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There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice Through Jewish Law & Tradition

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How can a Jewish approach to social justice offer positive change for America?

"Ancient texts offer significant wisdom about human nature, economic cycles, the causes of inequality, and our obligations to each other. These insights can inform our own approaches to current issues, challenge our assumptions, and force us to consider alternative approaches. The conversation be
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Hardcover, 257 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Jewish Lights Publishing (first published February 2009)
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Dara
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Excellent book. Probably one of the book's that has most influenced my view of tzedakah, charity. The first section of the book on obligations to the poor is the best part. Later chapters vary in how engaging they are. I found the chapter on housing a little weak, but the one on health care and prison reform surprisingly more interesting than anticipated. Even though I'm liberal, I appreciated the fact that Jacobs rarely stretched the arguments past what was reasonable from the text. There were ...more
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Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read the whole book in two days - a great look on social justice through traditional Jewish texts. Heavy on rabbinic sources, but with many explanations so as to be accessible to a fairly wide audience.
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