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God Was Not in the Fire
     

God Was Not in the Fire

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by Daniel Gordis
 

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Contemporary Jews seeking a path toward spirituality and a renewal of faith will find it in this fresh look at the traditional rituals, prayers, celebrations, and ethical teachings of Judaism. "This book makes its case for returning to one's Jewish roots, for exploring the various paths to God, and living a fuller, richer life".--Sandra Rosenthal

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Contemporary Jews seeking a path toward spirituality and a renewal of faith will find it in this fresh look at the traditional rituals, prayers, celebrations, and ethical teachings of Judaism. "This book makes its case for returning to one's Jewish roots, for exploring the various paths to God, and living a fuller, richer life".--Sandra Rosenthal Berliner, "The Philadelphia Inquirer".

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Jewish Book World
The author, a Conservative rabbi and a professor at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, addresses the problems of reaching the assimilated and assimilating Jews who have difficulty regarding their Jewishness as relevant to their lives. He offers compelling arguments for maintaining ties to the Hewish religion and writes of the spiritual as well as the legal and ethical underpinnings of the religion.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gordis's message is simple: Judaism merits the attention of modern Jews by virtue of its potential role as a compelling and enriching enterprise that helps define who and what Jews are. But to reach American Jews who have dismissed Judaism as a path to spirituality is a more complex undertaking. Gordis, who teaches at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, explores belief in God, sacred texts, ritual, mitzvoth, prayer and ethics. The entry point of his argument is that Judaism doesn't demand blind faith. ``Doubt is what fuels the journey,'' he writes. ``Jewish tradition validates the part of humanity that is always wondering.'' Sacred texts, he contends, act as teachers that allow us to join a profound and timeless conversation. The experimental nature of Judaism, coupled with its built-in discipline, is key to achieving a sense of connection, continuity and transcendence. The title, taken from the passage in Kings that describes the prophet Elijah's encounter with God, reflects Gordis's philosophy that Judaism's distinctive way of life is geared toward creating relationships with God and with human beings. A why-do instead of a how-to. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684825267
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
09/10/1997
Edition description:
First Touchstone Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
0.58(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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God Was Not in the Fire 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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For persons considering conversion to Judaism, especially those bothered by the public perception of Judaism as being dogmatic, this book offers much enlightenment with regards to the Jewish view of the meaning of Torah & ritual in Jewish life.