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Outpouring of the Soul

Outpouring of the Soul

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"When the summer begins to approach, go out to meditate in the meadows. When every bush of the field begins to return to life and grow, they all yearn to be included in your prayer." Rebbe Nachman emphasized the greatness of spontaneous, improvised prayer uttered in one's own language and springing from the heart -- hitbodedut. This handbook of his teachings on prayer includes Rabbi Kaplan's scholarly introduction setting hitbodedut in its context in the history of Jewish prayer and meditation.

When the summer begins to approach, go out to meditate in the meadows. When every bush of the field begins to return to life and grow, they all yearn to be included in your prayer. Rebbe Nachman gave pride of place to the spontaneous, improvised prayer uttered in one's own language and springing from the heart hitbodedut. This handbook of his teachings on prayer includes Rabbi Kaplan's scholarly introduction setting hitbodedut in its context in the history of Jewish prayer and meditation.

Outside Inside: A Fresh Look at Tzniut

Outside Inside: A Fresh Look at Tzniut

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In a refreshing, straightforward style, the author of 'The Magic Touch' addresses the subject of tzniut, modesty, providing insight and inspiration for all.

PATH OF THE JUST PCKT ED

Path of the Just (Pocket Edition)

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A completely redone version of a treasured classic. This newly translated volume, complete with facing Hebrew-English text and shoulder captions for clarity, revitalizes the study of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto's classic ethical work. The Path of the Just has long been regarded as the crown-jewel of mussar study. The Gaon of Vilna constantly kept a copy of Mesillas Yesharim at his side, and yet the piercing wisdom of the Ramchal is just as relevant to our own lives. The author gently guides the reader through various levels of character refinement, shining a beacon of life on the path to perfection.

Path of the Just- New Ed.

Path of the Just- New Ed.

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Of all creatures, only the human being was created incomplete in the sense that one must pay conscientious attention over the course of a lifetime to develop and refine one s character and personality.

In the Jewish tradition, this development takes on a sacred dimension, and one of the classic guides to outline a clear, progressive path toward spiritual perfection is The Path of the Just.

 

Beginning with an essential essay on Man's Duty in this World, the author methodically charts a course of personal growth like climbing the rungs of a spiritual ladder that ultimately leads to true humility and holiness.

 

The all-new English translation in this current edition captures the nuance and subtle wording of the original Hebrew, and also features convenient shoulder captions that provide an ongoing synopsis of key points in the text.

 

Life is designed to be a soul-stretching experience and The Path of the Just is a manual especially designed to maximize one s spiritual potential.

Permission to Believe: Four Rational Approaches to God's Existence

Permission to Believe: Four Rational Approaches to God's Existence

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The most perplexing question of all times: does God really exist?
And is it really irrational to believe so?

World renowned lecturer and educator Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen, Harvard graduate, examines the case for God in this intellectually groundbreaking book. A well-researched and footnoted work, this is an essential read for any individual with intellectual curiosity and spiritual thirst, and anyone who is involved in Jewish outreach.

Permission to Receive: Four Rational Approaches to the Torah's Divine Origin

Permission to Receive: Four Rational Approaches to the Torah's Divine Origin

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Four rational approaches to the Torah's Divine Origin, for those who value both intellectual integrity and the Jewish spiritual inheritance.

Is the Torah really Divine?

In this sequel to the groundbreaking work Permission to Believe, world renowned lecturer and educator Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen, Harvard graduate, presents four rational reasons to support the Divine origin of the Torah. Those who passionately value both intellectual integrity and their spiritual inheritance and those separated from their Jewish heritage only by healthy skepticism, will find in this book Permission to Receive.

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Sacks argues that faiths must remain open to criticism, keep alive their separate communities and still contribute far more to national debates on moral issues. they m, ust also learn to get along better. His thesis is that we still live under a Biblical canopy and that a cohesive morality needs the uniting bonds of faith. Confidence in a faith is a subtle quality and lack of it shows in many ways, some contradictory. Dr Sacks has that confidence and the quiet charisma to communicate it. The subject of this book - religions and ethics- is good ground for him to build on: The Jewish contribution to ethics is distinctly rational and has a long and illustrious tradition. Moral philosophy is after all a Jewish preoccupation. In recent years, he writes, religion has taken us unawares. The rise of the Moral Majority in the USA, the Islamic Revolution, the growth of religious parties in Israel, the power of Catholicism in Poland and the African continent all run contrary to the basic thesis that modernity and secularization went hand in hand and could almost be regarded as synonyms. Instead and against all prediction religion has resurfaced in the public domain. In this book Sacks argues the case for a broadly based return to tradition within the context of religious pluralism and tolerance. Religious values remain a strong force within our culture to be renewed. For our society to be viable indeed they must be renewed.

