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Spiritual Activism

A Jewish Guide to Leadership and Repairing the World

Rabbi Avraham Weiss
Foreword by Alan M. Dershowitz

6 x 9, 224 pp, Hardcover, 978-1-58023-355-2

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“Avi doesn’t only talk the talk, or even walk the walk. He writes the instruction manual. This book shows a way, perhaps not the only way but one indispensable way, of being an activist on behalf of the Jewish people. Read it and learn.”
—from the Foreword by Alan M. Dershowitz
In this age of perpetual strife and conflict, we need now more than ever to find out how to be proactive in repairing our broken world. Rabbi Avraham Weiss’s provocative and challenging guidebook will show you just that—and so much more.
With easy-to-follow steps, accessible explanations of the principles of spiritual activism and an exploration into the foundations of spiritual activism as rooted in the Torah, Weiss offers more than simply a user manual—he provides an in-depth approach to changing your role in the world.
Topics include:
• Why, How and When Do We Engage in Spiritual Activism?
• Choosing the Cause
• Making Partners
• Designing the Strategy
• Leading Other People
• Seeing the Big Picture
• And more …
“Writing with great ethical conviction; commitment to moral principles; integrity; courageousness; and deep, profound, and sensitive love.... This important, brilliant, visionary, and insightful book should not be ignored.”
Library Journal starred review
“One of the most interesting books on the last forty years of American Jewish life that I have read…. A rare combination of passionate love of the Jewish people and love of ethics and goodness.”
Dennis Prager, nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist,
and bestselling author
“A testimony to the power of conscience, courage and compassion. Breathes with the love of the Jewish people, drawn from the spirit of Jewish moral sensibility and the energy of Jewish ethical activity.”
Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, Valley Beth Shalom
“Clearly written, easy to understand, and of interest to students, scholars and the general public.”
Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
“Through his own example, Weiss encourages readers to take action on unpopular issues, even when winning seems impossible.... [and] offers helpful guidance toward choosing and pursuing issues.”
Forward
“A serious treatise on activism. Outlines the what, the why and the how—how to be an activist, how to root our activism in our faith, how we might begin to emulate the life choices Rabbi Weiss has made in order to protect the Jewish people and improve our future…. Immensely rewarding.”
Ruth Messinger, president, American Jewish World Service
“An instructive book for readers of any tradition.... Inspirational.... Highly recommended.”
Congregational Libraries Today
“Masterfully weaves rich insights from Jewish text and tradition with the powerful moral and political lessons from [Weiss’s] unparalleled experiences as one of American Jewry’s most courageous, inspiring and, yes, controversial spiritual activists.”
Rabbi David Saperstein, director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
“[Weiss’s] principles of spiritual activism … are worthy of study and consideration by rabbis, Jewish educators, Jewish communal workers, Jewish leaders, and anyone who is on the path to leadership roles.”  
Jewish Book World
“Proves [Weiss] is a pioneer not only in practicing activism but also in developing the theoretical foundations of the role of activism in organized Jewish community life. A must read for all who want to understand the power of activism to effect change.”  
Natan Sharansky
“Profound and insightful…. Responds to the central challenges to the Jewish people from the latter part of the twentieth century.”
Rabbi Saul J. Berman, director, Continuing Rabbinic Education at
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School
“Describes the foundations of spiritual activism and delineates its principles.... It is hard not to be moved.”
Publishers Weekly
Rabbi Avraham Weiss, named one of the fifty most influential rabbis in America by Newsweek magazine, is national president of The Coalition for Jewish Concerns—Amcha. He is also the senior rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale and is founder and president of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the modern and open Orthodox Rabbinical School in New York.
Alan M. Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and author of many books.

 

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