidney Schwarz

Jewish Lights Publishing, 2008

Social justice should be a more prominent part of the Jewish communal agenda, the author insists. He posits a tension between two fundamental conceptions of the Jewish mission on earth: an Exodus consciousness, representing particularist and tribal concerns, and a Sinai consciousness, representing universalistic and moral responsibilities. While both are necessary, the author argues that a move toward the Sinai consciousness is needed in order to ensure Jewish continuity and relevance.

Topic: Continuity, Social Justice, Faith, Tikkun Olam, Generational Issues, Belief, Jewish Text, Jewish Continuity, Values, Identity

Name of Publication: Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice

Editor: Green Kaiser, Jo Ellen , Klein, Margie , Rose, Or N.

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Schwarz, Sidney. Can Social Justice Save the American Jewish Soul?. Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice. Jewish Lights Publishing. 2008:


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