Conscience The Duty to Obey and the Duty to Disobey

ISBN-10: 1580234194

ISBN-13: 9781580234191

Edition: 2010

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This clarion call to rethink our moral and political behavior examines the idea of conscience and the role conscience plays in our relationships to government, law, ethics, religion, human nature and God¿and to each other. From Abraham to Abu Ghraib, from the dissenting prophets to Darfur, Rabbi Harold Schulweis probes history, the Bible and the works of contemporary thinkers for ideas about both critical disobedience and uncritical obedience. He illuminates the potential for evil and the potential for good that rests within us as individuals and as a society. By questioning religion¿s capacity¿and will¿to break from mindless conformity, Rabbi Schulweis challenges us to counter our current suppressive culture of obedience with the culture of moral compassion, and to fulfill religion¿s obligation to make room for and carry out courageous moral dissent.
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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: LongHill Partners, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis , one of the most respected spiritual leaders and teachers of his generation, has been a rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California, for close to forty years. He is the founding chairman of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, an organization that identifies and offers grants to those non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews threatened by the agents of Nazi savagery. He is also the founder of Jewish World Watch, which aims to raise moral consciousness within the Jewish community. Synagogues and other religious institutions are now supporting this effort across the country.Rabbi Schulweis is the author of many books, including: Conscience: The Duty to Obey and the Duty to Disobey (Jewish Lights), Approaches to the Philosophy of Religion, For Those Who Can't Believe, Finding Each Other in Judaism, In God's Mirror, and two books of original religious poetry and meditation-- From Birth to Immortality and Passages in Poetry . His Evil and the Morality of God is regarded as a classic.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Judaism and Conscience
A Word about Conscience
Conscience Confronts God
Abraham and Moral Audacity
Moses Nullifies God's Law
Moses Cites Scripture to God
Moses Frees God
Four Dissenting Prophets
Hannah Hurls Words Toward Heaven
The Psalmist Awakes the Slumbering
Natural Moral Sensibility
Human Conscience and Divine Legislation
Rabbinic Legal Conscience
Laws That Never Were and Never Will Be
The Rebellious Son
Idolatrous Cities, Leprous Houses
Capital Punishment
Sotah: The Ordeal of Jealousy
Illegitimacy: When Conscience Fails
The Chained Woman
Maimonides: Within the Letter of the Law
The Myth of Absolute Immutability
Moral Relativism
The Fear of God and the Fear of Torah
What Is Meant by Conscience as "Fear of God"
Matters of Temperament
Conscience and Covenant: Vertical and Horizontal
The God of the Philosophers
The Duality in One Covenant
The Vertical Covenant
Statutes
The Consolations of Obedience
The Horizontal Covenant of Conscience
Legends of Conscience
Against Conscience
The Myth of Gyges
Freud: The Truth about Human Nature
Nietzsche: The Craftiness of Conscience
Social Darwinism and Conscience
Theological Suspicions
Judaism: The Morality of Theistic Humanism
Witness to Goodness
Ben Gurion's Search for Morale
To Discover Conscience in Hell
An Entire Village: The Conspiracy of Goodness
Stefa Krawkowska: The Heroism of Hiding
Seven Sisters and a Mother Superior
Diplomat Rescuers
Aristides de Sousa Mendes: Undiplomatic Diplomacy
Sempo Sugihara
Conversation with a German Pastor
The Conscience of an Anti-Semite
The Enigma of Anti-Semitic Rescuers
Zophia and Zegota
Motivations for Altruism
The Ambiguity of Good and Evil
Capturing the Evil Tempter
Cultivating Conscience
Obedience and Authority
Abu Ghraib and the "Prison" of Stanford
The Milgram Experiment
The Bridge across the Rivers of "Either-Or"
Either-Or: The Way Options Are Shared
Not in Heaven But on Earth
Abraham Isaac Kook: The Art of Reconciliation
Facing God
What Can Religion Do?
The Pedagogy of Conscience
The Habit of Conscience
Heroes of Conscience
Transmitting Conscience
The Many Faces of Conscience
The Pendulum of Duty
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