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Eli Rubin (Author) Michael Wexler (Author) Philip Wexler (Author)

Social Vision

The Lubavitcher Rebbe's Transformative Paradigm for the World

Remembering Philip Wexler, The Institute of Jewish Spirituality and Society Founder and Executive Director It is with great sadness that we announce that Philip Wexler, PhD, founder and executive director of the Institute of Jewish…

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  • Title: Social Vision
  • Subtitle: The Lubavitcher Rebbe's Transformative Paradigm for the World
  • Page Count: 300
  • Available Formats: Trade-paper (9780824597054), Epub (9780824550417), Mobipocket (9780824550424), Cloth (9780824550387)
  • Trim Size: 6 x 9
  • Publication Date: 06/07/2019
  • BISAC 2 : RELIGION / Judaism/General
  • BISAC 3: RELIGION / Judaism/Kabbalah & Mysticism
  • Original language: English
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Eli Rubin (Author)

Michael Wexler (Author)

Philip Wexler (Author)

Philip Wexler was emeritus Professor of Sociology and Unterberg Chair in Jewish Social and Educational History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He previously served as Dean of the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester, NY (1989-2000), and as Director of the School of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2002-2010). He served as Visiting Professor at Brandeis University (2010-2012) and at the University of Wuppertal, Germany (2012-2014).

  1. Sociologist Philip Wexler dives into over 40 years of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson's writings and discourses to illustrate the original insights and visions of a social and economic system that defies contemporary political categorizations. Wexler explores how the Rebbe's Principle of Reciprocity, based on a Hasidic ethos, can avoid the worst outcomes of unbridled capitalism as theorized in Max Weber's Protestant Ethic, and the socialist ideals of complete egalitarianism that inhibit competition, which the Rebbe sees as a vital element for social progress and individual completeness. The first three chapters set the context and background by discussing relevant sociological theories, the history and philosophies of Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidism, and the personal leadership style of Rabbi Schneerson. The final three

    chapters present how the Hasidic ethos can be applied to balance individual well-being with the needs of the community and society. Schneerson’s well-known ideas on lifelong education, stressing moral responsibility and respect for diversity as the key to a healthy society, are detailed. Perhaps less widely studied are the Rebbe’s calls for justice and penitentiary reform, alternative energy development, and support for scientific and technological progress as instruments for the betterment of humanity. This is not a book of feel-good Rebbe stories that can be read in an afternoon; it demands thoughtful engagement and serious consideration. Wexler includes hundreds of citations and references for further study. Not just for Jewish Studies enthusiasts, this is a universal work highly recommended for students, scholars and leaders in the sociological, political, economic, and educational fields as well as social justice activists.
    --Diane Mizrachi, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
  2. “an overarching, knowledgeable and ambitious study that challenges the great divide between religion and society, modernity and theology, faith and political action, while breaking new ground for social theory.”
    --Yotam Hotam, Faculty of Education, University of Haifa
  3. “... consistently insightful ... this book can elevate your mind and your soul ...”
    --JOSEPH TELUSHKIN, author of Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History
  4. “... may well become the foundation of fresh sociological thought ... a model for socially meaningful scholarly writing ...”
    --JONATHAN GARB, Gershom Scholem Professor of Kabbalah,The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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