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Shema: Spirituality and Law in Judaism

Shema: Spirituality and Law in Judaism

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The Shema is the central prayer of the Jewish faith. Jews utter this single sentence, affirming God's unity as their final words before dying, as well as at the beginning and ending of each day. Using the Shema as his focus, Lamm, prominent Orthodox scholar and long-time president of Yeshiva University, explores the relationship between spirituality and law in Judaism. Dr. Norman Lamm is the author of The Shema: Spirituality and Law in Judaism.
Song of Riddles: Deciphering the Song of Songs

Song of Riddles: Deciphering the Song of Songs

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Song of Riddles is an inquiry into the meaning behind the metaphors that animate the Song of Songs, based on a wide range of source materials and scholarship. The core question prompting this inquiry into the Song of Songs is whether, given the opaque literary confines of the text, it is possible to access the Song's intended subtext, using the text itself as a guide in uncovering its underlying theological message. The nexus between metaphor and meaning in the Song lies at the point at which the three planes of dream-fantasies, riddles, and love wisdom intersect. Understanding how the Song functions simultaneously on these independent trajectories is the first step toward arriving at the concealed meaning of the Song's seemingly impenetrable metaphors.
The research presented in this book demonstrates the Song to be part of the rare literary genre of riddles and points to the two lovers in the Song as hinting to the Temple keruvim. These angelic figurines were the sequestered keepers of the Holy Ark and the Divine law, as well as the representatives of the nation of Israel before the Divine presence. The approach to understanding the Song presented in Song of Riddles seamlessly and authentically merges the traditional rabbinic allegorical approach to the Song with the plain sense of the text.

Song of Riddles is an inquiry into the meaning behind the metaphors that animate the Song of Songs, based on a wide range of source materials and scholarship. The core question prompting this inquiry into the Song of Songs is whether, given the opaque literary confines of the text, it is possible to access the Song's intended subtext, using the text itself as a guide in uncovering its underlying theological message. The nexus between metaphor and meaning in the Song lies at the point at which the three planes of dream-fantasies, riddles, and love wisdom intersect. Understanding how the Song functions simultaneously on these independent trajectories is the first step toward arriving at the concealed meaning of the Song's seemingly impenetrable metaphors.
The research presented in this book demonstrates the Song to be part of the rare literary genre of riddles and points to the two lovers in the Song as hinting to the Temple keruvim. These angelic figurines were the sequestered keepers of the Holy Ark and the Divine law, as well as the representatives of the nation of Israel before the Divine presence. The approach to understanding the Song presented in Song of Riddles seamlessly and authentically merges the traditional rabbinic allegorical approach to the Song with the plain sense of the text.

Song of Teshuvah Vol I. Commentary on Oros Hatshuvah

Song of Teshuvah Vol I. Commentary on Oros Hatshuvah

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Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook's seminal work on repentance, Oros HaTeshuvah, is recognized as a classic of Jewish thought but has, because of its difficult language and its theological depth, remained inaccessible to many. This book presents readers with the original Hebrew text of Oros HaTeshuvah with a new translation into English, as well as expert commentary in English from Rabbi Moshe Weinberger. Weinberger draws on his extensive knowledge of Jewish philosophical and inspirational literature to provide profound, moving, and fresh insights into the text, richly explicating the ideas in Oros HaTeshuvah in an accessible and clear but not superficial manner. Readers will come away with a firm grasp on the profound truth at the heart of Kook's classic work: that teshuvah--repentance--is not a somber process of self-deprivation but a joyful journey back to God and to the core of each individual. This volume covers chapters one through seven of Oros HaTeshuvah.
Song of Teshuvah Vol IV. A Commentary on Rav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook's Oros Hateshuvah

Song of Teshuvah Vol IV. A Commentary on Rav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook's Oros Hateshuvah

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This is the only English translation of the esteemed Rav Kook's book on repentance and self-improvement

Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook's seminal work on repentance, Oros HaTeshuvah, is recognized as a classic of Jewish thought but has, because of its difficult language and its theological depth, remained inaccessible to many. This book presents readers with the original Hebrew text of Oros HaTeshuvah with a new translation into English, as well as expert commentary in English from Rabbi Moshe Weinberger. Weinberger draws on his extensive knowledge of Jewish philosophical and inspirational literature to provide profound, moving, and fresh insights into the text, richly explicating the ideas in Oros HaTeshuvah in an accessible and clear but not superficial manner. Readers will come away with a firm grasp on the profound truth at the heart of Kook's classic work: that teshuvah--repentance--is not a somber process of self-deprivation but a joyful journey back to God and to the core of each individual. This volume covers chapters 14 through 17 of Oros HaTeshuvah and is the final volume in this series.

Spiritual Revolution of Rav Kook

Spiritual Revolution of Rav Kook

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In a time where radical and extreme religion threatens to destroy the entire world, Rav Kook's spiritual revolution provides a much needed answer, combining a deep love of God with an uncompromising compassion for all human beings Rav Kook (1865-1935) was one of the most spiritual and open minded leaders in all of Jewish history. He combined a deep love of God with an uncompromising compassion for all of human beings.

A person who reads the writings of Rav Kook will discover a man who rejected superficial labels of religious verses secular, right wing verses left wing. Rav Kook was one of the most spiritual and open minded thinkers in modern Jewish history. God's presence in the world was so real to Rav Kook that he believed spirituality must focus on the transformation of the individual, the nation, humanity, and all of existence.

Rav Kook (1865-1935) was one of the most influential thinkers in Jewish history, but his revolutionary writings are mostly unknown to the general public. This book contains many new and accessible translations, as well as an in-depth spiritual biography. Each chapter is introduced and broken up into a variety of topics, including the individual, Torah, God, teshuvah, prayer, creativity, Zionism, science, and vegetarianism.

STRAUSS, SPINOZA & SINAI

STRAUSS, SPINOZA & SINAI

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More than three centuries after Baruch Spinoza's excommunication from the Jewish community of Amsterdam, his legacy remains contentious. Born in 1632, Spinoza is one of the most important thinkers of the Enlightenment and arguably the paradigm of the secular Jew, having left Orthodoxy without converting to another faith.

One of the most unexpected and provocative critiques of Spinoza comes from Leo Strauss.
Strauss grew up in a nominally Orthodox home and emigrated from Germany to the United States in the 1930s. He taught at the University of Chicago and was one of the most influential political philosophers of the twentieth century until his death in 1973.

Though Strauss was not an Orthodox Jew, in a well-known essay that prefaced his study of Spinoza, he critically examines modern philosophy's challenge to traditional religion. There he argues that while the Enlightenment had failed to decisively refute Orthodoxy, at the same time, Orthodoxy could only claim to believe its core tenets were true but could not claim to know they were true. Strauss leaves the question at an impasse; both the Enlightenment and Orthodoxy rest on axioms that neither side can fully prove or fully refute.

Curiously, Strauss never asks Orthodox Jewish thinkers if his approach to defending Judaism against the claims of the Enlightenment is the same as theirs. This volume poses the question to a group of serious Orthodox Jewish thinkers in an attempt to find out if Orthodoxy has a better answer to the questions raised by Strauss than the one Strauss advanced on its behalf.

The seventeen essays in this volume use a variety of approaches, drawing on traditional primary Jewish sources like Scripture, Talmud, and Midrash; medieval rationalists like Maimonides; Enlightenment-era Orthodox sources; Jewish mystical writings like Kabbalah and Chasidut; modern philosophical movements including postmodernism and analytic philosophy; and contemporary Jewish Bible interpretation. While the answers differ, what unites these essays is the willingness to take Strauss' question seriously and to provide "inside" answers, that is, answers given by Orthodox Jews.

Much of modern thought tries to square the circle of how to live in a world without belief. The better question is whether it is possible to recover authentic religious belief in the modern world. This volume is an Orthodox Jewish attempt to answer that question, one that no serious person can approach with indifference.

