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To Heal a Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility Paperback – February 6, 2007
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Starred Review. Although written by a rabbi, this powerful, biblically based plea for ethical behavior will appeal to non-Jews as well as to Jews. The erudite author, the chief rabbi of Great Britain, contends that all people have to be both ethically and socially responsible, and supports this through examples of people he's met or read about as well as through biblical and Hasidic tales. His analysis of these stories and their lessons is beautifully informed by philosophy, psychology, theology, poetry and literature. Sacks's wide-ranging scholarship is evident in the authorities he cites, including Plato, Karl Marx, Victor Frankl, Joseph B. Soloveitchik, William Wordsworth, Rashi, Maimonides, Jean-Paul Sartre, John Donne, Erich Fromm, Sigmund Freud and many others including Talmudic and rabbinical sources. Sacks claims that he "tried to make the book as simple and readable" as possible, but it is at times somewhat heavy-footed. Patient readers will be rewarded by exposure to a great intellect who demonstrates how his knowledge and experiences have led him to the conclusion that each individual has responsibility "to heal where others harm, mend where others destroy, [and] to redeem evil by turning its negative energies to good." (Oct. 11)
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Sacks, the author of 12 previous books, is chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Great Britain and the Commonwealth. The ethics of responsibility, so he posits, is the idea that God invites us to become "his partners in the work of creation." The theme of his book is that life is God's call to responsibility. Citing the twenty-first-century's challenges of a scale and scope that seem to defy solutions--environmental and political problems and the growing inequality between rich and poor--Sacks insists that it is up to us to make a difference, "to mend the world one life at a time, one act at a time, one day at a time." Drawing on traditional interpretations of the Bible, Jewish law, and theology, he analyzes the essence of morality and moral behavior. He is one of the most eminent religious scholars of our time, and his book should interest Jews and non-Jews alike. George Cohen
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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.
We take our inspiration from our creator, but our actions are up to us.
Dr. Donald Clark
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.
I was not disappointed. In fact although this was a kibrary book for me, I found that I was wanting tocopy so many paragraphs or pages that it didn't made sense to do this. So I ended up ordering my own copy.
I felt there was much relevant material in terms of not only religious information but political thought as well.
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