Philisophical Quest

Philisophical Quest

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This volume includes discussions of the axiological principles of faith that define the essence of Judaism, analyses of particular principles such as the nature of the Deity, providence, prophecy and revelation. Other topics addressed are tikkun olam and Jewish responsibilities in a non-Jewish society and obligations derived from natural law or a moral conscience.
Philosophy of Joseph B. Soloveichik

Philosophy of Joseph B. Soloveichik

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Providing a concise but comprehensive overview of Joseph B. Soloveitchik's larger philosophical program, this book studies one of the most important modern Orthodox Jewish thinkers. It incorporates much relevant biographical, philosophical, religious, legal, and historical background so that the content and difficult philosophical concepts are easily accessible.

The volume describes his view of Jewish law (Halakhah) and how he answers the fundamental question of Jewish philosophy, namely, the "reasons" for the commandments. It shows how many of his disparate books, essays, and lectures on law, specific commandments, and Jewish religious phenomenology can be woven together to form an elegant philosophical program. It also provides an analysis and summary of Soloveitchik's views on Zionism and on interreligious dialogue and the contexts for Soloveitchik's respective stances on issues that were pressing in his role as a leader of a major branch of post-war Orthodox Judaism.

The book provides a synoptic overview of the philosophical works of Joseph B. Soloveitchik. It will be of interest to historians and scholars studying neo-Kantian philosophy, Jewish thought, and philosophy of religion.

Providing a concise but comprehensive overview of Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s larger philosophical program, this book studies one of the most important modern Orthodox Jewish thinkers. It incorporates much relevant biographical, philosophical, religious, legal, and historical background so that the content and difficult philosophical concepts are easily accessible.

The volume describes his view of Jewish law (Halakhah) and how he answers the fundamental question of Jewish philosophy, namely, the “reasons” for the commandments. It shows how many of his disparate books, essays, and lectures on law, specific commandments, and Jewish religious phenomenology can be woven together to form an elegant philosophical program. It also provides an analysis and summary of Soloveitchik’s views on Zionism and on interreligious dialogue and the contexts for Soloveitchik’s respective stances on issues that were pressing in his role as a leader of a major branch of post-war Orthodox Judaism.

The book provides a synoptic overview of the philosophical works of Joseph B. Soloveitchik. It will be of interest to historians and scholars studying neo-Kantian philosophy, Jewish thought, and philosophy of religion.

PRACTICAL TANYA 1.

PRACTICAL TANYA 1.

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Includes All 53 chapters of the Tanya in one book! An astoundingly clear adaptation of Tanya, one of the most influential works of Jewish spiritual thought ever written, penned by Chasidic Rebbe, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812). This new translation and commentary, by best-selling author Chaim Miller, renders the text relevant for the contemporary reader with elegant simplicity. The Practical Tanya will guide you on the path of spiritual consciousness to a state of inner freedom and liberation.

PRACTICAL TANYA VOL. 2

PRACTICAL TANYA VOL. 2

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Includes All 53 chapters of the Tanya in one book! An astoundingly clear adaptation of Tanya, one of the most influential works of Jewish spiritual thought ever written, penned by Chasidic Rebbe, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812). This new translation and commentary, by best-selling author Chaim Miller, renders the text relevant for the contemporary reader with elegant simplicity. The Practical Tanya will guide you on the path of spiritual consciousness to a state of inner freedom and liberation.

