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Biblical Jubilee

The Jewish Approach To Welfare And Unemployment

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks | Posted 06.20.2013 | Religion
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

Judaism recognises that unemployment has a psychological as well as economic dimension. As a matter of religious principle, job creation must be at the centre of any long-term welfare policy. Human dignity requires no less.

Progressive Spirit: Occupy Finds Its Soul

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

That the Occupy movement would embrace the jubilee, a biblical concept, suggests something new and intriguing about the progressive movement, which has in recent decades been more likely to show contempt than respect when it comes to religion.

'Forgive Us Our Debts': Occupy Operationalizes The Lord’s Prayer on Debt

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 01.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

It has never been more important to raise the issue of debt forgiveness and do something about it in concrete ways than it is in 21st century America. But how could the biblical Jubilee possibly be an economic plan in today's economy? Enter Occupy Wall Street's "Rolling Jubilee."

Supply And Demand Isn't Enough

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 03.10.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Biblical Israel aspired to attain a vision in which all people were recognized as reflections of God's image -- each person of equal worth and dignity.