Oxford Jewish Thought

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by Rabbi Eli Brackman

A Jewish perspective on social responsibility and innovation

We’re living at a time of unprecedented development through the power of the human mind, creativity and innovation offering an enriched quality of life, while accompanied simultaneously by uniquely man made potential disasters, in terms of the environment. From a Jewish point of view, the fact that humankind is able to make a difference to the world we live in, even manipulate its fundamental elements for our benefit, is routed in the notion that man is a partner in creation,[1] and man is made to toil and work.[2] At the same time, man is charged with responsibility to fix the world that is imperfect: everything that was created needs fixing.[3] One of the disasters of our times includes the development of materials that previously d… Read More »

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