Reinvigorating the Practice of Contemporary Jewish Ethics: A Justification for Values-Based Decision Making

By David A. Teutsch

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 2005

The author explains that modernity brought about secular citizenship and the end of the premodern, self-governing Jewish community. He argues that Halakha and minhag have been evolving to meet the changing needs of the community because of the natural social regulation characteristic of communities and that secular citizenship disrupted that evolution, immersed Jews in modern society, and shattered the community that had provided the context for absorbing Jewish precepts and living by Jewish ethics. The author presents ideas for reinvigorating Jewish moral life.

Topic: Morality, Continuity, Ethics, Modernity, Jewish Continuity, Values

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.69/No.2

Page Number(s): 4-15

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Teutsch, David A. Reinvigorating the Practice of Contemporary Jewish Ethics: A Justification for Values-Based Decision Making. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 2005: 4-15. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4419


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