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Future Tense: Jews, Judaism, and Israel in the Twenty-first Centuryby Jonathan Sacks
Synopses & Reviews
One of the most admired religious thinkers of our time issues a call for world Jewry to reject the self-fulfilling image of “a people alone in the world, surrounded by enemies” and to reclaim Judaism’s original sense of purpose: as a partner with God and with those of other faiths in the never-ending struggle for freedom and social justice for all.
We are in danger, says Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, of forgetting what Judaism’s place is within the global project of humankind. During the last two thousand years, Jews have lived through persecutions that would have spelled the end of most nations, but they did not see anti-Semitism written into the fabric of the universe. They knew they existed for a purpose, and it was not for themselves alone. Rabbi Sacks believes that the Jewish people have lost their way, that they need to recommit themselves to the task of creating a just world in which the divine presence can dwell among us.
Without compromising one iota of Jewish faith, Rabbi Sacks declares, Jews must stand alongside their friends—Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and secular humanist—in defense of freedom against the enemies of freedom, in affirmation of life against those who desecrate life. And they should do this not to win friends or the admiration of others but because it is what a people of God is supposed to do.
Rabbi Sacks’s powerful message of tikkun olam—using Judaism as a blueprint for repairing an imperfect world—will resonate with people of all faiths.
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has been Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Great Britain and the Commonwealth since 1991 and has received honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is the award-winning
A respected Jewish intellectual and award-winning author of To Heal a Fractured World urges Jewish readers to reject popular notions that isolate Judaism with depictions of persecuting contrary faiths, explaining the importance of Jewish contributors in promoting a just world.
About the Author
Jonathan Sacks has been the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Great Britain and the Commonwealth since 1991. He is the award-winning author of a dozen previous books, he writes frequently for The Times (London) and is heard regularly on the BBC. Rabbi Sacks was knighted in 2005, and made a Life Peer in 2009. He lives in London.
Table of Contents
Story of the people, people of the story — Is there still a Jewish people? — Jewish continuity and how to achieve it — The other : Judaism, Christianity and Islam — Antisemitism : the fourth mutation — A people that dwells alone? — Israel, gateway of hope — A new Zionism — The Jewish conversation — Torah and wisdom : Judaism and the world — Future tense : the voice of hope in the conversation of humankind.
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