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Jewish ethics for the twenty-first century : living in the image of God
Sherwin, Byron L.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xxvi, 203 pages ; 23 cm.

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Demonstrates how the wisdom of the past - found in classical texts that comprise Jewish religious tradition - can forcefully address the moral perplexities of the present. The text delineates a methodology for Jewish ethics, which the author applies to a wide range of issues.

Author Notes

Byron L. Sherwin was Ordained a rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, he earned his Ph.D. from the Committee on the History of Culture at the University of Chicago. He currently serves as Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago, Illinois.

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Choice Review

There are writers in the field of Jewish ethics who study a subject and turn out cogent treatises of contemporary thought. There are other writers who see a subject as a moral issue waiting to be harnessed to a Halakic category. Finally, there is a writer who has thoroughly immersed himself in a subject and produced a work whose intricacies reflect mastery of Jewish texts and tradition, set in Western theological and ethical thought. These gleanings from Sherwin (Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies) apply the rich field of theistic Judaism--notably missing in the "civil religion" of American Jews--to Jewish medical ethics, social problems, and spirituality. Each topic (e.g., euthanasia, reproductive biotechnology, charity, repentance, etc.) is examined from its historical and cultural background and in the fullness of Jewish sacred texts, Halakic jurisdiction, and extra-Halakic sources. Contemporary traditionalism characterizes Sherwin's methodology and style. Though some may question whether Sherwin's conservative Jewish approach can persuade the 21st-century rationalist Jew to live in the image of God, there is no doubt about his optimism and sincerity. The evidence is in the reading. Upper-division undergraduates and above. Z. Garber Los Angeles Valley College

Table of Contents

Louis Jacobs
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xvii
Abbreviationsp. xxi
1. In God's Imagep. 1
2. Health and Healingp. 13
3. Euthanasiap. 35
4. In Adam's Imagep. 62
5. Parent-Child Relationsp. 88
6. Cloning and Reproductive Biotechnologyp. 110
7. Zedakah as Social Welfarep. 127
8. Repentance as Moral Rehabilitationp. 151
Glossaryp. 169
Works Citedp. 173
Indexp. 191