In this collection of Torah essays, ... "Held probes the portions in bold, original, and provocative ways. He mines Talmud and midrashim, great writers of world literature, and .. commentators of other religious backgrounds to ponder fundamental questions about God, human nature, and what it means to be a religious person in the modern world"--Back cover.
In The Heart of Torah, Rabbi Shai Held’s Torah essays—two for each weekly portion—open new horizons in Jewish biblical commentary. Held probes the portions in bold, original, and provocative ways. He mines Talmud and midrashim, great writers of world literature, and astute commentators of other religious backgrounds to ponder fundamental questions about God, human nature, and what it means to be a religious person in the modern world. Along the way, he illuminates the centrality of empathy in Jewish ethics, the predominance of divine love in Jewish theology, the primacy of gratitude and generosity, and God’s summoning of each of us—with all our limitations—into the dignity of a covenantal relationship.
The commentaries that accompany the Torah, Haftarah, and Apostolic Scripture portions are from the heart of Mordecai Silver, A Messianic Jewish Believer in Yeshua. We believe that you will be uplifted and encouraged by what Mordecai has to share with the Whole House of Israel. This is Volume 2 of 10 Volumes.
In this second volume of the classic CCAR publication, you'll find a compilation of multiple commentaries written by CCAR members on every parashah, including holiday portions. A great resource for d'var Torah preparation for lay leaders and clergy alike, this volume makes a great gift for students, teachers, and congregational leaders.
Hasidism, a great movement of spiritual revival within Judaism, began in 18th-century Eastern Europe and continues to have great influence on Jewish life today. A key tool of this revival was the oral sermon, using novel mystical readings of the Torah to open people's minds to thinking more profoundly about the texts and how the wisdom relates directly to their own lives. While Hasidic tales have become widely known to modern audiences, the teachings that stand at the very heart of Hasidism have remained a closed book for all except scholars. This fascinating selection, following the weekly Torah reading and the holiday cycle, and featured in English and Hebrew, renders them accessible in an extraordinary way.
This expanded, completely updated and revised edition of the highly acclaimed The Jewish Baby Book includes new ceremonies, a special selection of poems and prayers for use in baby ceremonies, and a section for interfaith families. A unique directory of names that reflect the diveristy of the Jewish experience is included.