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The Jewish Approach to Repairing the World (Tikkun Olam)

A Brief Introduction for Christians

Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff, PhD
with Reverend Cory Willson

5.5 x 8.5, 256 pp, Quality Paperback


A window into the Jewish idea of responsibility to care for the world—
written especially for Christians.
The concept of repairing the world (tikkun olam) is an integral part of Jewish life. It helps shape Jewish social and family relationships, and even mandates how Jews should speak to others. But why is it important for Christians to understand this Jewish approach to life? And what kind of impact can understanding this fundamental aspect of Judaism have on Christians seeking to develop a deeper understanding of their own faith?
With insight and wisdom, award-winning author Rabbi Elliot Dorff provides an accessible, honest and thorough exploration of this important Jewish concept. With easy-to-understand explanations of Jewish terms, practices and history, each chapter explores a different facet touched by the tradition of tikkun olam. Rabbi Dorff also addresses parallel themes and practices in the Christian tradition, helping you better understand the roots of Christianity and how the fundamentals of Judaism relate and reflect your own aspirations to repair the world.
 • Caring for the Poor
 • The Power of Words
 • The Ministry of Presence
 • Duties of Spouses to Each Other
 • Children’s Duties to Their Parents
 • Parent’s Duties to Their Children
 • The Traditional Jewish Vision of the Ideal World
Praise for Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff's Work
“Marvelous … goes well beyond any previous efforts to introduce Christians to the richness of Jewish ethical thought. A one-of-a-kind gift to all Christians—and Jews—who want to think deeply about what it means to repair the world.”
Richard J. Mouw, president and professor of Christian Philosophy,
Fuller Theological Seminary
“Wonderfully succeeds in introducing Jewish thought on tikkun olam to Christians. I particularly appreciated the inclusion of the rich glossary and the many referrals and suggestions for further reading.”
Rt. Rev. Alexei Smith, Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer,
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
“Written for Christians, this book holds the promise of informing and inspiring interfaith dialogue. An excellent resource that provides both theoretical insight and practical advice on relationships in family and society.”
June O’Connor, professor of Religious Studies, University of California, Riverside; past president of the Society of Christian Ethics
“Straightforward, inspiring…. Jews and non-Jews alike will find Dorff’s exhortations challenging and provocative.”
Publishers Weekly starred review
“As accessible as it is solid….  A superb introduction to a central idea of Judaism.”
Catholic Library World
“A marvelous gift for the Christian community. Helps us understand and appreciate our common heritage as it informs our values and our day-to-day lives and relationships. Excellent reading for every pastor and congregant, to expand and deepen our understandings of right relationship and repair of the world.”
Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune, founder and senior analyst, FaithTrust Institute
“Conveys the depth, scope and reach of Jewish teachings on tikkun olam…. Brilliantly examines the deep theological roots of the Jewish social vision, the enormous range of human life encompassed by these teachings, and the expansive vision of the ideal world we are called to co-create. An essential for every Jewish bookshelf.”
Rabbi Amy Eilberg, co-director of The Morei Derekh Training Program,
Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction
“Provides a clear and straightforward path that combines a deep knowledge of Jewish sources with wisdom and compassion to direct our conduct in the world. A treasure for all people concerned.”
Rabbi David Ellenson, president of Hebrew Union College–
Jewish Institute of Religion
“Compellingly addresses the social challenges of our time.”
Rabbi David A. Teutsch, director of The Ethics Center at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; author of Spiritual Community: The Power to Restore Hope, Commitment and Joy
“Erudite, compassionate and moving … demonstrates the contemporary relevance of Jewish tradition and shows how that doctrine undergirds the moral imperative of social action.”
Nancy Dubler, director of the Division of Bioethics,
Montefiore Medical Center
Reverend Cory Willson, MDiv, is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
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