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“Nothing Sacred is provocative, exquisitely challenging, fearless, and brilliant. It is chock-full with ideas and insights that will change the way people look at their Judaism. It is, at the same time, a penetrating look, done with compassion, at what is wrong with contemporary Jewish life and an inspiring exploration of what is right about Judaism for the world.”—Rabbi Irwin Kula, president, CLAL, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership
“I read Nothing Sacred reluctantly, from a stance of deep skepticism, and learned to my delight and enlightenment that this is truly a Jewish approach. Rushkoff uses millennia of Jewish teachings to reveal that God is indeed to be questioned, not obeyed, created, not worshiped, continually revised, reconsidered, and debated—not graven in stone. I truly believe this book might end up as one of the most important works of Jewish literature, worthy of comparison with Maimonides and Buber. Many will be outraged and even furious at Rushkoff for daring to revise the Jewish tradition of self-questioning. I thank him for helping me feel like a Jew again.” —Howard Rheingold, author of Smart Mobs
“This is an extraordinary book. It is both analytical and passionate, rational and imbued by faith, calling on its readers to lend their minds, their hearts, and their souls to the construction of a Judaism that works for our times.”—Ruth Messinger
From the Hardcover edition.
Posted May 17, 2003
We live in an age of chutzpah where anyone can say anything about anything, and with the proper public relations get themselves a hearing. Douglas Rushkoff purports , after admittedly living a life devoid of real Jewish connection , to tell us what the Jewish tradition is .He purports to define the essential qualities of Judaism not on the basis of what Jews today live, or on the basis of what Jews have struggled to keep alive for four - thousand years but on the basis of his own system of values. What is good in Judaism what Judaism is is what echoes Rushkoff's value-system. Therefore there is no importance to Israel which has been for thousands of years the heart of the Jewish people's dream and aspiration. The special demands of Torah, the Covenant relationship between God and Israel which demands that Jews live a higher, more pure ethical life in obedience to God's teaching ( and not in iconclastic rebellion against them as Rushkoff claims) is dismissed without serious consideration. The deepest thinkers of historical Judaism from Rashi, Rambam and Ramban in the Middle Ages to Hirsch, Kook, and Soloveitchik in the modern era make no great impression on the new 'prophet' of the Jewish people. If Mr.Rushkoff had taken just one fundamental teaching of Judaism seriously, that it is the task of the Jew in the words of the prophet Micah to 'walk humbly with his God' the world would have been spared this poor excuse for a re- consideration of Jewish meaning and life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2003
Who knew that reading a book on religion could be so refreshing? Mr. Rushkoff examines Judaism and its teachings in a way that makes sense, and without all the unnecessary preaching. According to Mr. Rushkoff being a 'good Jew' means being a good person, whether you worship in a synagogue or not. This book is intended to be a jumping off point for further discussion -- which is an integral part to Judaism (as well as making this a better world for everybody.) I couldn't agree more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 1, 2009
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Posted March 5, 2010
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