The Reluctant Jew
AuthorHouse, 2 de mar. de 2007 - 376 páginas
Even if you are agnostic or hard-core atheist there is a dazzling, thought-expanding, bright side to religion you may have overlooked. Living a spiritual life in the tradition of the Jewish faith, does not mean mindless adherence to outdated dogma. Judaism, instead, can be a source of exhilarating wonder, an inspiration to justice, and an impetus to ever increasing knowledge. Nowadays, even many who profess to be the most pious among us realize that when asked, What is God?, they must answer logically, even scientifically, to be persuasive. Theyre aware that any religion, to be convincing, other than to die-hard adherents, can not be at odds with reason and blindly insist only it speaks the truth. The field, therefore, is wide open. Each of us can attempt to journey towards a concept of God that makes sense, celebrates the discoveries of science, and will, hopefully, imbue the traveler with wonderment at the astonishing beauty in the world that too often lays hidden from us.
Join Michael Grossman in his journey to the heart of Judaism, which places much more emphasis on "what people do" than on "what they believe," and in the process, an understanding of all the worlds great faiths.
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“Zack, we've only driven ten miles from the house. What's wrong with you?” My
wife corrected me. “We've been in the car for almost an hour. You ever hear of a
map?” “Dad,” Alyson said, “I'm telling you, it was that brown building back there.
... Zack, who was listening to the rabbi. I changed the subject. “This is a beautiful
synagogue,” I remarked. “I've never been in one this nice before.” “We get a lot of
compliments. Believe it or not, it used to be a discotheque, but was completely ...
Although Zack hadn't screamed when we first visited JCC, he was starting to
scream now. This was his first day of Hebrew school. As Zack and Alyson and the
other students assembled for orientation, I noticed there were still only eleven of ...
Zack and I looked at each other. We had been to that stream at the end of August,
three weeks earlier, not for any religious purpose, but because Zack wanted to
see if there were any frogs to catch. There weren't, and for good reason.
“Look, Zack,” said Jonathan, “at those huge water bugs,” and then, really
excitedly, “and at the size of that water snake.” “Wow,” Zack said again. “This is
the best part of the whole service.” I thought to myself, “We need a Plan C.” But
there was ...