Tallis & Tefillin, Bagels & Lox

Tallis & Tefillin, Bagels & Lox

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There are two components to Jewish life:
 
Tallis and tefillin, and bagels and lox. Both are important to living a spiritual life.
 
Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski, renowned author, talmid chacham, and psychiatrist, shares a refreshing, candid perspective on how we can enjoy the good in life, get along with others, and overcome challenges — all while maintaining our positivity and self-respect. Filled with timeless Torah wisdom, inspiring stories, and intriguing personal accounts,
 
Tallis and Tefillin, Bagels and Lox is a savory reminder of where our priorities should be.
TALMUD ON THE MIND: BERACHOS

TALMUD ON THE MIND: BERACHOS

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Where do we turn to better understand ourselves? For many people, the insights of modern psychology provide a way to be in touch with the inner-workings of their minds. However, for those familiar with traditional Jewish literature, the penetrating psychological insight of the Talmudic Sages provides a framework for spiritual and personal growth through profound self-understanding. In this volume, Ethan Eisen, a Yeshiva University-ordained rabbi and clinical psychologist, explores the seeds of contemporary psychology that are woven through the pages of the Talmud and its commentators. Based on passages from Maseches Berachos, Rabbi Dr. Eisen takes the reader on an illuminating journey through many topics-procrastination, bullying, mindfulness, and microaggressions, among many others-bringing traditional Jewish sources side by side with findings of modern psychology. He concludes each chapter with a life-enhancing practical lesson that emerges from these two mutually enriching sources of knowledge and wisdom.
Taming of the Jew

Taming of the Jew

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For months on end, Tuvia roamed through the four nations that make up the United Kingdom Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales. He interacted with anyone and everyone who came his way throughout his journey: from the terrifying ghosts long dead to the highly esteemed lords and baronesses very much alive, most of whom happened to be anti-Semites. But that's not all. While wandering around, Tuvia caught a nap in Winston Churchill's room, curled up in Hillary Clinton's European bed, played cat-and-mouse with the most famous Labour politician, Jeremy Corbyn, and enjoyed excellent tobacco with the Brexit architect, Nigel Farage. In between, he drank the blackest of coffees with a well-known bank robber, maintained close contact with an eagle, swallowed a monster, and chatted with Jewish leaders who fervently defended every anti-Semite in Her Majesty's Kingdom.

What differentiates this book from other books is this: This book is very funny.
Yaron London, Channel 11 TV (Israel)

Amazingly frank, amusing, fearless and chuzpadik wonderfully readable. Highly recommended.
Neville Teller, The Jerusalem Report (Israel)


If J.D. Salinger and John Steinbeck collaborated on antisemitism in the UK, they might have written The Taming of the Jew.
H. Fragman Abramson, Jewish Press (USA)


This is a frightening book and deserves to be read.
David Herman, The Article(UK)

A pointed, savage and often comic travelogue about attitudes in Britain and Ireland ... Most excruciating, he finds perfectly 'tamed' British Jews who equivocate about the Jew-hatred in their country.
Melanie Phillips, Jewish Chronicle (UK)


Quizzical and tragic at the same time, the sort of comedy sketches that Samuel Beckett might have written if he were Jewish rather than Irish.
David Goldman, Algemeiner (USA)


An accurate picture of reality, more accurate than BBC and CNN.
Roman Joch, Lidové Noviny (Czech Republic)


Razor sharp, sarcastic, occasionally even shocking, and very entertaining.
Petr Kolář, MF DNES (Czech Republic)


Tenenbom's books are easy to read and digest. They are funny, full of self-depricating humor, and describe situations the writer finds himself in, accidentally or intentionally, that lead the reader to be fully engaged.
Zvika Klein, Makor Rishon (Israel)


Knowing how to deal with the everyday comic moments of life, while integrating the bizarre parts of the same life, is a craft and Tenenbom has it.
Christopher Wimmer, taz, die tageszeitung (Germany)


