Seekers of Meaning 2/25/2022: Rabbi Barry Block, editor, “The Social Justice Torah Commentary”

On this week’s episode, Rabbi Address chats with Rabbi Barry Block, editor of The Social Justice Torah Commentary, is this week’s guest on the Seekers of Meaning Podcast.

What does the Torah have to say about social justice? As the contributors to The Social Justice Torah Commentary demonstrate, a great deal. A diverse array of authors delve deeply into each week’s parashah, drawing lessons to inspire tikkun olam. Chapters address key contemporary issues such as racism, climate change, mass incarceration, immigration, disability, women’s rights, voting rights, and many more. The result is an indispensable resource for weekly Torah study and for anyone committed to repairing the world.

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About the Guest

Rabbi Barry H. Block, DD

Rabbi Barry H. Block serves Congregation B’nai Israel in Little Rock, Arkansas. A Houston native and graduate of Amherst College, Rabbi Block was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1991, and he received his DD, honoris causa, in 2016.  

A member of the CCAR Board of Trustees, currently serving as vice president of organizational relationships, Block is the editor of The Mussar Torah Commentary (CCAR Press, 2020), a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. He also contributed to several earlier CCAR anthologies, including Inscribed: Encounters with the Ten CommandmentsThe Sacred ExchangeThe Sacred EncounterNavigating the Journey, and A Life of MeaningEmbracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Pathand he is a regular contributor to the CCAR Journal

Rabbi Block currently serves as faculty dean at URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp, similar to a role he previously held for twenty-one years at URJ Greene Family Camp. He is a past board chair of Planned Parenthood of South Texas. He is the proud father of Robert and Daniel. 

1 Comment

  1. Very interesting discussion on Jewish Activism, the role of Jewish Law, with Jewish Justice issues. I have found a Separation of Church and State in Humanistic Judaism too.

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