February 21, 2018
Why Jewish law is so much more than a dry, unbending code
Review by Rabbi Jonny Solomon • Lookstein Digest · Times of Israel
Ever since first encountering the writings of Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo I have found myself agreeing with much of what he has written. He is a rare thinker who lives in many worlds, and he describes many of his ideas with true elegance by weaving profound Jewish teachings with exquisite insights from the world of philosophy, art and music. Moreover, as someone who not only listens to Beethoven, Bach & Mozart but plays them too, I have a debt of gratitude to Rabbi Cardozo for putting into words my love affair with music and for explaining how I can understand more about my relationship with God through my relationship with music.
However, beyond my admiration of Rabbi Cardozo, as well as my love of Read the rest of this entry »
February 4, 2018
Reviews by Amos Lassen
My personal relation with Judaism is something I rarely feel free to discuss simply because it is personal. When I read the Torah, I always try to look for meanings that will affect me personally and these I am willing to share as I am constantly amazed that something written so long ago still holds relevance today. Daniel Shulman does the same here. He explores the Torah searching for meanings that speak directly to him. We all want to believe that the holy writings are open and accessible to all of us and that we each have the right to approach it.
One does not need to be specifically trained to study Torah. It is always there and can be read by anyone at anytime. Torah scholars are constantly looking for something new and this is not the same as looking for relevance. “The hope is that any Jew may be inspired to likewise seek his or her own voice in interpreting Torah.” Read the rest of this entry »
January 31, 2018
Eve Harrow • The Land of Israel
“Nathan Lopes Cardozo is on a life mission to liberate Jewish Law from its artificial Diaspora codification. An organic, even prophetic Halacha, revived as Am Yisrael has returned to our homeland, provides new challenges and opportunities. The rabbinical establishment perpetuates a stagnant and hollow Judaism that isn’t relevant for many today. Do we experience God in our lives? Is doubt is better than certainty? Where’s the awareness of amazement?
Rabbi Cardozo’s new book “Jewish Law as Rebellion: A Plea for Religious Authenticity and Halachic Courage” will bring tears to your eyes, ideas to your mind, hope to your heart and a song to your soul. But…this brilliant and introspective warrior for Judaism and humanity needs us to put his groundbreaking proposals to work. Eve is rejuvenated and uber inspired.
Listen and then read his Book. Internalize it. Start to Fight.”
To listen to Eve’s show – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mib3UryJ2gI
To order Jewish Law As Rebellion visit Urim Publications
January 29, 2018
Melissa Amster • The Jewish Food Experience
What kind of connection does food have to the Torah, aside from the laws of kashrut? Diana Lipton explored this concept in the book From Forbidden Fruit to Milk and Honey: A Commentary on Food in the Torah, where she worked with a team of 52 internationally acclaimed scholars to write essays on each parasha (Torah portion) and how food Read the rest of this entry »
January 22, 2018
Rabbi Ari Enkin • Torah Book Reviews
Hearing about this release certainly “whet my appetite” to get my hands on it. A parsha book that focuses exclusively on food in the Torah was a cool idea, I thought. Although many might mistakenly believe that the Jewish love affair with food originated at the turn of the 20th century in the Delicatessens of the Lower East Side, this book shows that the Jewish love affair with food extends back to the Bible, and by extension, the first days of Creation.
The book includes one chapter for every parsha. Each chapter begins with a general 2-4-page essay on the theme of food in the parsha that is submitted by a different author each time. Following the Read the rest of this entry »
January 21, 2018
Dr. Israel Drazin • The Blogs: The Times of Israel
Michael Kaufman’s “Am I My Body’s Keeper?” is an important lifesaving book. He states that the Bible tells people to exercise and do other acts to assure their health. God did not create humans to sit and deteriorate.
The book is easy to read. It focuses on the Jewish view toward taking care of our bodies, but the information and ideas in the book are valuable for people of all religions. Kaufman quotes the sage Chafetz Chaim (1839-1933) who wrote “The entire Torah is dependent upon Read the rest of this entry »
January 16, 2018
Daniel Keren • The Jewish Connection
In my last column, I discussed a book (“180 Degrees” by Abraham Leib Berenstein) that foucsed on the profiles of 25 Baalei Teshuvah, Jews from secular or assimilated backgrounds who were inspired to make a major life change and embrace a lifestyle based on Torah-true values. The subject of this week’s column is a book that deals with Jewish law for those who were born gentiles and against greater odds and often opposition from family and close friends to convert to Judaism.
Rabbi Michael J. Broyde, a professor of law at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion has published a book that paints an intriguing explanation of how gairim or converts to Judaism are treated by Jewish law.
Rabbi Broyde brings to this sefer his experience of many years as a dayan (religious judge) in the Beth Din of America and as its director; as well as Read the rest of this entry »