Rabbi Emanuel Rackman, “Torah Concept of Empathic Justice Can Bring Peace,” The Jewish Week, (New York, 3 April 1977), p.19
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[Empathic justice] seeks to make people identify themselves with each other – with each other’s needs, with each other’s hopes and aspirations, with each other’s defeats and frustrations. Because Jews have known the distress of slaves and the loneliness of strangers, we are to project ourselves into their souls and make their plight our own.
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. What is empathy and what is its role in social activism?

2. How do we make the plight of others our own? To what extent?

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Time Period: Contemporary (The Yom Kippur War until the present-day)