In And God Spoke These Words, Rabbi Sonsino draws on commentators from
Maimonides to Mel Brooks to explore how the Ten Commandments have been
interpreted—and misinterpreted—for generations. He examines the
religious and legal texts of the Israelites’...
After Moses shattered the first set of Ten Commandments, destroying them with the Golden Calf, he placed the broken fragments in the Aron Hakodesh (Holy Ark) alongside the new tablets. From this the Talmud teaches, "Respect the aged, because the fragments ...
Why did generations of people grow up thinking that Jews really had horns? Did Eve really eat an apple, and if not, why does everyone think she did? Did Noah’s ark really exist? Did Moses really write the Torah?
This fascinating book explores these and many other assumptio...
This outstanding anthology of thirteen essays by esteemed leaders of the Reform rabbinate reexamines the role of mitzvot in liberal Judaism as viewed through philosophical, experiential, and practical contexts. In this groundbreaking collection, Niles E. Goldstein and Peter S. Knobel identify the...
NEW COOKBOOK! Includes over 275 recipes and dozens of full color photos. Features "Tina's Tidbits," fun facts and great cooking tips for every recipe. Accessible, easy-to-follow recipes for the novice home cook and expert chef alike.
Drawing from both traditional and contemporary Jewish sources, this book explores Jewish life-cycle passages such as birth, bar/bat mitzvah, conversion, marriage, illness, and the end of life. Using profound insights, meditations and poetry on the events and rites that frame Jewish life, Rabbi Sc...
Finding God, by way of essays on significant Jewish thinkers, attempts to answer the questions looming above us all: What is God? Is there more than one God? How can we know God? What does God "want" from us? How does God relate to me? This latest edition of Finding God inclu...
After serving as founding director of the Religious Action Center in
Washington, DC, Rabbi Richard Hirsch moved to israel to lead the World
Union for Progressive Judaism and become a tireless advocate for the
global Reform Jewish community.
For most American Jews, Israel is only seen through the lens of the
political debate, the impressions of the news report, or the windows of a
tour bus. Begun as a weekly online essay in response to the Second
Intifada in 2000,
Studies report decreased involvement in Jewish communal life on the part of both men and boys. Anecdotal information backs up this trend. There are often more women than men at services, more girls than boys in youth groups, and more women than men on the synagogue boards. What is behind these nu...
What do you say when your five-year old asks, ?What does God look like?? or ?Why am I Jewish?? By middle school the questions are tougher: ?Is the Torah true?? ?Why do I have to learn Hebrew?? This incredible new book suggests successful responses to these questions and many more, summarizi...
Yoga Shalom is a unique worship experience that brings together body, mind, and spirit for an extraordinary prayer service. Combining the two powerful spiritual disciplines of Jewish worship and yoga practice, Yoga Shalom leads to deeper understandings of both, or as author Lisa Levine writes of her initial forays into yoga as a cantorial student, “I learned to be more present in my prayers and meditations so I could better pray with and on behalf of my congregation.”
Duties of the Soul: The Role of Commandments in Liberal Judaism
This outstanding anthology of thirteen essays by esteemed leaders of the Reform rabbinate reexamines the role of mitzvot in liberal Judaism as viewed through philosophical, experiential, and practical contexts. In this groundbreaking collection, Niles E. Goldstein and Peter S. Knobel identify the challenges of living as a Reform Jew in today's rapidly changing world.
Coming from a wide range of experiences and viewpoints, the essayists contend that for Judaism to survive, Reform Jews must find a balance between maintaining a strong presence in the arenas of social action and basic Reform principles and adopting a strong ideology of observance, tradition, and literacy.
Includes 13 essays with an introduction by the editors
Authoritative works by key leaders of the Reform movement
Comprehensive look at today's understanding of mitzvot