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Text Messages: A Torah Commentary for Teens
     

Text Messages: A Torah Commentary for Teens

by Jeffrey K. Salkin (Editor)
 

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An indispensable resource for everyone who cares about the Jewish future.

Young people like to be included in the struggle for meaning, for the right questions to ask and the search for tentative answers. This is the book that has been missing from the ever-expanding bookshelf of Torah commentaries—a collection of messages on each Torah portion,

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An indispensable resource for everyone who cares about the Jewish future.

Young people like to be included in the struggle for meaning, for the right questions to ask and the search for tentative answers. This is the book that has been missing from the ever-expanding bookshelf of Torah commentaries—a collection of messages on each Torah portion, aimed specifically for teens. It shows them how each Torah portion contains worlds of meaning for them, for what they are going through in their lives, and how they can shape their Jewish identity as they enter adulthood.

This groundbreaking spiritual resource is truly transdenominational—including the insights of Jews who identify as Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Renewal, post-denominational and "just Jewish." They are rabbis, cantors, educators, authors and cultural personalities.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Salkin, a rabbi, writer, and editor, has selected 53 brief excerpts from the Five Books of Moses that he thinks contain a message for teen-age Jews. To deliver the message, he has recruited rabbis, cantors, Jewish educators, Jewish social workers and other Jewish community leaders to spell out the meaning of these teachings.To insure that those who read the book will find it clear, thirteen youngsters served as a teen editorial advisory board. Inevitably, with such a large number of authors, the quality of contributions varies. The writers generally succeed, however, in not haranguing readers but rather encouraging them to follow the lesson of the passages. For example, the book opens with Cain's answer to God on being asked where Abel is: "Am I my brother's keeper?" First, the author expands the meaning of "brother" to include others who are not relatives. Then, the assertion is made that one should "think of the other person as much as you think of yourself." Finally, the lesson: "But when you learn what it means to protect your brother (and when you figure out who your ‘brother' really is), that will be the moment you become an adult." This will be a useful book for Jewish teen-agers who read it, and a potential bar- or bat-mitzvah gift. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580235075
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
458,346
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin, recognized as one of the most thoughtful Jewish writers and teachers of his generation, is editor of The Modern Men's Torah Commentary: New Insights from Jewish Men on the 54 Weekly Torah Portions, and the best-selling author of Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah; For Kids—Putting God on Your Guest List: How to Claim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah; and other books.

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