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To Life: A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking

 
 
 
 
To Life: A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking
Author: Harold S. Kushner
ISBN 13: 9780446670029
ISBN 10: 446670022
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Warner Books
Publication Date: 1994-11-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
List Price: $16.00
 
 

Filled with wisdom and gentle humor, here is the essential book on Judaism's traditions and practices from the bestselling author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Both practical and spiritual, Kushner makes Jewish tradition relevant to a new generation as he explores its many facets.

Publishers Weekly

Kushner, a rabbi and author of the bestseller When Bad Things Happen to Good People , here presents a wise and lucid guide to what it means to be Jewish. Distilling his extensive study and reflection, he defines the goal of Judaism as ``bringing God into the world'' by sanctifying ordinary events and by helping people to become fully human through their relatedness to others. As he sees it, God's covenant with the Jews means that God and humans have obligations to one another. Kushner illuminates this reciprocal relationship, emphasizing that people exercise free choice in what direction they take toward goodness and articulating Judaism's expectation that social justice will ultimately prevail. His exuberant approach and organic bonds to a living faith pervade this book, which includes chapters on rituals, holidays, prayer, anti-Semitism, Jews' attachment to Israel and Jewish-Christian relations. (Apr.)