Principled Uncertainty

Principled Uncertainty

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“The keen analysis of the superior scientist and the sincere searching of a passionate religious soul are beautifully merged in this magnificent work by Dr. Ari Tuchman. Even those of us who are less well versed in quantum physics cannot fail to share in the sense of awe, profundity and spiritual elevation that emerges from reading this book.” – Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman, Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary “The compatibility or incompatibility of science and theology, and Jewish philosophy in particular, has long been a topic of discussion by experts from both sides. In this very original book, Dr. Ari Tuchman introduces quantum mechanics into the picture and sheds a deep and surprising light into an old arena, about which we had thought nothing new could be said.” – Prof. Alexander Lubotzky, Weizmann Institute of Science, 2018 Israel Prize Winner in Mathematics and Computer Science, Former member of Knesset Principled Uncertainty explores how quantum mechanics can provide a lens to approaching theological challenges. Focusing mainly on the theology of Maimonides, Dr. Tuchman demonstrates how quantum mechanics can provide novel solutions to ancient tensions between logic and tradition. Theological inconsistencies magnified by a reliance on classical physics are revisited considering quantum innovation. This work examines Maimonides’ theories of providence, prayer, miracles and the infinity of the Divine, by leveraging analogies from contemporary quantum thought. These analyses provide a framework for extracting theological underpinnings of conflicting Rabbinic views on creation, the boundaries between earth and heaven, and the possibility of the Divine-human relationship. This volume encourages a rational believer to utilize modern scientific advances to uncover new insights into the traditional notion of an immanent and approachable God. Ari Tuchman is an atomic physicist and entrepreneur who has spent his career extracting hidden information.

RABBI'S BRAIN: MYSTICS, MODERNS AND THE SCIENCE OF JEWISH THINKING

RABBI'S BRAIN: MYSTICS, MODERNS AND THE SCIENCE OF JEWISH THINKING

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The topic of "Neurotheology" has garnered increasing attention in the academic, religious, scientific, and popular worlds. However, there have been no attempts at exploring more specifically how Jewish religious thought and experience may intersect with neurotheology. The Rabbi's Brain engages this groundbreaking area. Topics included relate to a neurotheological approach to the foundational beliefs that arise from the Torah and associated scriptures, Jewish learning, an exploration of the different elements of Judaism (i.e. reform, conservative, and orthodox), an exploration of specifically Jewish practices (i.e. Davening, Sabbath, Kosher), and a review of Jewish mysticism. The Rabbi's Brain engages these topics in an easy to read style and integrates the scientific, religious, philosophical, and theological aspects of the emerging field of neurotheology. By reviewing the concepts in a stepwise, simple, yet thorough discussion, readers regardless of their background, will be able to understand the complexities and breadth of neurotheology from the Jewish perspective. More broadly, issues will include a review of the neurosciences and neuroscientific techniques; religious and spiritual experiences; theological development and analysis; liturgy and ritual; epistemology, philosophy, and ethics; and social implications, all from the Jewish perspective.

Radical Then, Radical Now

Radical Then, Radical Now

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The Jewish People in its very being constitutes a living protest against a world of hatred, violence and war. Radical Then, Radical Now is a popwerful testimony to the amazing resilience of the Jeqwish people who have, through their endurance of four thousand years of persecution and exile, earned a unique place in history. Without land or power, they created an identity for themaselves throguh their shared dreams of freedom, justice, dignity and human rights.

yet far more than Jewish history is contained withoin the pages of this book. Jonathan Sacks reminds us all of the l;egacy of those dreams and of our responsibility to our fellow man. he challenegs us to build a better woprld.

'Of all the questions of life, the two most penetrating are ' Who Am ? Who Are We? Rabbi Sacks answers beautifully. On matters of faith he is one of my favourite writers'

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Scholar at The American Enterprise Institute







Rationalism vs. Mysticism: Schisms in Traditional Jewish Thought

Rationalism vs. Mysticism: Schisms in Traditional Jewish Thought

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KNOWLEDGE Do we obtain reliable knowledge about the world from ongoing supernatural revelation, or from scientific investigation? NATURE Is it preferable to perceive God as working through nature, or through supernatural miracles? Are we surrounded by all kinds of supernatural forces and entities, such as demons and the Evil Eye? MITZVOTDo the commandments function to change our thoughts and behavior, or to manipulate mystical forces? Is Torah a Divine guide for life, or is it also a metaphysical blueprint for creation with all kinds of supernatural qualities? Rationalism vs. Mysticism is a thorough study of how these questions were answered very differently by various rabbinic scholars over history, reflecting two fundamentally different views of the nature of Judaism. Part One is an overview of many different aspects of these divergent schools of thought and their consequences, while Part Two contains in-depth studies of several topics. Rationalism vs. Mysticism will profoundly deepen your understanding of Judaism and many of the intellectual conflicts that have arisen in Jewish history.

Rav Avigdor Miller on Emunah and Bitachon

Rav Avigdor Miller on Emunah and Bitachon

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Rav Miller's words come to life in this fascinating new book!

