Finding God, by way of essays on significant Jewish thinkers, attempts to answer the questions looming above us all: What is God? Is there more than one God? How can we know God? What does God "want" from us? How does God relate to me? This latest edition of Finding God includes three new essays on the distinct theology of Abraham Joshua Heschel, Emil Fackenheim, Harold Schulweis, Judith Plaskow, Lawrence Kushner, Alvin Reines, and other modern thinkers. These three new pieces are coupled with the "God concepts" belonging to biblical figures, the rabbis of centuries ago, and medieval philosophers. By book's end readers no doubt discover that no single interpretation accurately conceptualizes the Jewish God.
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’ neighbors in the Ancient
Near East, surveys centuries of Rabbinic commentary, and engages with
contemporary secular and Jewish thought. Sonsino’s thorough
contextualization and discussion of the Decalogue provide the reader
with an understanding of where these iconic commands originate, how they have been understood by Jews throughout the ages, and what moral
direction they can still provide in the 21st century.
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 assumptions about Jews and Judaism. Rabbi Sonsino uses history, archeology, and other scholarship to debunk familiar myths, showing how and why they developed over time. This book is for everyone who wants to know more about Judaism and get the real story behind the myth.
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