- About the BookFeaturing sections on issues like “Prison Reform,” “Corporate Ethics, Consumer Responsibility, & Worker Rights,” “Theology and Social Justice,” and “Ethical Challenges within the Orthodox Community,” this groundbreaking anthology of articles by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz inspires and informs readers about social justice in our times. With a core message of spirituality and justice, this tour-de-force connects religious tradition with modern society and concludes with reflections on key values, middot, for today’s social justice activists. Table of Contents: Social Justice at the Core 1. A Vision for Street Torah 2. Speak Truth to Power 3. Invisible People: We Have the Power to Make Them Visible 4. A Jewish Call for Social Justice Social Justice in our Time 5. The Ethics of Innovation 6. The health-care battle: A Jewish issue? 7. Jewish Wisdom, and a ‘Wise Latina’ 8. Where are the Women in the Global Future Discourse? 9. Global Affairs: A Balancing Act? 10. Creatures in the Nation-State Theology & Social Justice 11. A God That Repents and Seeks Liberation? 12. Yeridat HaDorot, The Descent of Man: Is Progress Possible in our Time? 13. Reborn Again? A Jewish Moral Argument for Reincarnation 14. Why does G-d test us? A Spiritual Strategy for Resisting…
- Who is Rav Shmuly?Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz is the Founder and President of Uri L’Tzedek. He studied at the University of Texas as an undergraduate and Harvard University for a Masters in Leadership and Psychology, and he completed a second Masters degree in Jewish Philosophy at Yeshiva University. He is now a Doctoral candidate at Columbia University in Moral Development and Epistemology, and has taught as an instructor of Moral Philosophy at Barnard College and a fiat lux at UCLA Law School. Shmuly was ordained as a Rabbi by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT Rabbinical School) in New York as a Wexner Graduate Fellow prior to which he studied Talmud and Jewish law at Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat, Israel for two years. Shmuly also received a second rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the Chief Rabbi of Efrat and a third rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo of Jerusalem. Rav Shmuly Speaks About Ethical Kashrut at Yeshiva University As a global social justice educator, Shmuly has volunteered, taught, and staffed missions in many countries including Israel, Ghana, India, France, Thailand, El Salvador, Senegal, Germany, Ukraine, and Haiti. In January 2011, Shmuly was invited to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to serve as…
- Live EventsWant Rav Shmuly to address your community? He is happy to explore the world of spiritual social justice with your congregation, school, or organization, bringing a wealth of scholarship and a contagious passion to the issues which matter most. For more information, contact Rav Shmuly directly. Rav Shmuly is currently appearing at: August 1-7 – Hillel Institute, Saint Louis August 16-19 – Repair the World, Seattle August 20th – Bnai David Judea, Los Angeles September 4-9 – World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland October 5-10 – Oxford University, England October 16 – Uri L’Tzedek Beit Midrash, New York November 6-8 – General Assembly, Denver, Colorado December 1-4 – Beth Tzedec, Toronto, Canada January 25-29 – World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
We make religion irrelevant when we lock it up in the house of prayer – when we keep religion away from the streets. If we want Judaism to matter in today’s world, we must respond deeply to society’s call.
The Torah is a living tradition that we need to bring to the most urgent social issues of our time. We must fully enter the public arena, recognizing that our common responsibilities transcend our particular paths. The essence of spiritual life shines at the core of all the crude and harsh realities we see every day – and when we ignore these realities, we are like blind fish completely unaware of the very water in which they swim.
Jewish Ethics & Social Justice, by Rav Shmuly Yanklowitz, is a collection of sweeping meditations on how to make Judaism universally relevant again. Explore hot social issues – global hunger, prison reform, worker rights, and more – through the eyes of the Jewish ethical tradition. Learn about the core values of Jewish activism – discover a deeper connection to the timeless issues of power, privilege, race, and wealth – get inspired by this fiery call to action.
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz's name has become synonymous with the call for ethical renewal and social justice within the American Jewish community. A modern Orthodox rabbi, he fuses ancient teachings with progressive sensibilities. In this much-needed volume, he shares with readers his thoughts on central questions of our day. Our world will be a better place if his message is widely heeded.
A crucial reminder that Jewish learning and tradition are crucial resources to address the moral problems and challenges of our time...merges a sophisticated approach to Torah with a passionate voice of conscience that we all must consider.
This volume is significant not only for its contents, but as a symbol of a new generation of Orthodox Jews who strive to put their Jewish knowledge and ideals into action on behalf of society...In this book, Rabbi Yanklowitz raises his voice on these large issues...he points the way for a better, more engaged and more relevant Orthodox Judaism...and for a better world.