You will be amused, and often laugh out loud because Tenenbom is funny.
Walter Kaufmann, Neues Deutschland (Germany)


Full of investigative chutzpah and laughter, poetic like a bird flapping its wings, and sensual like a man loudly enjoying his meal ... mixing British wit and Talmudic subtleties.
Matthias Matussek, Die Weltwoche (Switzerland)


Without prejudice, and employing subtle humor, Tenenbom listens to his interviewees as they are desperately justifying themselves.
Steffen Könau, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung (Germany)


Tenenbom is the Egon Erwin Kirsch of our time.
Henryk M. Broder, Achgut (Germany)


Tenenbom's writing is laced with great entertainment, while at the same time providing much knowledge.
Ulrike Borowczyk, Hamburger Abendblatt

"Full of investigative chutzpah and laughter, poetic like a bird flapping its wings, and sensual like a man loudly enjoying his meal...mixing British wit and Talmudic subtleties."
Die Weltwoche (Switzerland) The Taming of the Jew, Israel's number one best-selling e-book, is Tuvia Tenenbom's funniest and most disturbing book to date. For months on end, Tuvia roamed through the four nations that make up the United Kingdom Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales. He interacted with anyone and everyone who came his way throughout his journey: from the terrifying ghosts long dead to the highly esteemed lords and baronesses very much alive, most of whom happened to be anti-Semites. But that's not all. While wandering around, Tuvia caught a nap in Winston Churchill's room, curled up in Hillary Clinton's European bed, played cat-and-mouse with the most infamous British politician, Jeremy Corbyn, and enjoyed excellent tobacco with the Brexit architect, Nigel Farage. In between, he drank the blackest of coffees with a well-known bank robber, maintained close contact with an eagle, swallowed a monster, and chatted with Jewish leaders who fervently defended every anti-Semite in Her Majesty's Kingdom.

TEFILLIN

Tefillin by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan (1993-05-04)

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An explanation of the mitzvah of tefillin. Includes photos of tefillin being made and how they should be worn.

An explanation of the mitzvah of tefillin. Includes photos of tefillin being made and how they should be worn.

That Jewish Moment

That Jewish Moment

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The stirring sound of the shofar, munching on a bagel and cream cheese sandwich, passing windows with lit menorahs, and spotting a kippah in an unexpected place ... There are so many reasons to celebrate Jewish life. The popular Instagram series, That Jewish Moment, has earned the affection of thousands of Jews of all ages, backgrounds, and parts of the globe. They unite by the vivid and heartfelt images of moments in Jewish life. As the readers turn the bright pages in this book, feelings of nostalgia, excitement, and pride will fill their hearts. This collection contains over 250 original illustrations and captions featuring the special Jewish moments in life, along with behind the scenes stories, interactive activities, and a bunch of never-been-seen-before drawings. Welcome to That Jewish Moment.

That You May Live Long

That You May Live Long

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That You May Live Long: Caring for Our Aging Parents, Caring for Ourselves offers Jewish perspectives on helping those close to us as they grow older as well as perspectives to help us deal with our own feelings of confusion and anguish at such times. This collection of essays by Jewish professionals based on Jewish text-based insights is interspersed with personal reflections of those involved in caring for an aging parent.
Eight Chapters of the Rambam

The 8 Chapters of the Rambam

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The 8 Chapters of the Rambam: Shemonah Perakim Discover eight chapters of wisdom, 800 years old. The Rambam's Shemonah Perakim, his classic introduction to Pirkei Avos, has long been considered an essential of Jewish thought and ethics. Now, you too, can tap into his wisdom with this first-ever, masterful English translation from Rabbi Yaakov Feldman that elucidates core Jewish beliefs, ethics, and principles of character development crucial to our growth as Torah Jews.

