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On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz: 25 Years of Pre-Dawn Car Trips, Mind-Blowing Encounters, and Inspiring Conversations with a Man of Wisdom

On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz: 25 Years of Pre-Dawn Car Trips, Mind-Blowing Encounters, and Inspiring Conversations with a Man of Wisdom

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By (author) Adin Steinsaltz, By (author) Arthur Kurzweil

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  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S.
  • Format: Hardback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 213mm x 31mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 22 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0787983241
  • ISBN 13: 9780787983246
  • Sales rank: 923,867

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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz is internationally regarded as one of the most brilliant and influential rabbis of our time. He has been lauded by Time magazine as a "once-in-a-millennium scholar" and by Ted Koppel of Night Line as "one of the very few wise men that I've ever met." Arthur Kurzweil-himself a Jewish scholar, author, teacher, and publisher-has been a disciple of Rabbi Steinsaltz's for over 25 years, as well as the Rabbi's designated chauffer in the United States. While stuck in countless traffic jams and attending the Rabbi's lectures at universities, government agencies, synagogues and seminars, Arthur Kurzweil has had the rare opportunity of personally learning from his inspired teacher and has become intimately familiar with the Rabbi's wisdom and teachings.

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Arthur Kurzweil is a writer and teacher, and serves as publisher at Parabola magazine. He is the editor of Best Jewish Writing 2003 and author of From Generation to Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Family History and co-editor of The Hadassah Jewish Family Book of Health and Wellness.

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"Steinsaltz's gifts as a scientist, mathematician, skeptic and man of God results in a 'wholeness of vision' that helps Kurzweil transform his life and motivates him to encourage readers to mine Steinsaltz's genius for themselves." (Publishers Weekly, August 14, 2006)

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Praise for Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz "Jewish lore is filled with tales of formidable rabbis. Probably none living today can compare in genius and influence to Adin Steinsaltz." --"Newsweek""If Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz lived in the United States, he would likely be on the cover of Science or Time. His fiction might appear in The New Yorker, and op-ed pages of metropolitan dailies would invite his views on politics and society." --"Washington Post"Most of my private time with Rabbi Steinsaltz has been in my car, with me behind the wheel and the Rabbi smoking his pipe in the passenger seat. I've written this book to share some of these moments in the hope they'll nourish you as they have me.I invite you to come along for the ride. --From the Introduction by Arthur Kurzweil

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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz is internationally regarded as one of the most brilliant and influential rabbis of our time. He has been lauded by Time magazine as a "once-in-a-millennium scholar" and by Ted Koppel of Night Line as "one of the very few wise men that I've ever met."Arthur Kurzweil--himself a Jewish scholar, author, teacher, and publisher--has been a disciple of Rabbi Steinsaltz's for over 25 years, as well as the Rabbi's designated chauffer in the United States. While stuck in countless traffic jams and attending the Rabbi's lectures at universities, government agencies, synagogues, and seminars, Arthur Kurzweil has had the rare opportunity of personally learning from his inspired teacher and has become intimately familiar with the Rabbi's wisdom and teachings.On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz presents an intimate portrait of this wise and holy man as he has never been seen before as Kurzweil shares the Rabbi's most personal, humorous, and inspiring tales.You will feel like a backseat passenger in Arthur's car as he and Rabbi Steinsaltz discuss provocative issues such as: How can we develop a personal relationship with God?What are some of the sublime ideas contained in Kabbalah?Why has God created a world with so much suffering in it?Can we be religious and live fully in the world?How can we tell what is important and what is unimportant in this life?Can we be religious and keep our sense of humor?Throughout the book Arthur Kurzweil also shares Rabbi Steinsaltz's views and teachings on Jewish identity and the role of Jews in modern society. So grab your overcoat and come along for a ride with Rabbi Steinsaltz and Arthur Kurzweil--a ride that could very well change your life.

Table of contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. INTRODUCTION: Becoming the Rabbi's Driver: Stepping Down to a Higher Position (1980-1985). I "A Series of Small Turnings" (1986). II "Let My People Know" (1989). III "Kabbalah Is the Official Theology of the Jewish People" (1998). IV "Make the Lives of Your Teachers as Miserable as Possible" (2001). V "If You Think You've Arrived, You're Lost" (2005). Notes. The Author. Index.