Union of Liberal & Progressive Synagogues - Rabbi Dr Charles H Middleburgh
The Genesis of Leadership: What the Bible Teaches us about Vision, Values and Leading Change by Nathan Laufer. Foreword by Senator Joseph I. Lieberman. Preface by Dr Michael Hammer. Witnesses to the One: Spiritual History of the Sh'ma by Rabbi Joseph B. Mezler. Foreword by Rabbi Elyse Goldstein. Rosh Hashanah Readings: Inspiration, Information, Contemplation. Edited by Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins with section introductions from Arthur Green's These Are The Words....
Witness to the One is an inspiring consideration of the Shema in terms of its impact on Jewish history and thought as seen through the life and experience of 9 individuals: Moses, Akiba, Saadia Gaon, Maimonides, Haim Vital, Moses Luzzatto, Rav Kook, Leo Baeck and Heschel with a final chapter that ties all the preceding together and invites the reader to actualise the message and power of the Shema in their own lives. This is a marvellous source text for adult education, in terms of the Shema itself, but also as access to the thought of the author’s exemplars.
"Hear O Israel, the Eternal is our God, the Eternal is One." These words from the Book of Deuteronomy form the Sh'ma (also transliterated as "Shema"). Here Meszler, the rabbi of a Reform congregation in suburban Massachusetts and a noted educator in adult Jewish education, investigates the spiritual history of the Sh'ma by looking at how some key Jewish scholars and believers have interpreted the phrase. He begins with Moses, who brought the words to the Jewish people as a reminder that there is only one God and that they were not to worship idols. He then moves on to second-century sage Akiba ben Joseph, medieval writer Moses Maimonides, Kabbalist Haim Vital, religious Zionist Abraham Isaac Kook, social activist Abraham Joshua Heschel, and more. Norman Lamm also investigated the Sh'ma in The Shema: Spirituality and Law in Judaism as Exemplified in the Shema, the Most Important Passage in the Torah, but Meszler uses story, history, and speculation to appeal to a wider audience. An excellent addition to public, synagogue, and academic libraries.-Marcia Welsh, Dartmouth Coll. Libs., Hanover, NH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.