Virtually every decision we make is affected by our grasp of the principles of emunah and bitachon (faith and trust in Hashem). But where do we turn to gain clarity about these issues, to find answers to our many questions?

Rav Avigdor Miller, zt l, answered that need for thousands of Jews, and more than a decade after his passing, he continues to do so. Rav Miller left behind a vast legacy of recorded shiurim and writings. Now, thanks to the efforts of Rabbi Yaakov Astor, an important part of that legacy has been transformed into this monumental book.

The themes of emunah and bitachon permeated a great many of Rav Miller s shiurim and seforim, but the material was scattered in many different places and was thus hard to access. Now, that eye-opening material has been collected, assembled and organized into a fascinating question-and-answer book, a book that will answer your questions and bring you clarity when you need it most. Rav Miller s bold, straightforward approach sheds a brilliant light on the most troubling, thorny issues that confront us. His crystal clear Torah wisdom will profoundly impact your life.

This sefer will surely enlighten and inspire every reader. - Rabbi Shmuel Miller, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva Gedolah Bais Yisroel

Reaching For Heaven

Reaching For Heaven

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A unifying thread in the prolific writings of Rabbi Steinsaltz was the intent to arouse and inspire his readers to live life more meaningfully and more spiritually. He frequently quoted the Rebbe of Kotzk, whose answer to the question of what human beings should see as the goal of their existence, was: 'Human beings were created to raise the heavens.' The ideas presented in this book can be seen as small rays of the brilliant light emanating from the mind of Rabbi Steinsaltz, their purpose being to awaken the hearts and thoughts of others.

A unifying thread in the prolific writings of Rabbi Steinsaltz was the intent to arouse and inspire his readers to live life more meaningfully and more spiritually. He frequently quoted the Rebbe of Kotzk, whose answer to the question of what human beings should see as the goal of their existence, was: 'Human beings were created to raise the heavens.' The ideas presented in this book can be seen as small rays of the brilliant light emanating from the mind of Rabbi Steinsaltz, their purpose being to awaken the hearts and thoughts of others.

Reading the Rav: Exploring Religious Themes in the Thought of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik P/B

Reading the Rav: Exploring Religious Themes in the Thought of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik P/B

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Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, ztz"l, was one of the most prominent teachers of Modern Orthodox Jewry. Dr. Moshe Sokolow, Associate Dean of the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education, collects fourteen articles and essays about how Rabbi Soloveitchik understood ideas central to Jewish life, such as the relationship between man and God, the role and centrality of prayer from historical and philosophical perspectives, belief in redemption, the role of Zionism in Judaism, and many others. Dr. Sokolow masterfully weaves in Talmudic, traditional, and modern sources to provide the reader with a deeper understanding of the Rav's position, and a broader grasp of the full range of Jewish approaches to these fundamental questions.
Reading the Sacred Text:The Essential Torah

Reading the Sacred Text:The Essential Torah

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Understanding the sacred text has been a wonderful yet elusive challenge through the ages. This book is a reading of the Bible, accessible to readers of all backgrounds and levels of familiarity with the biblical text. In contrast to previous works on the subject, Reading the Sacred Text focuses on the true meaning of the biblical text rather than the metaphorical or mystical interpretations. It retells, in a captivating and easy-to-follow narrative, the story of the Five Books of Moses, the first books of the Bible.

Understanding the sacred text has been a wonderful yet elusive challenge through the ages. This book is a reading of the Bible, accessible to readers of all backgrounds and levels of familiarity with the biblical text. In contrast to previous works on the subject, Reading the Sacred Text focuses on the true meaning of the biblical text rather than the metaphorical or mystical interpretations. It retells, in a captivating and easy-to-follow narrative, the story of the Five Books of Moses, the first books of the Bible.

Reason to Believe: Rational Explanations of Orthodox Jewish Faith

Reason to Believe: Rational Explanations of Orthodox Jewish Faith

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Reason to Believe is veritable tour de force in defense of Orthodox Jewish faith. The author, a veteran teacher of Judaic Studies, an internationally known rabbi and dayan, faces the tough questions and perennial doubts head-on and offers compelling evidence in favor of Orthodoxy from science, philosophy, history, and Jewish tradition. A valuable and timely resource for those who seek answers, Reason to Believe will also anchor and amplify the faith of those who feel secure in their Orthodox beliefs and lifestyle.