The Aggadic Mindset: How Talmudic Tales Shape the Jewish Outlook

The Aggadic Mindset: How Talmudic Tales Shape the Jewish Outlook

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The deceptively simple nature of the Aggada leads many to mistakenly view it as an entertaining diversion from the Halachic portions of the Talmud. Quite the contrary is true. The stories of the Talmud are Chazal’s exquisite manner of expressing profound lessons of Hashkafa, Torah outlook. InThe Aggadic Mindset, Rabbi Chaim and Binyamin Jachter extract meaning from more than sixty Talmudic tales and show their contemporary relevance. Their analysis develops a rich appreciation for the Aggada and a life-enhancing Aggadic mindset and worldview.

The Alternative

The Alternative

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A must read on the subject of Moshiach, "The Alternative" is a halachic analysis of the unfolding global and empirical Messianic events involving Yisrael and the nations. Rabbi Yehuda Schwartz, the author, presents a significant alternative to the rallying call of "We want Moshiach Now," delving into the halachic implications of the State of Israel's resurrection in 1948 on its ancient homeland. Until now, most students of the Redemption have only been taught half the possibility for Redemption, which is the achishena, the "hastened" mode, mainly because of political exigency. Within halachic parameters, "The Alternative" describes the be'itoh probability, "in its proper time," and as verified by empirical events of the last six decades of the State of Israel. The new school of thought no longer speaks of the "coming of Moshiach." Rather, modern understanding supports the probability that the Jewish nation, returned to its homeland through a series of "natural" events, is now preparing its infrastructure for the eventual appointment of the King of Israel by the future Sanhedrin. Rabbi Schwartz, for 30 years a student of the Gaon Harav Chaim Zimmerman, zt'l, has built this book based on the end of the Gemara Sota describing "the End of Days" and the depiction of the ikvata de'Meshicha, "the footsteps of Moshiach," and the beginning of the Gemara Megilla describing the atchalta de'Geula, "the beginning of the Redemption," and the logical process that follows that beginning. The significant difference in the language used and its implications for all mankind form the basis for this book.
CALL OF SINAI: DEEPER LOOK AT TORAH, THE OMER, AND THE FESTIVAL OF SHAVUOT

The Call of Sinai: A Deeper Look at Torah, The Omer and The Festival of Shavuos Hardcover

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Each year, as the festival of Shavuos approaches, a number of questions that are relevant the entire year-round take on a timely significance:

*What is Torah, exactly and what specific role does Torah study play?

*What does the Revelation at Sinai have to do with me in my day-to-day living?

*How was the Torah given, and why does it matter?

*How do the laws and customs of Shavuos reflect our receiving the Torah?

*How does counting the Omer prepare us for any of this?

Drawing on a wide array of sources from throughout the generations, renowned teacher and author Rabbi Immanuel Bernstein discusses these and many more fundamental questions, providing the reader with a deeper understanding of Torah, Shavuos and ultimately, Judaism itself.

ELUCIDATED TOMER DEVORAH

The Elucidated Tomer Devorah Hardcover

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Rabbi Moshe Cordovero s Tomer Devorah is a 16th century Torah classic, and its fundamental first chapter demonstrates how heaven and earth dynamically and positively influence one another whenever we exhibit compassion as we emulate each of the Creator s Thirteen Attributes of Mercy.

The ELUCIDATED TOMER DEVORAH provides a brilliant commentary to this essential first chapter, elaborating upon the difference between each of these 13 distinct aspects of compassion.

Through real-life examples, illuminating stories and insights from rabbinic sages, the author develops a practical blueprint for truly optimizing interpersonal relationships.

The text concludes with an essay of profound significance. Entitled Olam Katan (The human being is a microcosm of the universe), it discusses how the entire universe operates in response to man s deeds, which in turn, wield a great influence over everything that transpires in heaven and on earth. Written in a language and style that makes these lofty concepts engaging, accessible, and meaningful to all readers, the ELUCIDATED TOMER DEVORAH will alter and elevate the way you live and look at life.

