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A Letter in the Scroll电子书

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作       者:Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

出  版  社:Free Press

出版时间:2001-02-14

字       数:34.1万

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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? Written originally as a wedding gift to his son and daughter-in-law, A Letter in the Scroll 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. 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. 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.
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Cover Page

Title Page

Copyright Page

Dedication Page

Contents

Preface

Prologue

Part I: The Question

1. Why Be Jewish?

2. Answers

3. Who Am I? Who Are We?

4. A Letter in the Scroll

Part II: The Journey

5. A Palace in Flames

6. The Idea of Man

7. Covenantal Morality

8. The Chosen People

Part III: The Vision

9. Exodus and Revelation

10. Covenantal Society

11. Tragedy and Triumph

12. Truth Lived

Part IV: The Future

13. In the Valley of the Shadow

14. Ambivalence and Assimilation

15. This Is Ours

16. Why I Am a Jew

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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