WHO STOLE MY RELIGION: Revitalizing Judaism and Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal Our Imperiled Pl

WHO STOLE MY RELIGION: Revitalizing Judaism and Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal Our Imperiled Pl
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    WHO STOLE MY RELIGION: Revitalizing Judaism and Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal Our Imperiled Pl

    by Richard H. Schwartz, PhD.
    With Rabbi Yonassan Gershom and Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    Hardcover, 302 pages
    KTAV Publishing House and Urim Publications, 2016
    ISBN: 978-965-524-234-8


    Who Stole My Religion? is a thought-provoking and timely call to apply Judaism's powerful teachings to help shift our imperiled planet onto a sustainable path. While appreciating the radical, transformative nature of Judaism, Richard Schwartz argues that it has been "stolen" by Jews who are in denial about climate change and other environmental threats and support politicians and policies that may be inconsistent with basic Jewish values. Tackling such diverse issues as climate change, world hunger, vegetarianism, poverty, terrorism, destruction of the environment, peace prospects in Israel, and American foreign policy, he offers practical suggestions for getting Judaism back on track as a faith based on justice, peace, and compassion. He urges the reader to reconsider current issues in line with Judaism's highest values in an effort to meet the pressing challenges of today's world.


    About the Author:
    Richard H. Schwartz, PhD, is the author of Judaism and Vegetarianism, Judaism and Global Survival, and Mathematics and Global Survival. He also has over 200 articles and 25 podcasts online at www.JewishVeg.com/schwartz. He is president emeritus of Jewish Veg -- formerly known as Jewish Vegetarians of North America ( JVNA) -- president of the Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (SERV), a patron of the International Jewish Vegetarian Society, and a member of the Board of the Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM). He is associate producer of the 2007 documentary A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal the World. In 1987 he was selected as Jewish Vegetarian of the Year by JVNA, and in 2005 he was inaugurated into the North American Vegetarian Society's Hall of Fame. He is a professor emeritus of mathematics at the College of Staten Island, has been married since 1960, and has 3 children and 10 grandchildren.

    Rabbi Yonassan Gershom is a freelance writer and author of 49 Gates of Light, Beyond the Ashes, From Ashes to Healing, Jewish Tales of Reincarnation, Eight Candles of Consciousness, Jewish Themes in Star Trek, and Kapporos Then and Now, as well as many feature articles. He was born in Berkeley, California, grew up in the Philadelphia area, and graduated from Minnesota State University at Mankato in 1975. He received his ordination from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the B'nai Or Rebbe, in 1986; later became a Breslov Hasid; and currently teaches as a Maggid (storyteller-preacher) through his writings. He lives on a 15-acre hobby farm in northern Minnesota with his wife Caryl, three dogs, two geese, 13 cats, a flock of chickens and guineafowl, and a bunch of wildlife. His blog "Notes from a Jewish Thoreau" explores connections between traditional Judaism, animals, ecology, and his personal nature observations.

    Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz studied at the University of Texas as an undergraduate, at Harvard University for a Master's Degree in Leadership and Psychology, at Yeshiva University for a second Master's Degree in Jewish Philosophy, and at Columbia University for his Doctorate in Moral Development and Epistemology. He has taught as an instructor of moral philosophy at Barnard College and at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Shmuly was ordained as a Rabbi by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Rav Shmuly has served as a congregational rabbi and as a campus Senior Jewish Educator and Hillel Director of Jewish Life.
    As a global social justice activist and educator, Shmuly has volunteered, taught, and staffed missions in five continents and over 15 countries, including Israel, Ghana, India, France, Thailand, El Salvador, Britain, Senegal, Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine, Argentina, South Africa, and Haiti. Shmuly serves at the World Economic Forum in Geneva and Davos, Switzerland as the rabbinic representative, a facilitator, and motivational speaker. Rav Shmuly is the Founder and President of Uri L'Tzedek, the Founder and CEO of The Shamayim V'Aretz Institute, and is the author of eight books.
    In 2012 and 2013 Newsweek rated Rav Shmuly one of the top 50 rabbis in America. Shmuly, his wife Shoshana, daughter Amiella, and son Lev live in Scottsdale, Arizona.


    Praise for Who Stole My Religion:
    "At a time when Judaism has become largely irrelevant, when, as Rabbi Heschel put it, 'the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past,' Who Stole My Religion? is an eye-opener, showing how the application of Jewish values can produce a more compassionate, just, peaceful, and environmentally sustainable world. In order to leave a decent world for future generations, it is essential that its challenging, thought provoking messages be widely read and heeded."
    - Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Dean, the David Cardozo Academy, Jerusalem.

    "With so many people apparently oblivious of the climate catastrophe the world is rapidly approaching, Who Stole My Religion? is a breath of fresh air. I hope this excellent book will be widely read and its message heeded..."
    - Bruce Friedrich, author of The Animal Activist's Handbook

    "...Richard Schwartz has been a clear, unwavering voice for a more compassionate, more human and holier Judaism. Who Stole My Religion? offers Jews and non-Jews alike a critique of many of the unhappy trends in the Jewish world today and an authentic and inspirational view of what traditional Judaism is and should be."
    - Professor Alon Tal, Ben Gurion University, author of Pollution in a Promised Land

    "No one has been more creative, committed, and consistent than Richard Schwartz in arguing for a Judaism that can address in all its depth the world crisis that all humanity and all the life-forms of our planet face today."
    - Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director of The Shalom Center

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