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Taking Hold of Torah : Jewish Commitment and Community in America

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Now in paperback!Taking Hold of TorahJewish Commitment and Community in AmericaArnold M. EisenA personal meditation on the meaning of Judaism today and a vision for revitalizing Jewish community and tradition in America.Arnold M. Eisen offers a personal plea for-and a vision of-the revitalizing of American Judaism through a renewed relationship to Jewish tradition and the strengthening of Jewish communities." -Jewish Book News...required reading for Jewish communal professionals, [Taking Hold of Torah] spells out the discontents and dreams of the baby boomers and their children who are reinventing Jewish communal life for the modern world." -Jewish ExponentMelding autobiography with biblical exegesis, philosophical speculation and a program for Jewish educational reform, the book is an unbuttoned riff on what's ailing modern Jews." -Forward...a personal story of a modern Jew trying to make sense of Judaism in a time when Jews can choose whether and how to be Jewish...." -The Jewish AdvocateJews, like other Americans, have both benefitted and suffered from the fraying of traditional loyalties that has come to characterize modern American culture. In each of the five chapters, Arnold M. Eisen examines a major issue or theme related to his vision for the renewal of Jewish communities-in terms of one of the five books of the Torah. What is the meaning and purpose of Jewish tradition? What is the significance of faith and covenant? What are the contemporary uses of ritual? What should a new agenda for politics in American Jewish life include? What legacy is to be left to future generations? This encouraging work is essential reading for anyone concerned with questions of Jewish faith and the future of Judaism in America.Arnold M. Eisen is Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Stanford University, a frequent speaker on issues related to contemporary Jewish life before lay and scholarly audiences throughshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 137.16 x 203.2 x 15.24mm | 272.15g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253213819
  • 9780253213815

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"... persuasive... Eisen's aspirations strike a note of hope and longing." --Hadassah Magazine "[Eisen] offers the reader not an academic volume but a personal struggle in a lifelong journey ... a truly helpful book ..." --Jewish Book World "This encouraging work is essential reading for anyone concerned with issues of Jewish faith and the future of Judaism in America." --Jewish Book News "Arnold M. Eisen offers a personal plea for--and a vision of--the revitalising of American Judaism through a renewed relationship to Jewish tradition and the strengthening of Jewish communities." --Jewish Book News " ... required reading for Jewish communal professionals, Taking Hold of Torah spells out the discontents and dreams of the baby boomers and their children who are reinventing Jewish communal life for the modern world." --Jewish Exponent "Melding autobiography with biblical exegesis, philosophical speculation and a program for Jewish educational reform, the book is an unbuttoned riff on what's ailing modern Jews." - Forward " ... a personal story of a modern Jew trying to make sense of Judaism in a time when Jews can choose whether and how to be Jewish ..." --The Jewish Advocateshow more

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Jews, like other Americans, have both benefited and suffered from the fraying of traditional loyalties that has come to characterize modern American culture. In each of the five chapters, Arnold M. Eisen examines a major issue or theme related to his vision for the renewal of American Judaism -- in terms of one of the five books of the Torah. What is the meaning and purpose of Jewish tradition? What is the significance of faith and covenant? What are the contemporary uses of ritual? What should a new agenda for politics in American Jewish life include? What legacy is to be left to future generations? This encouraging work is essential reading for anyone concerned with questions of Jewish faith and the future of Judaism in America.show more

Table of contents

Introduction1. Genesis: Taking on Tradition2. Exodus: History, Faith, and Covenant3. Leviticus: Ritual and Community4. Numbers: Politics in the Wilderness5. Deuteronomy: Legaciesshow more

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