Alan Vorspan and David Saperstein, Jewish Dimensions of Social Justice (New York: UAHC Press, 1998), p. 6.
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Our tradition, therefore, has not dictated specific answers but rather provided values to be applied to life. Judaism does not mandate for the nations of the world either monarchy or democracy, socialism or capitalism; nor has it endorsed food stamp programs or supply-side economics. These are human inventions and policies. Our role as Jews is to test these human theories and policies to see if they advance or impede the universal moral values of Judaism.
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. In a previous section of the book, the authors list what they believe to be the universal moral values of Judaism. What values would you list?

2. Can all Jews agree on the same values?

3. Do you agree with the authors or do you think there are policies or laws that are fundamentally "Jewish?" If so, what are they?

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