Lights in the Forest: Rabbis Respond to Twelve Essential Jewish Questions

CCAR Press
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An anthology of essays written by a wide cross-section of rabbis, Lights in the Forest presents a range of Jewish responses to both theological and philosophical questions pertaining to God, humanity, and the Jewish people. Thoughtful and engaging, these responses are meant to strengthen the reader's sense of Jewish identity through expanding his or her knowledge and understanding of Jewish life, practice, and tradition. 

Perfect for self-study, group study, adult learning, and conversion, the collection strives to encourage further study and ongoing discussion through presenting Judaism's intellectual and spiritual tools as means for leading a life full of purpose and commitment

“Rabbi Israel of Rhyszin tells a story of two people entering a forest. One has a lantern while one does not. The two meet, and the one carrying the lantern is able to illuminate their shared path. When the two part, the one without a lantern is left in the dark once more. From this, we learn that we all must carry our own light. My hope is that this book will provide light along the path and, in so doing, will provide a wider horizon of Jewish tradition and ideals to light the way.”

- Rabbi Paul Citrin, Editor

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Publisher
CCAR Press
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Published on
Oct 31, 2014
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9780881232332
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Judaism / General
Religion / Judaism / Reform
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This content is DRM free.
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Eligible for Family Library

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