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To Heal a Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility Paperback – February 6, 2007
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and compassion in quite the way Dr. Jonathan Sacks does. He has taught me
so much about the Abrahamic faiths. He is truly a spiritual Master, which
is why I believe he can be called Mahatma, or Great Soul."
--Professor Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University
"Upon receiving this latest volume by Rabbi Sacks, I appreciated again his
well-deserved reputation for marrying high content to elegant style. There
are no pious preachments here, and no self-conscious intellectual
posturings. To Heal a Fractured World is carefully reasoned yet warm,
intellectually engaging, and entirely quotable."
--Dr. Norman Lamm, Chancellor, Yeshiva University
About the Author
- Publisher : Schocken; Reprint edition (February 6, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0805211969
- ISBN-13 : 978-0805211962
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.21 x 0.73 x 7.98 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #40,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"To Heal a Fractured World" is not one of those five. But, for my money, it's the best and most important book he has written.
This book is a powerful antidote to a disturbing trend in which Orthodox Judaism has become more and more concerned about the details of halachic observance and less about Jewish values and ethics.
It's a classic case of losing sight of the forest through the trees.
Along comes Rabbi Sacks to remind us that Judaism's principal objective is to create an ideal, peaceful, compassionate society and that we each have our role to play as God's partners.
Sacks does not dismiss the importance of halachah or rituals. But he clearly recognizes that, at this point in history, Judaism needs a stronger emphasis on, as he puts it, "the ethics of responsibility."
As he notes, the Hebrew word for "responsibility" is achrayut, which comes from "acher," which means "other."
This book is a clarion call to focus our attention and efforts on the needs of others. And, by others, the Torah means both people and animals.
Lord Sacks encourages and invites us to to embrace personal responsibility by viewing everyone as children of the same G-d and therefore responsible for all others whose very humanity makes them our spiritual brothers and sisters. To be responsible, opines the author, is to give from the heart thus making this world a place of love and healing.
He provides several examples of men, women and children who became exemplars of the way of looking at and living life. All are inspirations, just as is the author himself.
You will never forget that you have read this book. Perhaps you may never be the same.
What a gift for sharing the faith! It is engaging at an incredible level. At times, it was like reading a really good novel, I couldn't wait to read what came next.
I will share that I am a Christian by faith and this book gave me an even deeper appreciation for what we call the Old Testament otherwise known as the Hebrew Bible. I finished the book with an overwhelming sense of gratitude - for both our ancient fathers in the faith and for Rabbi Sacks. I imagine Jewish readers will feel the same.
I found his writings to be very self-serving and really an attempt to motivate and present himself...
Why a college would choose this as a suitable textbook to study Jewish culture is beyond me...
I would also recommend to go on YOU TUBE and listen to Sir Jonathan Sacks' interviews. Deep thinking not only on religion, but the outlook on the world, our role and purpose in it. The style is easy to read and understand-not heavy philosophy. One wish- and should- go back and re-read.
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The line 'that what we want to do meets what needs to be done, that is where God wants us to be' is all the career guidance you need, but I've never heard the Anglican church be so bold as to offer career advice. In Judaism, it's not acceptable to embarrass another person in public. That's the sort of imperative we need to hear articulated when they put out another series of Big Brother or The Weakest Link.
The content is high-brow, but despite the fact that Sacks has an academic background, he's never hard to follow. The book is overflowing with social commentary and Biblical insight.
I was interested to read about how the Chief Rabbi was inspired by Rabbi Menahem Mendel Schneersohn. I've been reading up about him.
I'm now on my next book by the same author.