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Judaism's Ten Best Ideas


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Introduction 1 1. Simhah-Joy 3 Happiness as a Religious Precept 2. Tzelem Elohim-Creation in God's Image 9 What Are We Doing Here? 3. Halakhah-Walking the Path 19 A Community of Doers 4. Tikkun 'Olam-Repairing the World 29 Being God's Partner 5. Shabbat-Getting Off the Treadmill 37 The Secret of Shabbat 6. Teshuvah-Returning 47 Faith in Human Change 7. Torah-The People and the Book 57 Text and Interpretation 8. Talmud Torah-"Teach Them to Your Children" 65 The Role of Education 9. L'Hayyim-To Life! 75 Accepting Death, Affirming Life 10. Ehad-Hear O Israel 85 There Is Only One Notes 93 Suggestions for Further Reading 95

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Arthur Green, PhD, renowned spiritual leader, author and teacher, is recognized as one of the world's preeminent authorities on Jewish thought and spirituality.


"Superb! ... A gem, as valuable for one beginning to explore Judaism as for one who needs renewal of soul and purpose." -Rabbi Rachel Cowan, author, Mixed Blessings "Depth, wisdom, humanity [and] scholarship [from] the greatest living interpreter of Judaism.... I look forward to teaching this book to a generation of spiritual seekers searching for a soulful Judaism." -Rabbi Edward Feinstein, author, The Chutzpah Imperative: Empowering Today's Jews for a Life That Matters; senior rabbi, Valley Beth Shalom "Translates core ideas of Jewish tradition with twenty-first-century eyes, making them both accessible and compelling. This is the book I will give not only to people beginning their Jewish journeys but also to serious students of Judaism." -Rabbi Laura Geller, senior rabbi, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills "Profound wisdom in a simple format.... Offer[s] readers easy access to Judaism's most novel ideas." -Dr. Kerry M. Olitzky, executive director, Jewish Outreach Institute; author, Introducing My Faith and My Community: The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide for a Christian in a Jewish Interfaith Relationship "Fresh and insightful.... An important read for all Jews, non-Orthodox and Orthodox alike.... This is a unifying book that can bring all those who love Judaism, Torah, mitzvot and God together-all sharing in common the deepest ideas and desires for this world." -Rabbi Asher Lopatin, president, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School

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