When Eugene Borowitz's renews his community's Jewish covenant, he also illustrates a generalizable model of what I label “Covenantal Ethics.” The model has three features: (a) community-specific covenantal ethics: an account of the network of values that characterize some historically situated Jewish community; (b) the “neutral” space of modern public life: an account of how this community is both strengthened and weakened by the way it adapts to dominant features of its Western social environment; and (c) reparative covenantal ethics: suggestions for how the community might renew its Jewish covenant: uncovering Jewish sources of the community's strengths and enlisting them as resources for repairing its weaknesses.

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