Reason to Believe is a veritable tour de force in defense of Orthodox Jewish faith. The author, a veteran teacher of Judaic Studies, an internationally known rabbi and dayan, faces the tough questions and perennial doubts head-on and offers compelling evidence in favor of Orthodoxy from science, philosophy, history, and Jewish tradition. A valuable and timely resource for those who seek answers, Reason to Believe will also anchor and amplify the faith of those who feel secure in their Orthodox beliefs and lifestyle.

REBBE NACHMAN'S WISDOM

REBBE NACHMAN'S WISDOM

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This classic work collects Rebbe Nachman's conversations and teachings ranging from comments on practical everyday topics to fundamental teachings about joy, faith and meditation, and explanations of the mystical kabbalah. The conversations were recorded verbatim, giving a vivid picture of the atmosphere surrounding the master, his wit, directness and wisdom. Also included is an account of Rebbe Nachman's adventure-filled pilgrimage to the Holy Land at the height of the Napoleonic wars in 1798.

Rebbe Nachman left behind a wealth of lessons, aphorisms and parables to guide future generations on their spiritual path. But we would never know the man behind the teachings were it not for Shevachey and Sichot HaRan, the life and conversations of Rebbe Nachman. Compiled by the Rebbe’s closest disciple, Reb Noson, these works show us Rebbe Nachman at his most simple and direct – talking informally with those who were closest to him, giving practical spiritual advice to those who came to him for guidance. Often, as his apparently mundane conversations unfolded, he was led to some of his greatest revelations and teachings. Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom, the English translation of Shevachey and Sichot HaRan, remains one of the most important books of Breslov. It was also the first to be translated into English in 1973. This second revised edition of Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom retains the flavor of the original while adding many useful new features: · Completely re-typeset with an elegant font and appealing page design · New page headers allow the reader to quickly locate each numbered lesson · Errors and missing lessons in the original have been corrected and added · A full index and glossary of Hebrew terms has been added · Includes a daily division of the text Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan’s wonderful translation shines through, making this classic Breslov work accessible to contemporary readers. For in Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom you will come face to face with Rebbe Nachman himself, and hear from his lips the best way to succeed in your own spiritual journey. This extensively revised edition (June 2015) has been completely re-typeset and redesigned using current techniques. In addition, a day-by-day plan has been added for readers who wish to study this work on a daily basis.

Rebbe, the Messiah and the Scandal of Orthodox Indifference

Rebbe, the Messiah and the Scandal of Orthodox Indifference

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This book is a history, an indictment, a lament, and an appeal, focusing on the messianic trend in Lubavitch hasidism. It demonstrates how those who affirm the dead Rebbe's messiahship have abandoned a Jewish core belief in favor of the doctrine of a second coming. It also decries the equanimity with which the standard- bearers of Orthodoxy have legitimated this development by continuing to recognize such believers as Orthodox Jews in good standing. This abandonment of the age-old Jewish resistance to a quintessentially Christian belief is a development of striking importance for the history of religions, and it is an earthquake in the history of Judaism. David Berger chronicles this development from a personal viewpoint. He describes the growing concern that impelled him to undertake an anti-messianist campaign - publications, correspondence, and the sponsorship of a Rabbinical Council of America resolution excluding this belief from authentic Judaism. He argues that a large number, almost certainly a substantial majority, of Lubavitch hasidism believe in the Rebbe's messiahship; a significant segment, including educators in the central institutions of the movement, maintain a theology that goes beyond posthumous messianism to the affirmation that the Rebbe is pure divinity. While many Jews see Lubavitch as a marginal phenomenon, its influence is in fact so remarkable that its representatives are poised to dominate Orthodox religious institutions in several major countries throughout the world. This book analyzes the boundaries of Judaism's messianic faith and its conception of God. It assesses the threat posed by Lubavitch messianists and points to the consequences, ranging from undermining a fundamental argument against the Christian mission to calling into question the kosher status of many foods and ritual objects prepared under Lubavitch supervision. Finally, it proposes a strategy to protect authentic Judaism from this assault. David Berger is Professor of History at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a Fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research, and from 1998 to 2000 was President of the Association for Jewish Studies. He is the author of The Jewish-Christian Debate in the High Middle Ages and co-author of Judaism's Encounter with Other Cultures: Rejection or Integration?.

