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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Lerner, Michael, 1943-
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©1994
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|Notes:||"A Grosset/Putnam book."|
|Description:||xxviii, 436 pages ; 25 cm|
|Contents:||pt. I. The Metaphysics of Healing and Transformation. Ch. 1. Cruelty Is Not Destiny. Ch. 2. Abraham and the Psychodynamics of Childhood. Ch. 3. Moses and the Revolutionary Community. Ch. 4. Something Happened. Ch. 5. The Struggle Between Two Voices of God in Torah. Ch. 6. Compassion for Wounded Healers --
pt. II. God Shattering: The Retreat from God in Jewish History and Contemporary Jewish Life. Ch. 7. How the Revolutionary Message Got Repressed and Abandoned. Ch. 8. Holocaust, Evil, and the Conservatizing of Jewish Sensibilities. Ch. 9. Post-Zionism. Ch. 10. A Politics of Jewish Renewal --
pt. III. God Healing: Jewish Renewal in Daily Life. Ch. 11. Making Judaism More Alive. Ch. 12. Sexism. Ch. 13. The Ecological Religion. Ch. 14. Shabbat. Ch. 15. Jewish Holidays. Ch. 16. Renewing the Life Cycle. Ch. 17. Prayer. Ch. 18. Who Is God?
Lerner maintains that there are two voices in the Torah that have contended with each other throughout Jewish history: the voice of accumulated pain and cruelty that is passed from generation to generation and that masquerades as a patriarchal god, and the voice of God, whose massage of healing and compassion insists the world can be fundamentally transformed. Neoconservatives and some right-wing Israelis have used the Holocaust to justify a Judaism that is cynically "realistic" and demeaning of non-Jews. But that tendency to do unto others what was done to us can be overcome, Lerner says, and Jewish renewal attunes us to the voice of God and strengthens our ability to recognize the image of the divine in every human being.
Jewish Renewal is more than a rethinking of Judaism - it is also a concrete and empathic guide to building a spiritually rich Jewish life. Its ideas are at the vanguard of Jewish thought, but its style assumes no previous knowledge and thus makes it a perfect introduction to what is most exciting in Jewish thought.