Over the past few years a number of books on Jewish ethics making a claim on traditional textual sources have been published—all of them with an eye toward a general audience. David Jaffe’s book on mussar and social justice is the earliest of these. It has found a home in social change movements. Jaffe founded an organization called the Inside Out Wisdom and Action Project (IOWA) that disseminates the ideas of the book in trainings for activists. Geoffrey Clausen’s book on mussar and virtue ethics was published in the Jewish Publication Society’s “Anthologies of Jewish Thought” series, geared toward the general reader. Finally, Neil Scheindlin’s monograph is a textbook for use in high school settings, or at home in family settings.

More recently Matt Plen (a non-practicing academic with a PhD in Philosophy of Education) published a more academic book, Judaism, Education, and Social Justice: Towards a Jewish Critical Pedagogy...

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