Many people see the Talmud as nothing more than a dry compendium of
legal opinions, but in fact the Talmud represents a rich repository of
literature encompassing all aspects of the world of the great Rabbinic
Sages. Rabbi Edwin Goldberg, author of Swords and Plowshares: Jewish
Views of War and Peace and Heads and Tales: Stories of the Sages to
Enlighten Our Minds, presents a window into this world in Love Tales
from the Talmud. Featuring original texts, translations, commentary, and
study questions, this accessible introduction to the study of Rabbinic
literature explores classic Jewish wisdom on love and relationships.
Between the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the trial of Saddam Hussein, the subject of war and peace has been all too relevant recently. Now is the time to ponder the perspectives of the Jewish tradition regarding this topic. Swords and Plowshares, by Rabbi Edwin Goldberg, offers comprehensive analysis of Jewish texts?ˆ”biblical, rabbinic, and medieval?ˆ”that deal with the subject of war and peace. Each text is presented in Hebrew and in English, followed by study questions and commentary. Through such guided study, the reader will appreciate the nuances in the Jewish tradition regarding both times of war and times of peace. Examples from modern history are also provided to illuminate the textual subjects.
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
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