Review of The Soul of Jewish Social Justice

July 10, 2014

by Rabbi Dov Peretz ElkinsJewishSocialJusticeWeb2

The Soul of Jewish Social Justice offers a novel, intellectual, and spiritual approach to the application of Jewish wisdom to the most pressing moral problems of our time. We discover how the Jewish social justice ethos can help us address issues of education reform, ethical consumption, the future of Israel, immigration and prison reform, violence, business ethics, and many other moral issues. In this book, Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz explores how spirituality, ritual, narratives, holidays, and tradition can enhance our commitment to creating a more just society.

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz was listed in Newsweek’s America’s Top 50 Rabbis for 2012 and 2013. He is the Executive Director of the Valley Beit Midrash, the Founder and President of Uri L’Tzedek, and the Founder and CEO of The Shamayim V’Aretz Institute. Rav Shmuly completed a Masters at Yeshiva University in Jewish Philosophy, a Masters at Harvard University in Moral Psychology and Leadership and a Doctorate at Columbia University in Epistemology and Moral Development. He received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and is the author of two previous books: Jewish Ethics and Social Justice: A Guide for the 21st Century and Epistemic Development in Talmud Study.

This is a comprehensive and inspiring study of Jewish ethics as applied to moral and social problems. A book one can study and from which derive many important lessons. A major contribution to Jewish ethics.

Jonathan D. Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University, says about the author of this book: 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.”

This review originally appeared in the Jewish Media Review.