GATES OF REPENTANCE- NEW ED

The Gates of Repentance- Shaarei Teshuvah (Torah Classics Library) (English and Hebrew Edition)

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Humankind is endowed with a Divine gift of free choice, which also means that individuals can err, and err often.

And so, built into the process of creation is the divine gift of repentance informing us that there are steps we can take to realign ourselves with the image and original intent of our Creator.

In Hebrew, the term for repentance is Teshuvah which literally means return indicating that when we correct ourselves, we are essentially returning to the Source.

In Hebrew, there is also a traditional text that has become the classic guide in detailing the process of return, entitled The Gates of Repentance.

For nearly a thousand years, this volume has served as a road-map of return for generations of readers, and now, it is available in a newly translated, extensively annotated, bi-lingual edition ready to inform and inspire new generations of readers.

Great Latke Hamantash Debate, The

The Great Latke-Hamantash Debate

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Creation versus evolution. Nature versus nurture. Free will versus determinism. Every November at the University of Chicago, the best minds in the world consider the question that ranks with these as one of the most enduring of human history: latke or hamantash? This great latke-hamantash debate, occurring every year for the past six decades, brings Nobel laureates, university presidents, and notable scholars together to debate whether the potato pancake or the triangular Purim pastry is in fact the worthier food.

What began as an informal gathering is now an institution that has been replicated on campuses nationwide. Highly absurd yet deeply serious, the annual debate is an
opportunity for both ethnic celebration and academic farce. In poetry, essays, jokes, and revisionist histories, members of elite American academies attack the latke-versus-hamantash question with intellectual panache and an unerring sense of humor, if not chutzpah. The Great Latke-Hamantash Debate is the first collection of the best of these performances, from Martha Nussbaum's paean to both foods--in the style of Hecuba's Lament--to Nobel laureate Leon Lederman's proclamation on the union of the celebrated dyad. The latke and the hamantash are here revealed as playing a critical role in everything from Chinese history to the Renaissance, the works of Jane Austen to constitutional law.

Philosopher and humorist Ted Cohen supplies a wry foreword, while anthropologist Ruth Fredman Cernea provides historical and social context as well as an overview of the Jewish holidays, latke and hamantash recipes, and a glossary of Yiddish and Hebrew terms, making the book accessible even to the uninitiated. The University of Chicago may have split the atom in 1942, but it's still working on the equally significant issue of the latke versus the hamantash.

"As if we didn't have enough on our plates, here's something new to argue about. . . . To have to pick between sweet and savory, round and triangular, latke and hamantash. How to choose? . . . Thank goodness one of our great universities--Chicago, no less--is on the case. For more than 60 years, it has staged an annual latke-hamantash debate. . . . So, is this book funny? Of course it's funny, even laugh-out-loud funny. It's Mickey Katz in academic drag, Borscht Belt with a PhD."--David Kaufmann, Forward

HANDBOOK OF JEWISH THOUGHT I

The Handbook of Jewish Thought, Volume 1

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THE NESHAMAH

The Neshamah: A Study of the Human Soul Paperback

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A Study of the Human Soul in Jewish Thought

Nineteen Letters

The Nineteen Letters: The World of Rabbi SR Hirsch Hardcover

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The veracity of Judaism is always being challenged in every age, in every culture. So what is Judaism s response?

 

First published in 1836, The Nineteen Letters a written correspondence between a Rabbi and a student in doubt as to the meaning and value of his Jewish identity - remains as relevant today as when it first appeared.

In upholding the tenets of Judaism, the author tackles the issues of assimilation, secularism, modernity, reform, and the difference between a self-centered world-view vs. a God-centered world-view.

 

Grounded in history and tradition, and spanning the theological, philosophical, and the practical, the author shows how a life steeped in adherence to Divine commands leads to an uplifting experience of profound meaning and personal fulfillment.

