By Lawrence Kushner

ISBN-10: 0805242201

ISBN-13: 9780805242201

within the old Jewish perform of the kavannah (a meditation designed to concentration one’s center on its non secular goal), Lawrence Kushner and David Mamet supply their very own reactions to key verses from every one week’s Torah element, establishing the biblical textual content to new layers of understanding.

Here is an engaging glimpse into nice minds, as every one writer methods the textual content from his particular point of view, each one looking an knowing of the Bible’s personalities and commandments, paradoxes and ambiguities. Kushner deals his phrases of Torah with a conversational enthusiasm that levels from relatives dynamics to the Kabbalah; Mamet demanding situations the reader, frequently starting his remark a long way afield—with Freud or the yank judiciary—before returning to a textual content now totally reinterpreted.

In the culture of Israel as a those who combat with God, Kushner and Mamet grapple with the biblical textual content, succumbing neither to apologetics nor parochialism, asking questions with no worry of the solutions they could locate. Over the process a yr of weekly readings, they touch upon all elements of the Bible: its richness of subject and language, its contradictions, its commandments, and its usually unfathomable calls for. when you are already conversant in the Bible, this ebook will draw you again to the textual content for a deeper glance. when you have now not but explored the Bible extensive, Kushner and Mamet are publications of unheard of knowledge and discernment. 5 towns of safe haven is definitely available but powerfully illuminating. every one week’s reviews could be learn in a couple of minutes, yet they'll offer you anything to consider all week lengthy.

Lawrence Kushner teaches and writes because the Emanu-El student on the Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco. He has taught at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of faith in manhattan urban and served for twenty-eight years as rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, Massachusetts. A common lecturer, he's additionally the writer of greater than a dozen books on Jewish spirituality and mysticism. He lives in San Francisco.

David Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright. he's the writer of Glengarry Glen Ross, The Cryptogram, and Boston Marriage, between different performs. He has additionally released 3 novels and plenty of screenplays, kid's books, and essay collections.

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