Social Vision: The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Transformative Paradigm for the World

Philip Wexler

with Eli Rubin & Michael Wexler

RABBI MENACHEM MENDEL SCHNEERSON (1902–1994), known as the Lubavitcher Rebbe, was one of the most influential personalities of the 20th century and the only rabbi ever awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. Despite wide recognition of Schneerson’s impact, this is the first volume to seriously explore his social ideas and activism. Schneerson not only engineered a global Jewish renaissance but also became an advocate for the revitalization of education, criminal justice, women’s empowerment, and alternative energy. From the personal to the global, his teachings chart a practical path for the replacement of materialism, alienation, anxiety and divisiveness with a dignified and joyous reciprocity. Social Vision delves into the deep structures of social reality and the ways it is shaped and reshaped by powerful ideologies. Juxtaposed with sociologist Max Weber’s diagnosis of “inner worldly asceticism” as “the spirit of capitalism,” Schneerson’s socio-mystical worldview is compellingly framed as a transformative paradigm for the universal repair of society. The library of Schneerson’s talks and writings is voluminous, but critics have described this distillation as artful, engaging, ambitious, bracing, relevant and imperative. Social Vision boldly upends conventional polarizations between tradition and progress, religion and science, mysticism and society, providing a wealth of intellectual and practical resources for all who seek a better future for humanity.

Series: Jewish Spiritual Traditions and ContempoRARY SOCIETY

Hardcover: 300 pages

Publisher: Herder & Herder; None edition (July 6, 2019)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0824550382

ISBN-13: 978-0824550387

Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches