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To Heal a Fractured World


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In this engaging, accessible, insightful, instructive, and delightful book, Sacks (chief rabbi, United Hebrew Congregations of Great Britain & the Commonwealth) explores traditional interpretations of the Bible, Jewish law, and theology, as well as the works of philosophers and ethicists from other cultures, to examine what constitutes morality and moral behavior. He seeks "to honor the image of [God] in other people and thus turn the world into a home for the divine presence" in a book he considers a "personal protest against suicide bombers, religiously motivated terrorists and preachers of hate of whatever faith." Chapters 3-9 set out Judaism's key concepts of social ethics: justice, charity, love-as-action, sanctifying God's name, the ways of peace, and "mending the world" (Tikkun Olam). Interspersed throughout are snippets from other peoples' lives that have inspired Sacks. This brilliant book is not only for Jews but also serves as a moral Jewish voice in the conversation of humankind. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries. [In June, Sacks was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his services to the Jewish community and interfaith relations.-Ed.]-David B. Levy, Ner Israel Rabbinical Coll. Lib., Baltimore Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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