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Title:Future Tense
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Category:judaism, jewish, philosophy, judaica, religion, spirituality
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Jonathan Sacks takes a timely look at the ambiguous position of Judaism in the world today, For too long Jews have defined themselves in light of the bad things that have happened to them And it is true that many times in the course of history they have been nearly decimated when the First and Second Temples were destroyed when the Jews were expelled from Spain when Hitler proposed his Final Solution Astoundingly the Jewish people have survived catastrophe after catastrophe and remained a thriving and vibrant community The question Rabbi Jonathan Sacks asks is quite simply How How in the face of such adversity has Judaism remained and flourished making a mark on human history out of all proportion to its numbers br br Written originally as a wedding gift to his son and daughter in law i A Letter in the Scroll i is Rabbi Sacks s personal answer to that question a testimony to the enduring strength of his religion Tracing the revolutionary series of philosophical and theological ideas that Judaism created from covenant to sabbath to formal education and showing us how they remain compellingly relevant in our time Sacks portrays Jewish identity as an honor as well as a duty br br The Ba al Shem Tov an eighteenth century rabbi and founder of the Hasidic movement famously noted that the Jewish people are like a living Torah scroll and every individual Jew is a letter within it If a single letter is damaged or missing or incorrectly drawn a Torah scroll is considered invalid So too in Judaism each individual is considered a crucial part of the people without whom the entire religion would suffer Rabbi Sacks uses this metaphor to make a passionate argument in favor of affiliation and practice in our secular times and invites us to engage in our dynamic and inclusive tradition Never has a book more eloquently expressed the joys of being a Jew br br This is the story of one man s hope for the future a future in which the next generation his children and ours will happily embrace the beauty of the world s oldest religion, The Koren Sacks Siddur is the first new Orthodox Hebrew English siddur in a generation The Siddur marks the culmination of years of rabbinic scholarship exemplifies Koren s tradition of textual accuracy and intuitive graphic design and offers an illuminating translation introduction and commentary by one of the world s leading Jewish thinkers Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks Halakhic guides to daily Shabbat and holiday prayers supplement the traditional text Prayers for the State of Israel its soldiers and national holidays for the American government upon the birth of a daughter and more reinforce the Siddur s contemporary relevance A special Canadian Edition is the first to include prayers for the Canadian government within the body of the text, b National Jewish Book Award Winner b br br In this powerful and timely book one of the most admired and authoritative religious leaders of our time tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God If religion is perceived as being part of the problem Rabbi Sacks argues then it must also form part of the solution When religion becomes a zero sum conceit that is my religion is the only right path to God therefore your religion is by definition wrong and individuals are motivated by what Rabbi Sacks calls altruistic evil violence between peoples of different beliefs appears to be the only natural outcome br br But through an exploration of the roots of violence and its relationship to religion and employing groundbreaking biblical analysis and interpretation Rabbi Sacks shows that religiously inspired violence has as its source misreadings of biblical texts at the heart of all three Abrahamic faiths By looking anew at the book of Genesis with its foundational stories of Judaism Christianity and Islam Rabbi Sacks offers a radical rereading of many of the Bible s seminal stories of sibling rivalry Cain and Abel Isaac and Ishmael Jacob and Esau Joseph and his brothers Rachel and Leah br br Abraham himself writes Rabbi Sacks sought to be a blessing to others regardless of their faith That idea ignored for many of the intervening centuries remains the simplest definition of Abrahamic faith It is not our task to conquer or convert the world or enforce uniformity of belief It is our task to be a blessing to the world The use of religion for political ends is not righteousness but idolatry To invoke God to justify violence against the innocent is not an act of sanctity but of sacrilege Here is an eloquent call for people of goodwill from all faiths and none to stand together confront the religious extremism that threatens to destroy us and declare Not in God s Name