In this highly provocative and informed work, Byron L. Sherwin, one of the leading Jewish ethicists of our time, demonstrates how the wisdom of the past—found in classical texts that form Jewish religious tradition—can forcefully address the moral perplexities of the present.
In setting out a contemporary agenda for Jewish ethics, Sherwin debunks common misconceptions about Jewish ethics and distinguishes between the ethics of Judaism and various forms of secular and religious ethics. He shows, for example, how the ethics of Judaism and the ethics of Jews often are at odds, how the Judeo-Christian ethic is an obsolete myth, and how Jewish and G:hristian ethics radically differ both in terms of their theological
assumptions and in their applied methodologies.
Sherwin delineates a methodology for Jewish ethics, which he applies to a wide variety of issues such as health and healing, euthanasia, reproductive biotechnology, cloning, parent-child relationships, economic justice, repentance or “moral rehabilitation,” and the relationship between humans and machines.
Drawing on a wide range of biblical, rabbinical, Jewish philosophical and kabbalistic sources, Jewish Ethics for the Twenty-First Century links the biblical term “image of God” to moral freedom, human creativity and the challenge of becoming God’s “partner in creation” and a coauthor of the Torah.
Byron L. Sherwin is the vice-president of academic affairs and distinguished service professor of Jewish philosophy and mysticism at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. He is the author of numerous articles and more than twenty books including Why Be Good? and Crafting the Soul: Creating Your Life as a Work of Art.
Series: Library of Jewish Philosophy
6 x 9, 232 pages