From Healing to Justice

By Sidney Schwarz

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 1995

The author explores the pull of two opposite poles on the constituencies and agendas of synagogues and Jewish organizations: outward-focused action for justice (tikkun olam, repairing the world) on one hand, and personal and communal healing and well-being on the other. The Jewish community is breaking apart into sub-constituencies for various concerns, the author worries, with "Israel Jews" uninterested in spirituality, and spiritual Jews uninterested in sociopolitical issues, and political Jews uninterested in their fellow Jews' lifecycle events, etc. Rabbis, synagogues and Jewish organizations must try to unite these worlds and allow Jews to be whole Jews, he contends.

Topic: Congregations and Synagogues, Social Justice, Justice, Rabbis, Emotional Support, Unity, Clergy, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.60/no.1

Page Number(s): 5-10

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Schwarz, Sidney. From Healing to Justice. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 1995: 5-10.


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