Unfinished Rabbi: Selected Writings of Arnold Jacob Wolf

Unfinished Rabbi: Selected Writings of Arnold Jacob Wolf

by Arnold Wolf
     
 

A long-awaited collection of the most important writings from a lifetime of work by one of the most influential Jewish thinkers in American life over the last half-century. 'He has written with unique clarity, penetration, belief, and sophistication.'—Eugene B. Borowitz, in his Foreword to the book. Edited by Jonathan S. Wolf.See more details below

Overview

A long-awaited collection of the most important writings from a lifetime of work by one of the most influential Jewish thinkers in American life over the last half-century. 'He has written with unique clarity, penetration, belief, and sophistication.'—Eugene B. Borowitz, in his Foreword to the book. Edited by Jonathan S. Wolf.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Reform Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf (Kam Isaiah Israel Congregation, Chicago) has long sought to integrate deep and passionate faith with social activism and justice, including protesting the Vietnam War and in supporting the Civil Rights movement. He has been for many students, congregants and colleagues an ideal rabbi, calling them back to the roots of their piety and practice as they sought to become better Jews. This collection of Wolf's writings ranges far and wide to include his sermons, letters, addresses, portraits of Jewish leaders and social tracts. The subjects of these collected writings include, among others, the "role of the rabbi and the congregant," "Jewish beliefs," "mitzvot," "Judaism as social activism," "Teaching" and "Israel and other faiths." All of the writings manifest Wolf's characteristic flair for couching prophetic words in articulate writing. For example, in his essay on "Teaching the Bible Today," Wolf emphasizes that "a good Bible class is very confusingit will be filled with controversy... because we honor Scripture best by taking it seriously enough to argue about it." His portraits of his contemporaries include Abraham Joshua Heschel, Mordecai Kaplan and Jean-Paul Sartre. In a final section, Wolf provides insights into his own life and struggles to be a faithful Jew in his "Fragments of My Life." The volume presents a fascinating chronicle through writing of one of the great Jewish voices of the 20th century. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566631839
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Pages:
287
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.05(d)

Meet the Author

Arnold Jacob Wolf is rabbi of KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. He has also written What is Man? and Challenge to Confirmands and has edited Rediscovering Judaism and Jewish Spiritual Journeys.

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