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Contemporary Jewish Ethics and Morality: A Reader (Psychology; 2) Paperback – March 30, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0195090666 ISBN-10: 0195090667

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  • Series: Psychology; 2
  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 30, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195090667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195090666
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.9 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Not only the first book of Jewish ethics and morality in two decades, it is also a landmark work on the leading edge of Jewish thought. One of the remarkable features of this anthology is the scope of the views it presents....Because it is accessible to a wide audience, lay persons who must face agonizing choices will find this meaningful work an excellent guide to decision-making....This anthology is an absolute necessity for the contemporary Jew who wants to strive to live a thoughtful and meaningful life. It has to be read slowly, savored, and constantly reviewed. It does not belong on the shelves of rabbis, Jewish scholars, ethicists, and ordinary people, but in their hands. It is simply the best in its field. It is post-modern and it will endure." --The Jerusalem Post Magazine

"An excellent collection of articles! It is a much-needed and up-to-date replacement for Kellner's Contemporary Jewish Ethics. Exactly the book I have been waiting for to use in my Jewish Ethics course."--Jeffrey Rubenstein, New York University

"Superb! Very perceptive and comprehensive in its topic. It filled out a neglected area of previous study and gave me some frameworks for evaluating Christian Ethics."--Prof. Kennard, Moody Bible Institute

"Having taught Jewish Ethics for ten years, I have been searching for a textbook so comprehensive and thorough. It is a very valuable contribution to the field and a blessing for instructors and students."--Stanley Wagner, University of Denver

"A valuable collection of thirty-two essays, gathered into two parts, that presents the vast resources and diversity of Jewish ethics....This collection is an essential resource to students and scholars of religious ethics, and is indispensable for college, university, and seminary libraries."--Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez, Youngstown State University

About the Author

Elliot N. Dorff is at University of Judaism. Louis E. Newman is at Carleton College.

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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Kaiser on November 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
The publisher notes that "Over the past decade much significant new work has appeared in the field of Jewish ethics. While much of this work has been devoted to issues in applied ethics, a number of important essays have explored central themes within the tradition and clarified the theoretical foundations of Jewish ethics. This important text grew out of the need for a single work which accurately and conveniently reflects these developments within the field."

[It presents...] "carefully organized recent essays on Jewish ethical theory and practice. Serving as an introduction to Jewish ethics, it acquaints the student with the distinctive methodological issues involved and offers a sampling of Jewish positions on contemporary moral problems. The book features work from both traditionalist and liberal contributors, making this the only volume which encompasses the full range of contemporary Jewish ethical perspectives. Writers such as Harold Schulweis, Judith Plaskow, David Novak, David Hartman, and Blu Greenberg discuss law and ethics, natural law, humility, justice, sex and the family, euthanasia, and other vital issues relating to modern Judaism. Many of the readings appear here for the first time, making this important text the most timely sourcebook in its field."
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More About the Author

Louis Newman has been thinking, teaching, and writing about Jewish ideas for over 30 years. One of the country's leading scholars of Jewish ethics, his most recent book is Repentance: the Meaning and Practice of Teshuvah (Jewish Lights 2010).

He is also the author of Past Imperatives: Studies in the History and Theory of Jewish Ethics (SUNY Press, 1998) and of An Introduction to Jewish Ethics (Prentice Hall, 2005). He has also co-edited, with Elliot Dorff, two anthologies, Contemporary Jewish Ethics and Morality (Oxford University Press, 1995) and Contemporary Jewish Theology (Oxford University Press, 1999). He is co-editor (with Elliot Dorff) of three volumes in the Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices series (Jewish Publication Society, 2008/09) that address contemporary moral issues from a range of Jewish perspectives.

Louis Newman is the John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies, the Humphrey Doermann Professor of Liberal Learning, Director of the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching, and Director of Faculty Development at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, he received his B.A. in philosophy and Hebrew and his M.A. in philosophy from the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. in Judaic Studies from Brown University and has been teaching at Carleton ever since to great student reviews.

He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Religion, Association for Jewish Studies, and Academy for Jewish Philosophy. He was the first president of the Society of Jewish Ethics, an organization he helped found. He has also been actively involved in the educational programs of several community organizations. He serves on the International Council and the Religious Pluralism committee of the New Israel Fund. He served as president of the board of directors of the St. Paul Talmud Torah from 1994-96, and as president of the board of trustees of Beth Jacob Congregation (Conservative) from 2009-11.

Louis Newman is married to Rabbi Amy Eilberg. Together they have three children with whom he loves to travel. He still gets his fingers dirty reading the New York Times print edition every morning.

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