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From the PublisherDr. Norman Lamm, President Yeshiva University Of the many books that introduce the reader to Judaism, A Letter in the Scroll is by far the best. Without resorting to technical religious and philosophical jargon, Rabbi Sacks takes us on a fascinating cultural and religious journey that is as engaging as it is informative. All in all, this is a splendid volume by an eminent author — a felicitous combination that will attract the already informed as well as the merely curious. Buy it and give it as a gift — but first, make sure to read it from cover to cover.
Gertrude Himmelfarb, author of One Nation, Two Cultures It is not often that a serious theologian and philosopher addresses the fundamental, personal questions that confront every thoughtful Jew: "Who am I?" and "Why should I remain a Jew?" Rabbi Sacks has done this in terms that are accessible to the layman and at the same time draw upon a rich store of knowledge and a profound sense of human nature. Intended as a wedding present to his son and daughter-in-law, this book speaks to the old as well as the young, to those of unquestioned faith as well as those torn by the conflicting impulses of modernity.
Wendy Shalit, author of A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue Just as slavery in Egypt helped us appreciate freedom, perhaps our current cultural morass will lead us to a Jewish reawakening. Certainly a new generation of young Jews, disappointed with the legacy of the 1960s, is looking for ways to recover its Jewish heritage. Rabbi Sacks helps us in our search, rescuing the ideas of freedom, tolerance, and diversity from their modern perversions and exhuming their original Jewish meaning. A Letter in the Scroll does not merely tell us why we should keep kosher and observe Shabbat — it reminds us of who we are and poignantly shows us who we can be.
Paul Johnson, author of A History of the Jews and A History of the American People This short and scholarly book is an excellent survey of the moral strengths of Judaism and the ways in which its precepts can improve human conduct and add to our wisdom.
Michael Novak, George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion and Public Policy, American Enterprise Institute Of all the questions of life, the two most penetrating are: "Who am I? Who are we?" Rabbi Sacks answers beautifully. On matters of faith he is one of my favorite writers.
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of The Book of Jewish Values: A Day-by-Day Guide to Ethical Living [In] a work both powerfully intellectual and passionately personal, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks makes a profound case for Judaism¹s enduring significance — both for the world and for every reader.