Right­eous Indig­na­tion: A Jew­ish Call for Justice

Or Rose, Jo Ellen Green Kaiser, Margie Klein, eds.
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By – October 11, 2011
The pur­suit of social jus­tice, under the broad head­ing of tikkun olam, has become a sig­nif­i­cant part of Amer­i­can Jew­ish iden­ti­ty today. This series of essays explores some of the areas in which Jew­ish Amer­i­cans can work toward tikkun olam: eco­nom­ic jus­tice, women’s rights, peace issues, and more. The arti­cles, writ­ten by a group of forty-five writ­ers, use very dif­fer­ent approach­es. For some, there is a clear ground­ing of their writ­ing and the val­ues they advo­cate in Jew­ish texts and tra­di­tions. For oth­ers, the foun­da­tion appears to be more root­ed in Amer­i­can or human­is­tic val­ues, with the Jew­ish con­nec­tion more gen­er­al­ized (“image of God” and sim­i­lar con­nect­ed­ness). The intro­duc­to­ry arti­cles are par­tic­u­lar­ly note­wor­thy in explor­ing the role of social action and com­mu­ni­ty orga­niz­ing as a means of express­ing one’s Jew­ish­ness and Judaism.
Rab­bi Arnold D. Sam­lan is a Jew­ish edu­ca­tor and rab­bi liv­ing in Mia­mi, Flori­da. He serves as exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Orloff Cen­tral Agency for Jew­ish Edu­ca­tion of Broward County.

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