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In this much-anticipated annual volume, respected intellectual and spiritual leader Michael Lerner has collected the greatest Jewish writing of the past year. A review in the Los Angeles Times said of Lerner's first volume, "clearly an auspicious beginning." This new collection lives up to the promise of the first and includes poetry, fiction, and essays that highlight universal themes of healing, transformation, spirituality, politics, and cultural identity. No other book explores the challenges of contemporary Jewish life in a global, postmodern culture through all types of aritstic writing, This 2002 volume reflects the diversity of thought, opinion, and sensibility among Jews worldwide, including Susannah Heschel, Arthur Waskow, Wendy Wasserstein, Jonathan Rosen, Letty Pogrebin, Chaim Potok, Philip Levine, and Adrienne Rich, A special section includes a variety of articulate Jewish responses to the September 11 terrorist attacks.
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Best Jewish Writing 2002
David A. Cooper
Sylvia Barack Fishman
Shelly R. Fredman
Bonna Devora Haberman
Yossi Klein Halevi
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Richard H. Schwarz
Jerome M. Segal
Rabbi Arthur Waskow
C. K. Williams
Although the title of this book indicates the nature of its contents, it is potentially misleading. Instead of the conventional meaning of "best" as the greatest degree of excellence, editor Lerner offers his own idiosyncratic definition: "I use `best' to mean `most significant,' that is, writing that shapes or has the capacity to reveal the underlying issues facing Jews today." Lerner, a leader of the Jewish Renewal movement, selected 32 essays, 12 poems and eight book excerpts for inclusion in this volume. Unfortunately, his definition of "most significant" turns out to be a restricted one. The choices seem biased in favor of writers who share Lerner's own view of Judaism, social change and the world. Worse yet, 11 of the essays first appeared in Tikkun magazine, which is edited by Lerner, who also founded it. Such a narrow sampling is not representative of the fullness of the excellent recent literature on Judaism, and the particular slant toward Lerner's own flagship publication is troubling. Although many of the writers are obscure, some well-known authors are represented: Arthur Waskow, Wendy Wasserstein, Adrienne Rich, Chaim Potok and Amos Oz, for example. The excerpts from Wendy Wasserstein's autobiographical essays, Shiksa Goddess, and Chaim Potok's Old Men at Midnight are particularly outstanding. As a whole, however, this anthology is crippled by its insularity.
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