On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz: 25 Years of Pre-Dawn Car Trips, Mind-Blowing Encounters, and Inspiring Conversations with a Man of Wisdom

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Praise for Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

"Jewish lore is filled with tales of formidable rabbis. Probably none living today can compare in genius and influence to Adin Steinsaltz."
Newsweek

"If Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz lived in the United States, he would likely be on the cover of Science or Time. His fiction might appear in The New Yorker, and op-ed pages of metropolitan dailies would invite his views on politics and ...

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Overview

Praise for Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

"Jewish lore is filled with tales of formidable rabbis. Probably none living today can compare in genius and influence to Adin Steinsaltz."
Newsweek

"If Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz lived in the United States, he would likely be on the cover of Science or Time. His fiction might appear in The New Yorker, and op-ed pages of metropolitan dailies would invite his views on politics and society."
Washington Post

Most of my private time with Rabbi Steinsaltz has been in my car, with me behind the wheel and the Rabbi smoking his pipe in the passenger seat. I've written this book to share some of these moments in the hope they'll nourish you as they have me.

I invite you to come along for the ride.
—From the Introduction by Arthur Kurzweil

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this book-length love letter from a disciple to his mentor, author and editor Kurzweil traces his discovery of a "Teacher with a capital T" in Jerusalem-based Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, probably best known for his commentary on the Talmud. Fascinated and enlightened by Steinsaltz's masterpiece of Jewish theology, The Thirteen-Petalled Rose-he knows it almost by heart-Kurzweil once called the rabbi's U.S. office, volunteering to pick him up at the airport and chauffeur him around during his lecture tours. Thus began a two-decades-long journey of conversations about reincarnation, suffering, Talmud, Kabbalah, marijuana, parenting and much more. Part spiritual memoir, Kurzweil's own story is interpolated with Steinsaltz's, from his secular upbringing, experimentation with Eastern religions, immersion in magic and ultimate rediscovery of Judaism. Kurzweil faithfully transcribes the rabbi's encounters with Ted Koppel and the Lubavitcher rebbe as well as his poignant conversations with Kurzweil's own daughters about role models, love and divorce. All these interactions show the rabbi's nonjudgmental depth and wisdom. Steinsaltz's gifts as a scientist, mathematician, skeptic and man of God results in a "wholeness of vision" that helps Kurzweil transform his life and motivates him to encourage readers to mine Steinsaltz's genius for themselves. (Sept. 17) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787983246
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,155,330
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Kurzweil is a writer and teacher, and serves as publisher at Parabola magazine. He is the editor of Best Jewish Writing 2003 and author of From Generation to Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Family History and co-editor of The Hadassah Jewish Family Book of Health and Wellness.

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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

INTRODUCTION: Becoming the Rabbi's Driver: Stepping Down to a Higher Position (1980–1985).

I "A Series of Small Turnings" (1986).

II "Let My People Know" (1989).

III "Kabbalah Is the Official Theology of the Jewish People" (1998).

IV "Make the Lives of Your Teachers as Miserable as Possible" (2001).

V "If You Think You've Arrived, You're Lost" (2005).

Notes.

The Author.

Index.

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