Judaism and Justice

By Sidney Schwarz

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 2003

The author summarizes the basic purposes of Judaism as constituting a double mission of justice and holiness. He discusses the relationship between ritual and ethical laws, and the position of the Jewish idea of holy separateness within modern American culture. Noting that many modern Jews are uncomfortable with Jewish particularism, the author nonetheless argues that Jewish insiders who worry about Jewish continuity and rail against intermarriage and assimilation are barking up the wrong tree. Organized Jewry should rather focus on cultivating the missions of justice and holiness, he contends, and then young Jews will want to connect with Judaism.

Topic: Youth Engagement, Continuity, Youth, Social Justice, Justice, Spirituality, Jewish Continuity, Values

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.68/no.1

Page Number(s): 17-23

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Schwarz, Sidney. Judaism and Justice. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 2003: 17-23. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8214


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