Sheldon Lewis Torah of Reconciliation

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In the aftermath of 9/11, Rabbi Sheldon Lewis sought solace and a path to reconciliation in Jewish texts. Peacemaking is arguably the key pillar among Jewish values, and Torah of Reconciliation seeks to reveal this primary value in diverse scriptural and rabbinical texts. Following the annual cycle of Torah readings, thematic verses or passages are interpreted and expanded through the lens of rabbinic commentary and the author s personal reflections, revealing the rich, wise resources available in Judaism for the crucial task of peacemaking in the modern world.

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Sheldon Lewis was born in Chicago and educated at the University of Chicago and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, where he received his rabbinic ordination. He is rabbi emeritus of Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto, which he served for thirty-three years. Along with an abiding interest in reconciliation efforts in the Middle East, he has been deeply involved in interfaith work to promote mutual respect and common cause; and he has been committed to nurturing bonds among the streams of Jewish expression.

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Rabbi Sheldon Lewis has written a brilliant and accessible volume that will be a valued asset to rabbis, clergy, and imams worldwide. In addition to serving as an individual study guide for religious professionals, this book will be a worthy addition to conversations between religious leaders and within intentional interreligious dialogue groups. The exhaustive and carefully researched text [is] captivating, easy to read and absorb, inspirational, and complementary at all levels to progressive Christians who are devoted to reconciliation, peace, and security of the world. I commend this text to my colleagues in the ministry and in the rabbinate --Douglas K. Huneke, author, The Moses of Rovno and The Stones Will Cry Out: Pastoral and Lliturgical Resources on the Shoa;, Senior Minister Emeritus, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Tiburon, California

Thanks to this moving and passionate collection, one may now read the Five Books of Moses in the light not only of the surprising and persistent voices of our tradition who see peace in verse after verse of Torah, but accompanied by the inspiring presence of a passionate guide and teacher. This anthology promises many hours of satisfying study and contemplation individually, in adult study, in the classrooms of our synagogues and temples, and on college campuses --Dr. Adriane Leveen, Senior Lecturer, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Rabbi Lewis applies his vast knowledge of sacred Jewish texts, his keen and poetic exegetical sense, and his exquisite rhetorical skill to illuminate Jewish tradition s teachings on peacemaking. Rabbi Lewis began this project as a labor of love and faith in the days following September 11, providing comfort for his congregants and for himself from Jewish tradition s rich sources on the value of peace.... This book not only informs the reader desiring to learn about one religion s perspectives on peace but demonstrates the role that religious texts and religious leaders can play toward healing of the world. I can think of no more crucial message for our world, nor a more beautiful conveyor of this message than this precious book --Rabbi Amy Eilberg, Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, St. Paul

Thanks to this moving and passionate collection, one may now read the Five Books of Moses in the light not only of the surprising and persistent voices of our tradition who see peace in verse after verse of Torah, but accompanied by the inspiring presence of a passionate guide and teacher. This anthology promises many hours of satisfying study and contemplation individually, in adult study, in the classrooms of our synagogues and temples, and on college campuses --Dr. Adriane Leveen, Senior Lecturer, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Rabbi Lewis applies his vast knowledge of sacred Jewish texts, his keen and poetic exegetical sense, and his exquisite rhetorical skill to illuminate Jewish tradition s teachings on peacemaking. Rabbi Lewis began this project as a labor of love and faith in the days following September 11, providing comfort for his congregants and for himself from Jewish tradition s rich sources on the value of peace.... This book not only informs the reader desiring to learn about one religion s perspectives on peace but demonstrates the role that religious texts and religious leaders can play toward healing of the world. I can think of no more crucial message for our world, nor a more beautiful conveyor of this message than this precious book --Rabbi Amy Eilberg, Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, St. Paul

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