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Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
A Conversation with Rabbi Ruttenberg On Redemption and Repair
December 01, 2022
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg talks about what it means to make amends and if a person wronged has an obligation to forgive the person who hurt them.
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Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg spoke to a reporter about the Jewish views on redemption and forgiveness in 2018. When she shared her teachings in a Twitter thread, the reaction surprised her.  The lack of awareness about her tradition’s philosophy on repentance developed by medieval Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides inspired her to write a book reflecting on how forgiveness and redemption can lead to transformative change.  Published by Beacon Press in September 2022, On Redemption and Repair seeks to change the conversation about accountability, forgiveness, responsibility, and reparations in popular culture.

Rabbi Ruttenberg shares how the process of repenting can apply to both individuals and institutions.  Then she takes on the mythology surrounding cancel culture and suggests another way of looking at the use of social media.

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, award-winning author — most recently of On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic from Beacon Press. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Chicago Reader, Salon, Time, and many other publications. She has been featured on NPR, in The Atlantic, USA Today, NBC News, CNN, MTV News, Vice, Buzzfeed News, and elsewhere.

She serves as Scholar in Residence at the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW).  Before her ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2008, she worked as a freelance writer and has in the years since also served as rabbi and educator at Tufts and Northwestern Universities, for Hillel International, for the dialogue project Ask Big Questions and for Avodah, an organization dedicated to creating leaders for economic justice.

On-Repentance and Repair, Beacon Press
On  Repentance and Repair
Beacon Press

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