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In Down-to-Earth Judaism, Rabbi Arthur Waskow focuses on food, money, sex, and rest, the pillars of a spiritual life in the real world and the guide-posts that mark the communal path for the modern Jewish practitioner. To help readers infuse the rich traditions of Judaism into daily life, he examines what the Bible and the Talmud tell us regarding how to treat the environment, what greater roles women may play in Judaism, and how to allow worship to become an integral part of our lives.
Rabbi Waskow also brings to life the history of many prayers, ceremonies, and laws, such as Kosher or Kashrut. Through his thoughtful interweaving of these four central areas, Rabbi Waskow celebrates the relevance of Jewish tradition to modern times.
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Rabbi Arthur Waskow is a pathfinder of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. He founded and directs the Shalom Center, a division of ALEPH devoted to Jewish thought and practice to protect the earth. His other books include Seasons of Our Joy and Godwrestling - Round II~ He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Phyllis Ocean Berman.From Library Journal:
In his inimitable style, Waskow (Becoming Brothers, Free Pr., 1993) discusses the practical aspects of life?eating, sex, earning a living, and leisure?within a religious context. While he extrapolates from traditional Jewish sources, his interpretations, as in his many previous books, are heavily influenced by mysticism, psychosocial theories, and current ecological movements. He is deeply troubled by the imbalance between men and women that he sees as part of Judaism, showing that women did not share in shaping the religion. Another major theme is the relationship between humans and the ecosystem; Waskow propounds new meanings for the premise that the earth is God's creation. Fluidity is the keynote to his approach, and this is the antithesis of organized religions. Provocative, stimulating, and controversial, his book is recommended because it raises serious religious issues, not because it offers solutions.?Carol R. Glatt, VA Medical Ctr. Lib., Philadelphia
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