For the purposes of On1Foot, a Jewish text is either written by a Jew (from Beruria to Ralph Lemkin, Rashi to Emma Goldman) or written about Jewish social justice by an outside source—academic, journalistic, etc. Texts on the site will likely answer one or more of the following questions:
- Is there a Jewish way to be involved with social justice (as there is a Jewish way to pray, for example)?
- What has been the role of Jews in social justice efforts throughout history and in contemporary times?
- What are the values that Judaism espouses? How might we put those values into practice in today’s global community?
- How, as Jews, are we meant to respond to the vast injustices plaguing today’s world?
- When the amount of need is so great, how, as Jews, might we prioritize our social activism and create the most change?
- How does Jewish history, law, thought and custom come to bear on how we see ourselves, as Jews, doing the work of social justice?