The Torah Revolution: Fourteen Truths that Changed the World

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Unlock the powerful truths that shattered ancient beliefs and paved the way for the new and revolutionary religion that became Judaism.

This is a unique look at the Torah—the foundation of Jewish existence—and the revolutionary teachings of Moses embedded within it that gave birth to Judaism and influenced the world.

Dr. Reuven Hammer presents fourteen radical ideas found in Torah, explains their original intentions, and shows how understanding...

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Overview

Unlock the powerful truths that shattered ancient beliefs and paved the way for the new and revolutionary religion that became Judaism.

This is a unique look at the Torah—the foundation of Jewish existence—and the revolutionary teachings of Moses embedded within it that gave birth to Judaism and influenced the world.

Dr. Reuven Hammer presents fourteen radical ideas found in Torah, explains their original intentions, and shows how understanding these "truths" can help you better understand the narrative and laws of Judaism. He shows how when taken together, these value concepts present a picture of human life that is surprisingly modern and relevant to our goals for repairing the world today:

• Humanity is one as God is one

• Human beings are responsible for their actions and have the choice to do good or evil

• Poverty, deprivation, slavery and hatred are evils that must be eradicated

• The earth is not ours to destroy

• The love of others is a divine command

• And much more ...

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Editorial Reviews

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"Judiciously identif[ies] the religious ideas unique to Judaism, and presents them in a manner accessible to any reader. He deserves our thanks for this book."
Rabbi Harold Kushner, author, When Bad Things Happen to Good People

"Presents what is unique and enduringly significant about the teachings of Moses and the Hebrew Bible. Identifies the ongoing spiritual relevance and insights of those teachings for Jews and Gentiles alike. An important contribution."
Rabbi David Ellenson, president, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion

“Plumb[s] both the moral depths and spiritual power of Torah ... with eloquence and excellence.”
Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, executive vice president, the Rabbinical Assembly

“Masterful ... speaks to our generation with important and powerful ideas. Persuasive, inspiring and rewarding reading.”
Rabbi Irving "Yitz" Greenberg, past president, Jewish Life Network

“Presented with ... scholarship, insight and lucid writing. Valuable for personal reading, study groups and divrei Torah, and I recommend it strongly.”
Jeffrey H. Tigay, Emeritus Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania

“To distill the essential truths of the Torah requires both learning and vision. Reuven Hammer has achieved this in superlative style.”
Rabbi David J. Wolpe, Sinai Temple, Los Angeles; author, Why Faith Matters

“With erudition and masterful use of language ... exposes the most compelling intellectual arguments for living a full and rich Jewish life. A 'must read' destined to become a new classic.”
Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin, editor, The Modern Men's Torah Commentary

“Cogent and clear.... Enables us to appreciate the significance of the Bible anew, not only for our understanding of the past, but for how we think and act today.”
Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff, author, The Way Into Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580234573
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Reuven Hammer, PhD, is a world renowned scholar, an inspiring Jewish educator and noted Jewish leader. He was named one of the "Forward 50"—a list of the most influential members of the American Jewish community—and is a former president of the International Rabbinical Assembly. He is a recipient of the Simon Greenberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Rabbinate by the Zeigler Rabbinical School of American Jewish University. A prolific writer, he is the author of many books, including, The Torah Revolution: Fourteen Truths That Changed the World (Jewish Lights) and Entering the High Holy Days, a winner of the National Jewish Book Award.
Rabbi Reuven Hammer, PhD, is also available to speak on the following topics:

  • Revolutionary Torah
  • The Symphony of Prayer
  • Making Prayer Meanigful
  • Religion in Israel: Too Much or Too Little
  • Political Ethics in Israel
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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction: Torat Moshe—The Teaching of Moses 1
Part I: Divinity
1. God Is Unique 11
2. No Divine Power of Evil Exists 23
3. Morality Is God's Supreme Demand 34
4. Worship Is for the Benefit of Humans 46
Part II: Humanity
5. Human Life Is Sacred 61
6. All Human Beings Are Equal 72
7. Men and Women Are Equal 84
8. Human Beings Have Free Will 99
Part III: Society
9. Human Sovereignty Is Limited 113
10. The Priesthood Is Divorced from Magic 123
11. Land and Wealth Are to Be Distributed Equally 134
12. Slavery Must Be Mitigated 148
13. The Needy Must Be Cared For 160
14. A Day of Rest for All 176
Afterword: The Legacy of Moses 187
Notes 192
Bibliography 210
Index 214

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