To Heal a Fractured World by Jonathan Sacks
The Ethics of Responsibility

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One of the most respected religious thinkers of our time makes an impassioned plea for the return of religion to its true purpose—as a partnership with God in the work of ethical and moral living.

What are our duties to others, to society, and to humanity? How do we live a meaningful life in an age of global uncertainty and instability? In To Heal a Fractured World, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks offers answers to these questions by looking at the ethics of responsibility. In his signature plainspoken, accessible style, Rabbi Sacks shares with us traditional interpretations of the Bible, Jewish law, and theology, as well as the works of philosophers and ethicists from other cultures, to examine what constitutes morality and moral behavior. “We are here to make a difference,” he writes, “a day at a time, an act at a time, for as long as it takes to make the world a place of justice and compassion.” He argues that in today’s religious and political climate, it is more important than ever to return to the essential understanding that “it is by our deeds that we express our faith and make it real in the lives of others and the world.”

To Heal a Fractured World—inspirational and instructive, timely and timeless—will resonate with people of all faiths.


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About Jonathan Sacks

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Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks is admired by non-Jews as well as Jews, by secular as well as religious thinkers, and is equally at home in the university and the yeshiva. A well-known writer and broadcaster, he has authored 18 books including Radical Then, Radical Now, The Dignity of Difference and, most recently, FUTURE TENSE.
 
Published February 6, 2007 by Schocken. 288 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The heart of the book is Sacks’s six-chapter sketch of the central tenets of Jewish ethics: justice, charity, love, sanctifying God’s name (i.e., “bring[ing] God’s presence into the world by making others aware that God’s word sanctifies life”), repairing and perfecting the broken parts of creati...

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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 ...

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God lives within the human situation to the extent that we live his will.

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In making this argument, Rabbi Sacks echoes Maimonides, arguably the greatest of all Jewish sages, who concludes his Guide of the Perplexed with the argument that having achieved a high level of perfection, the truly sainted person will turn back to the world, and, imitating God, seek to govern i...

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