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This book is designed to show that we don't need to discover new values and approaches; what is needed is a rediscovery of basic Jewish teachings and mandates, such as to seek and pursue peace, justice, and to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to act as co-workers with God in protecting and preserving the world. In such a way, Richard Schwartz calls for a new vision of the world---one that ensures our personal, interpersonal, and global survival.
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Schwartz Merits A Nobel Peace Prize Feb 26, 2007
Richard Schwartz saliently and adeptly has a solution for many of the world's problems. In this book he incisively focuses on human rights, ecology, the environment, hunger, peace, energy, vegetarianism and animal rights. If his ideas were implemented there would be no starvation, fewer wars, fewer homicides, fewer slaughterhouses and our planet would be green and pristine. Mr. Schwartz is Jewish but he clearly asserts that all people are children of God and animals are creatures of God that merit compassion. This book is utopian but very compelling. Richard Schwartz is a cerebral humanitarian and a sane man trying to save an insane world with his constructive and benevolent world-view. One of the greatest and most inspiring Religious books that has ever been published.
Jewish values in service of preserving humanity Dec 6, 2004
The values of tikkun olam of improving the world physically and morally- of ba'al tashchit of not wantonly destroying and wasting any part of creation- of ahavatacha re-aycha- k'mo'cha of loving one's neighbor as oneself and therefore respecting them and their property are fundamentals of Jewish thought which if implemented properly would help make this a better world. It seems to me that Richard Schwartz has done us all a service in trying to move us toward a better world through implementing these fundamental Jewish values. I say this without wholeheartedly agreeing with his analysis of the situation mankind is. But on the whole I think this work gives a very positive and useful message.
Judaism and Global Survival Oct 21, 2002
JUDAISM AND GLOBAL SURVIVAL by Richard H. Schwartz Ph.D.
Readers familiar with the classic volume "Judaism and Vegetarianism" by Professor Richard H Schwartz will be delighted to learn that its sequel, "Judaism and Global Survival," has recently been revised and updated.
The publication of this new edition could hardly be more timely, seeking as it does to explore the vital issue of protecting the earth from the many threats it faces. The solution, according to Professor Schwartz, is not necessarily to be found in current technology, but rather by applying Jewish mandates related to protecting our imperiled planet. He reminds us that as Jews, not only are we obligated to carry out the mandate of Tikkun Olam (to repair the world), but also that we should pursue peace and justice, feed the hungry, conserve resources, and love our neighbors as ourselves. The book's message however is not only for Jews but for people of all faiths, discussing as it does the practical measures that can help reduce global warming, world hunger and rapid population growth.
The book is divided up into sections addressing many important themes, such as energy, social justice, and human rights. Each section is illustrated with appropriate Biblical quotations and examples of Jewish teachings. As Professor Schwartz points out, however, it is not enough simply to know about these Jewish values. In order to achieve a beneficial and necessary change, we must apply them. To this end, he provides us with an appendix listing some effective and practical ways that we can help improve the environment: for example, by writing letters, displaying bumper stickers, and organizing events on the theme of global sustainability.
One of the most important sections is the one which argues that a shift toward vegetarianism is an essential factor in improving theenvironment. Indeed Professor Schwartz points out that both vegetarians and environmentalists have similar goals: "The aims of vegetarians and environmental activists are similar: simplify our lifestyles, have regard for the earth and all forms of life, and apply the knowledge that the earth is not ours to do with as we wish. In view of the many negative effects of animal-based agriculture on the earth's environment, resources, and climate, it is becoming increasingly clear that a shift toward vegetarian diets is a planetary imperative."
"Judaism and Global Survival" is an important book for anyone who cares about the environment and who would like to learn the appropriate Jewish values which could make all the difference to the future of our planet.
Awesome, Timely, Packed with Information! Aug 5, 2002
I have had the pleasure of reading prior books by the same author. This book goes far beyond the excellence of his earlier works. With all the curiousity of Muslims and the Koran, people should be equally curious about Jewish people and their Religious principles. Does anyone truly live up to their religion on this planet? Dr. Schwartz provides timely, important information about the true beliefs of Judaism, calling out to not only Jewish people, but people of all kinds who are interested in stopping the Armageddon scenario on the planet today. Exceptional book, a must read. ...
Judaism and Global Survival is a Global Imperative Jul 8, 2002
This book will save lives! Especially with wars in the Middle East and elsewhere, and with the increasing pace of environmental destruction everywhere, the new edition of this important book is more vital than ever. Judaism and Global Survival is a global imperative...if we want to save the planet and ourselves, while cherishing and promoting our highest values. It's up to us.