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Never Mind the Bullocks A Twenty-First Century Exploration of the Torah for Bar-/bat-Mitzvah Students

Tobias, Rabbi Pete

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ISBN 10: 1438925298 / ISBN 13: 9781438925295
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Trade Paperback. Author SIGNED, inscribed 'Best wishes, Pete'. . Clean and tight. AuthorHouse, 2009. 1st Edition/1st Printing. A Fine Softcover. Packed carefully and shipped promptly. ; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 055351

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Title: Never Mind the Bullocks A Twenty-First ...

Binding: Softcover; First Printing

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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'Never Mind the Bullocks' is a book that works on several levels. It centres on a group of twelve year-old children at a Jewish summer camp who are obliged to give up their free time to prepare for their bar- or bat-mitzvah ceremonies. Their teacher, who is also the author, is an English rabbi who offers them an alternative way of looking at the Torah, the first Five Books of Moses, encouraging the students - and all readers - to reconsider the possible authorship of this document and its authors' intentions. Each of the eleven lessons, is preceded by a mysterious encounter in the form of an imaginary dialogue between the author and the prophet Isaiah, whose historical insights and prophetic wisdom help the reader to question and challenge the traditional view of the origins of Judaism's sacred text and to gain an insight into the historical, social and theological background from which the Torah emerged. In the book, the children ask the questions that, perhaps, everyone has wanted to ask about traditional religious texts and their associated practices. The 'bullocks' of the title are a specific reference to the biblical practice of animal sacrifice, but are also a general metaphor for any religious text or practice that appears to mask the prophetic - and divine - demand for goodness and justice. The approach to these texts and practices is challenging, encouraging readers of any persuasion to look at the basis of their religious tradition and seek ways to apply it to the modern world. 'Never Mind the Bullocks' is a bar-/bat-mitzvah course, a provocative discourse on the origins of religion and religious texts and a light-hearted tale of a group of twelve year-olds learning about their heritage in an unconventional way that provides food for thought for all ages.

About the Author:

Rabbi Pete Tobias is well-known as a Pause for Thought presenter on BBC Radio 2's 'Wake up to Wogan' show as well as other radio appearances, including 'Good Morning Sunday' with Aled Jones. He has been rabbi of The Liberal Synagogue Elstree since 2003, having previously served congregations in Glasgow and Birmingham. A former primary school teacher who also spent 17 summers at Liberal Judaism's Kadimah Summer School, Pete trained for the rabbinate at the Leo Baeck College in London and was ordained in 1990. He is the author of 'Liberal Judaism: A Judaism for the Twenty-First Century' (2007), several educational programmes and occasional articles for newspapers, including the Guardian and the Jewish Chronicle. Pete is a lifelong supporter of Watford Football Club.

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