In And God Spoke These Words, Rabbi Sonsino draws on commentators from
Maimonides to Mel Brooks to explore how the Ten Commandments have been
interpreted—and misinterpreted—for generations. He examines the
religious and legal texts of the Israelites’...
Why did generations of people grow up thinking that Jews really had horns? Did Eve really eat an apple, and if not, why does everyone think she did? Did Noah’s ark really exist? Did Moses really write the Torah?
This fascinating book explores these and many other assumptio...
For most American Jews, Israel is only seen through the lens of the
political debate, the impressions of the news report, or the windows of a
tour bus. Begun as a weekly online essay in response to the Second
Intifada in 2000,
What do you say when your five-year old asks, ?What does God look like?? or ?Why am I Jewish?? By middle school the questions are tougher: ?Is the Torah true?? ?Why do I have to learn Hebrew?? This incredible new book suggests successful responses to these questions and many more, summarizi...
Parenting can be lonely, isolating, and confusing. Yet parenting is
also holy work. In this comprehensive volume, a rabbi and mother of
three shares the treasures of Jewish teaching and Jewish thought on
Rabbi Richard Address has devoted his career to helping transform
synagogues into caring communities. Now, in his most personal work to
date, he explores how the notion of a caring community can be
transformative for individuals, particularly baby boomers struggling
What does it mean to be a Jewish man? Fifty years ago the answer was obvious, and the question unnecessary. Today, however, when women assume so many of the roles formerly reserved for men, and when men take on many traits formerly associated with women, how do we answer the question? The va...
URJ Press Allows you to rediscover another classic Jewish text From the authors who brought you the highly acclaimed Pirke Avot: A Modern Commentary on Jewish Ethics comes another thoughtful work exploring a Jewish classic.
Introducing a new user-friendly translation and commentary...
Adolescence, one of the most change-filled periods in life, is both turbulent and exciting. New opportunities, emotions, and spiritual challenges seem to be around every corner. To our teenagers, it is important for us to convey a sense that each young person is treasured, to strengthen existing...
Americans are living - and enjoying life - longer than ever, a demographic trend that creates many challenges and opportunities for synagogues. To Honor and Respect is designed to help congregations respond to the longevity of revolution by helping older Jewish adults see their synagogues...
After serving as founding director of the Religious Action Center in
Washington, DC, Rabbi Richard Hirsch moved to israel to lead the World
Union for Progressive Judaism and become a tireless advocate for the
global Reform Jewish community.
Since 1983, this book has been the standard teaching tool for beginning "Introduction to Judaism" classes in Reform synagogues and institutions throughout North America. This revised edition has been updated and expanded to include new material in each chapter. New articles, essays, liturgica...
Studies report decreased involvement in Jewish communal life on the part of both men and boys. Anecdotal information backs up this trend. There are often more women than men at services, more girls than boys in youth groups, and more women than men on the synagogue boards. What is behind these nu...
Heads and Tales: Stories of the Sages to Enlighten Our Minds
Rabbi Edwin Goldberg's new book Heads and Tales: Stories from the Sages to Enlighten our Minds brings age-old tales to life once more. Designed as an introduction to the art of reading rabbinic literature, Heads and Tales opens the door to the creative genius of the rabbis of long ago.
Using this carefully selected collection of stories, Heads and Tales will help instill a love of Jewish stories, while also helping students gain the skills needed to be critical readers of these traditional stories. In addition, these stories demonstrate that the issues that concerned our ancestors in past generations are similar or are the same as those that concern us today. The tales found in the book, while they may have been written in years gone by, remain most relevant.
Perfect introduction to traditional text study
Texts provided in both Hebrew and English
Discussion questions included
Insightful commentary on each story
Well-suited for high school or adult education classes
More than the centerpiece of Purim celebrations, Esther is unique in the biblical canon, and raises as many questions as it reveals answers. It is a rich source for text study, at Purim and throughout the year.
Living Torah: Selections from Seven Years of Torat Chayim
LIVING TORAH is an anthology of over 180 d'vrei Torah from the first seven years of Torat Chayim. This outstanding collection, edited by Rabbi Elaine Glickman, is the perfect gift for students of Torah, b'nei mitzvah students, or anyone preparing a d'var Torah.