Jewish Ethic of Personal Responsibility: Volume 1 Breisheet & Shemot

Jewish Ethic of Personal Responsibility: Volume 1 Breisheet & Shemot

By: Steven Pruzansky (author)Hardback

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The notion of personal responsibility sounds so obvious that for generations it was self-understood. It was associated with maturity, reasoned decision making, acceptance of consequences for one's actions, admissions of guilt and wrongdoing when appropriate, thrift and decency, concern for others and for society at large. But the rise of the entitlement generation has transformed the way we live and look at the world. Too many feel that others i.e., the rest of society are responsible to raise them, feed them, clothe them, educate them, find them spouses, jobs and homes, give them health care, defend them, and satisfy all their physical and emotional needs. That mindset debilitates both the individual and the society; the ethic of personal responsibility needs to be revived for the welfare of both. Fortunately, personal responsibility is at the very heart of the Torah. Rooted in the fundamental doctrine of free choice, the Torah compels us to take responsibility for ourselves and others and shape our personal and national destinies accordingly. This unique book, in the format of essays on each Torah portion, extracts from the Torah itself applications of the Jewish ethic of personal responsibility in areas as diverse as ethics, dating, marriage, parenting, family life, employment, divine service, military service, acts of kindness, repentance, private property ownership, wealth, Torah study, mitzvot, modesty, justice, gratitude, sensitivity, Jewish national life, holiness and more, leaving us with a profound vision for modern man and his search for meaning and happiness.

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About Author

Rabbi Steven Pruzansky has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, New Jersey, since 1994. Previously, Rabbi Pruzansky was for nine years the spiritual leader of Congregation Etz Chaim in Kew Gardens Hills, New York. Rabbi Pruzansky earned his BA from Columbia University and his JD from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. He practiced law for 13 years until assuming his current pulpit. Rabbi Pruzansky studied in yeshivot in Israel and the United States, and was ordained at Yeshiva Bnei Torah of Far Rockaway, New York under the guidance of Rabbi Yisrael Chait, shlit a. He currently sits on the RCA s Executive Committee. His previous books are A Prophet for Today: Contemporary Lessons from the Book of Yehoshua and Judges for our Time: Contemporary Lessons from the Book of Shoftim.

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/01/2015
  • ISBN13: 9789652296498
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9789652296498
  • weight: 758
  • ISBN10: 965229649X

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