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The Eternal Dissident: Rabbi Leonard I. Beerman and the Radical Imperative to Think and Act

The Eternal Dissident: Rabbi Leonard I. Beerman and the Radical Imperative to Think and Act

by David N. Myers (Editor)
The Eternal Dissident: Rabbi Leonard I. Beerman and the Radical Imperative to Think and Act

The Eternal Dissident: Rabbi Leonard I. Beerman and the Radical Imperative to Think and Act

by David N. Myers (Editor)

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"Myers is one of the leaders in the field and eminently qualified as editor. His scholarly reputation is stellar, and his own knowledge and work in progressive Jewish political circles puts him on a national stage."—Marc Dollinger, author of Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s

"The current regime has only made the urgency of this volume, a book that so powerfully and eloquently articulates a strong prophetic American Jewish stance, that much more important. Religion is not in the United States or for that matter elsewhere in the world only or exclusively the domain of the political right. This book shows us a genealogy, a legacy of alliance politics that is theologically and ethically bound to a shared vision of social justice."—Laura Levitt, Professor of Religion, Jewish Studies and Gender, Temple University, and author of American Jewish Loss after the Holocaust 

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ISBN-13: 9780520297456
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 05/11/2018
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

David N. Myers is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Jewish History in New York. He is also Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
David N. Myers

Part I. First Sermon
1. Chapel Sermon, October 30, 1948
Commentary by Rabbi Samuel Karff

Part II. Inspirations
2. Sigmund Freud, May 11, 1956
Commentary by Professor Peter Loewenberg
3. Bertrand Russell’s Autobiography: Three Passions in Life
Commentary by Dr. Joan Beerman
4. Looking at Kafka, January 8, 1982
Commentary by Professor Saul Friedlander
5. The Legacy of MLK, January 15, 1982
Commentary by the Reverend James M. Lawson Jr.
6. First Encounter with George (Regas), April 13, 2005
7. Why the Prophets Are Important, May 20, 1983
Commentary by Professor Jack Miles

Part III. Faith, Doubt, and Duty
8. Handwritten Reflections on Doubt, undated
Commentary by Rabbi Rachel Timoner
9. Can We Excommunicate God? April 30, 1965
Commentary by Professor Rabbi Rachel Adler
10. Duty of the Rabbi, undated
Commentary by Rabbi Richard Levy
11. From the Diary of a Leo Baeck Temple Rabbi, February 5, 1971
Commentary by Rabbi Kenneth Chasen
12. Rabbi Beerman’s To-Do List
13. Yom Kippur Eve—Vocation of a Rabbi, September 17, 1972
Commentary by Rabbi Sharon Brous
14. Fast between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to Protest Munich and Vietnam, September 1972
Commentary by Professor Steven J. Ross
15. My Troubles with God; God’s Troubles with Me, February 9, 1979
Commentary by David Rintels
16. The Beginnings of an Outline for Jews to Consider, undated
Commentary by Aziza Hasan

Part IV. Social Justice
17. The Kindest Use a Knife, October 16, 1953
Commentary by Rabbi John L. Rosove
18. Is There a Relationship between Judaism and Social Justice?
April 14, 1954
Commentary by Rabbi Zoë Klein
19. The Problems of the City: A Jewish Dilemma, February 4, 1966
Commentary by Professor Rabbi Aryeh Cohen
20. UCLA Teach-In on Vietnam War, March 24, 1966
Commentary by Rabbi Sanford Ragins
21. Notes for Symposium on Black Power, January 6, 1967
Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller
22. Letter to President Lyndon Johnson, April 13, 1967
Commentary by Judith Viorst
23. Rosh Hashanah Eve, September 30, 1970 (5731)
Commentary by Professor Jonathan D. Greenberg
24. How I Lost the Election in St. Louis, July 9, 1971
Commentary by Professor William Cutter
25. Invocation for Religious Leaders for McGovern, June 1, 1972
Commentary by the Reverend J. Edwin Bacon
26. Survival in a Nuclear Age, February 17, 1984
Commentary by the Reverend George F. Regas
27. California People of Faith against the Death Penalty, October 16, 2001; April 20, 2002
Commentary by Mike Farrell
28. Piece on Human Condition Written for the Office of the Americas, November 2, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Rohde
29. A Vision for a Bewildering Time: Commencement Address at Washington & Jefferson College, May 18, 2007
Commentary by Professor David Ellenson
30. Letter to President George W. Bush, April 11, 2008
Commentary by Norman Lear
31. Human Rights Watch, November 17, 2009
Commentary by Jane Olson
32. A Sermon for All Saints, July 3, 2011
Commentary by Mel Levine

Part V. Israel/Palestine
33. Time in Israel, Parts I and II, November 1967
Commentary by Daniel Sokatch
34. CCAR Breira Statement, 1977
Commentary by Professor Michael A. Meyer
35. Yom Kippur Morning, October 11, 1978
Commentary by Milton Viorst
36. Yom Kippur Eve, September 26, 1982
Commentary by Connie Bruck
37. Visions of Peace in the Middle East, October 31, 1992
Commentary by Salam al-Marayati
38. A Sermon for Yom Kippur Morning, October 1, 2006
Commentary by Rabbi Brant Rosen
39. Exchange of Letters with Bruce Ramer, October 2006–January 2007
Commentary by Bruce Ramer
40. A Sermon for Yom Kippur Morning, October 4, 2014
Commentary by Professor Nomi M. Stolzenberg

Sayings of Leonard I. Beerman
List of Contributors

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