Justice in the City Table of Contents


Justice in the City
Rabbinic Judaism holds residents of a city responsible for the well-being of every stranger who passes through it. To meet this obligation today would require radical social transformation.

Islamic Law and the Boundaries of Social Responsibility
Medieval rural Muslim jurists called on citizens to personally accompany strangers in need, but urban jurists assumed a different model: care mediated through a welfare state. Let’s draw wisdom from both.

We Are One Body: A Christian Perspective on Justice In the City
Paul the apostle taught that the people in a society are like the members of one body. What would it mean for us to take that idea seriously?

Beyond the Limits of Love: Building the Religious Counterculture
Liberal congregations’ rejection of mandated practices has depoliticized religious life. Let’s rediscover a theology of love and obligation.

Healing the Miser Within: The Kabbalah of Giving and Receiving
The euphoria of giving offers a spiritual high—and a newfound capacity for love and wonder.

Community Reparations to Transform Community Desolation
The rabbinic ideal of “accompaniment” is inspiring. Here’s how people with privilege can step beyond their comfort zones and put it into practice.

Trauma as a Potential Source of Solidarity
Sometimes trauma opens us to new forms of kinship across class and social divisions.

Searching for Solidarity in an Atomized Society
To resist the selfish ethos of capitalism, we need a counterculture of generosity, compassion, truth-telling, and joy.

Online Exclusives
Don’t miss the two online-only articles associated with this special section on Justice in the Society: lively contributions from Bernadette Brooten and Jill Jacobs. To read them, click here.

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