 

This enduring classic now includes an in-depth, contemporary commentary, and the result is an inspiring guide to a renewed appreciation of Judaism: both a brilliant portrayal of the Torah s timeless teachings and a unique presentation of its relevance in our own day and age 

The Return of Israel and the Hope of the World

The Return of Israel and the Hope of the World

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On one side, the brutal defeat of a two thousand year old civilization, whose complete moral structures collapsed. On the other side, the resurrection of a people, set apart for more than 3,000 years in order to introduce to humanity the eternal message of the prophets. But between the anxiety of a damaged civilization and the hope of a young nation returning to the supernatural heritage of its roots, the choice can seem uncertain still. Abraham Livni draws from the traditional sources of Jewish thought and analyzes the reasons for the failure of a civilization who had attempted to strip the ancient people of Israel of their Land, of their Bible and of their identity. He allows us to discover in the history of the Jewish people the backbone of the complete human adventure, witnessing History, prototype, carrier of the only hope of salvation for the modern world. Abraham Livni was 20 years old when he discovered the horror of the Holocaust. He then searched to solve the mystery of anti-Semitic hate. A long intellectual and spiritual quest drove him to Judaism and to settle in Jerusalem in the 1960s.Published in 1984 and re-edited several times since, the Return of Israel and The Hope of the World has overwhelmed thousands of readers, Jews and non-Jews alike in the Francophone world. At a time where the State of Israel arouses powerful controversies, it remains a burning issue. The book was translated into Hebrew and is creating a real stir in Israel; it has also been translated into Spanish and Russian.

THE RETURN TO ZION: ADDRESSES ON RELIGIOUS ZIONISM AND AMERICAN ORTHODOXY

THE RETURN TO ZION: ADDRESSES ON RELIGIOUS ZIONISM AND AMERICAN ORTHODOXY

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Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (known simply as “the Rav”) was the Torah giant of the last century long aliated with Religious Zionism. His addresses delivered at major conferences and conventions of Mizrachi Organization of America and Hapoel Hamizrachi of America were the high point of these gatherings, as the Rav mesmerized his audience with perceptive observations on the state of American and Israeli Jewry as well as the nature of Religious Zionism. is book contains ten of those discourses, translated from the original Yiddish, delivered by the Rav between 1939 and 1958 against the backdrop of the Holocaust and the newly-emerging State of Israel. e Rav’s stirring and profound words from one of most challenging periods in Jewish history are timeless and powerful messages of the unending drama of Jewish destiny. FROM THE RETURN TO ZION: In my opinion, it is here that the religious conception of the ideology of the return to Zion lies hidden. I do not refer simply to the mitzvah to settle the land or to other mitzvot connected with the land. Much more depends on this: the entire character of Judaism and its essence. Will Judaism remain a unidimensional line or a twodimensional plane, or will it be transformed into an all-encompassing space – long, wide, and deep, with distant horizons and unending boundaries – in a word: a true worldview? I believe that, even with the best of intentions, Diaspora Jewry cannot accomplish this. Observance can exist but not a multidimensional Jewish society. is is not simply some abstract reection but an actual necessity if we expect that out of Gehenna will emerge a new Jewish persona with a new view of life, a new system of values, who will make the great paradox of Abraham’s covenantal vision, of Moses’ “e Lord! the Lord! a God compassionate and gracious,” a reality; who will bring us both into contact with world culture and into tension with it. Contact and participation, but also tension and opposition – this is the prophetic ideal of “And a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn,” and this can only be fullled in the Land of Israel.

REVELATION AT SINAI

The Revelation at Sinai: What Does “Torah from Heaven” Mean? Hardcover

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The Bible contains commands and narratives that are the foundations of Jewish tradition and Western Civilization. Both the narratives and the law constitute what Jewish tradition calls Torah from heaven, God’s communication to mankind, which reaches its greatest form in God’s revelation of the Torah to Moses at Sinai. What is so important about God’s revelation to Moses at Sinai? How are we to understand what happened there and why does Judaism consider this event essential? This volume takes a fresh look at the idea of Torah from heaven. It includes eleven new essays within the tradition of Orthodox Judaism, which together examine the historical, theological, and philosophical aspects of the giving of the Torah at Sinai.