This book is a history, an indictment, a lament, and an appeal, focusing on the messianic trend in Lubavitch hasidism. It demonstrates how those who affirm the dead Rebbe's messiahship have abandoned a Jewish core belief in favor of the doctrine of a second coming. It also decries the equanimity with which the standard- bearers of Orthodoxy have legitimated this development by continuing to recognize such believers as Orthodox Jews in good standing. This abandonment of the age-old Jewish resistance to a quintessentially Christian belief is a development of striking importance for the history of religions, and it is an earthquake in the history of Judaism. David Berger chronicles this development from a personal viewpoint. He describes the growing concern that impelled him to undertake an anti-messianist campaign - publications, correspondence, and the sponsorship of a Rabbinical Council of America resolution excluding this belief from authentic Judaism. He argues that a large number, almost certainly a substantial majority, of Lubavitch hasidism believe in the Rebbe's messiahship; a significant segment, including educators in the central institutions of the movement, maintain a theology that goes beyond posthumous messianism to the affirmation that the Rebbe is pure divinity. While many Jews see Lubavitch as a marginal phenomenon, its influence is in fact so remarkable that its representatives are poised to dominate Orthodox religious institutions in several major countries throughout the world. This book analyzes the boundaries of Judaism's messianic faith and its conception of God. It assesses the threat posed by Lubavitch messianists and points to the consequences, ranging from undermining a fundamental argument against the Christian mission to calling into question the kosher status of many foods and ritual objects prepared under Lubavitch supervision. Finally, it proposes a strategy to protect authentic Judaism from this assault. David Berger is Professor of History at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a Fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research, and from 1998 to 2000 was President of the Association for Jewish Studies. He is the author of The Jewish-Christian Debate in the High Middle Ages and co-author of Judaism's Encounter with Other Cultures: Rejection or Integration?.

Return

Return

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RETURN is a sefer, not a book. It presents an in-depth understanding of the mitzvos and tefillos of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkos, in a new light.

THIS LIGHT, the light from the ohr ha’ganuz (the hidden light) was originally revealed in the sifrei Maharal. After centuries of neglect, it was rekindled for the Torah world by the appearance of the famous maamarim of Hagaon Harav Yitzchak Hutner, zt”l, and recorded in his sefarim, Pachad Yitzchak.

“He was planted in this generation to bring light to the world and all who dwell in it - a new light”

(From the inscription on his tombstone)

A commentary to enlighten the hearts of the probers of Torah. The spirit of Rav Hutner is evident.

Rav Moshe Shternbuch

He has plumbed the depths of the deep waters of Torah, and drawn its secrets, with acumen and richness.

Rav Aaron Schechter

I sensed the aroma of the perfume shop of my father-in-law’s Torah, transmitted with sweetness and wisdom.

Rav Yonasan David

His very being is suffused to the source - the well of pure waters, the Torah of Rav Yitzchock Hutner.
Rav Alster himself has become a well of pure waters.

Rav Moshe Shapiro

Return and Renewal

Return and Renewal

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The process of repentance, teshuva, presents each of us with both challenges and opportunities. While self-scrutiny, confession, and commitment to change are among the most difficult human undertakings, the very process of renewing and reconnecting -to ourselves and to God - is a gift that can fundamentally repair us, our communities, and society at large.

In his annual discourses on repentance, Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein zt'l set out to make the elusive path of teshuva more navigable. Return and Renewal collects twelve of these public lectures, adapted for print by Michael S. Berger and Reuven Ziegler. In these essays, Rabbi Lichtenstein marshals a broad array of Jewish sources, along with classics of the Western tradition and his own sensitivity to the human condition, to examine the psychological, emotional, and spiritual elements of sin and repentance. By exploring the habits and impulses that may prevent enduring change or abet it, Return and Renewal provides a high-resolution map of our spiritual lives as we embark on our journeys of religious growth.

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Elegant, passionate, and filled with the love of God's creation, Abraham Joshua Heschel's The Sabbath has been hailed as a classic of Jewish spirituality ever since its original publication-and has been read by thousands of people seeking meaning in modern life.

In this brief yet profound meditation on the meaning of the Seventh Day, Heschel introduced the idea of an "architecture of holiness" that appears not in space but in time Judaism, he argues, is a religion of time: it finds meaning not in space and the material things that fill it but in time and the eternity that imbues it, so that "the Sabbaths are our great cathedrals."

Featuring black-and-white illustrations by Ilya Schor