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Five Cities of Refuge: Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy

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In the ancient Jewish practice of the kavannah (a meditation designed to focus ones heart on its spiritual goal), Lawrence Kushner and David Mamet offer their own reactions to key verses from each weeks Torah portion, opening the biblical text to new layers of understanding.

Here is a fascinating glimpse into two great minds, as each author approaches the text from his unique perspective, each seeking an understanding of the Bibles personalities and commandments, paradoxes and ambiguities. Kushner offers his words of Torah with a conversational enthusiasm that ranges from family dynamics to the Kabbalah; Mamet challenges the reader, often beginning his comment far afield—with Freud or the American judiciary—before returning to a text now wholly reinterpreted.

In the tradition of Israel as a people who wrestle with God, Kushner and Mamet grapple with the biblical text, succumbing neither to apologetics nor parochialism, asking questions without fear of the answers they may find. Over the course of a year of weekly readings, they comment on all aspects of the Bible: its richness of theme and language, its contradictions, its commandments, and its often unfathomable demands. If you are already familiar with the Bible, this book will draw you back to the text for a deeper look. If you have not yet explored the Bible in depth, Kushner and Mamet are guides of unparalleled wisdom and discernment. Five Cities of Refuge is easily accessible yet powerfully illuminating. Each weeks comments can be read in a few minutes, but they will give you something to think about all week long.

Lawrence Kushner teaches and writes as the Emanu-El Scholar at The Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco. He has taught at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City and served for twenty-eight years as rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, Massachusetts. A frequent lecturer, he is also the author of more than a dozen books on Jewish spirituality and mysticism. He lives in San Francisco.

David Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. He is the author of Glengarry Glen Ross, The Cryptogram, and Boston Marriage, among other plays. He has also published three novels and many screenplays, children's books, and essay collections.

Synopsis:

A leading scholar of Jewish spirituality and a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright--study partners of long standing--offer a unique exploration of the meaning of the Bible in today's world.

Synopsis:

This challenging and inspiring book grows out of the Jewish tradition of the "kavannah, a short message of intention or devotion at the beginning of prayer or study. From each prescribed weekly reading of the Bible, Kushner and Mamet choose a few verses on which to comment: a "kavannah that opens the text to a deeper understanding. Kushner speaks about the verses with often surprising honesty and a conversational enthusiasm that leads us from the Bible to psychology to eighteenth-century Hasidism. Mamet, with his inimitable wit, takes us far afield--from Freud to Jewish mysticism to the American judiciary--in order to see the text in a wholly new way. In a year of weekly readings, Kushner and Mamet comment on all aspects of the Bible: its richness of theme and language; its contradictions, commandments, and often unfathomable demands. "Five Cities of Refuge is tremendously accessible--each week's comments can be read in a few minutes--but it is at the same time powerfully illuminating.

About the Author

Lawrence Kushner teaches and writes as the Emanu-El Scholar at The Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco. He has taught at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City and served for twenty-eight years as rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, Massachusetts. A frequent lecturer, he is also the author of more than a dozen books on Jewish spirituality and mysticism. He lives in San Francisco.

David Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. He is the author of Glengarry Glen Ross, The Cryptogram, and Boston Marriage, among other plays. He has also published three novels and many screenplays, children's books, and essay collections.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805242201
Author:
Kushner, Lawrence
Publisher:
Schocken Books Inc
Author:
Lawrence Kushner and David Mamet
Author:
Kushner, Lawrence
Author:
Mamet, David
Location:
New York
Subject:
Bible - Study - Old Testament
Subject:
Bible
Subject:
Judaism - Sacred Writings
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
G-9
Publication Date:
20030831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.30x4.98x.77 in. .72 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A leading scholar of Jewish spirituality and a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright--study partners of long standing--offer a unique exploration of the meaning of the Bible in today's world.
"Synopsis" by , This challenging and inspiring book grows out of the Jewish tradition of the "kavannah, a short message of intention or devotion at the beginning of prayer or study. From each prescribed weekly reading of the Bible, Kushner and Mamet choose a few verses on which to comment: a "kavannah that opens the text to a deeper understanding. Kushner speaks about the verses with often surprising honesty and a conversational enthusiasm that leads us from the Bible to psychology to eighteenth-century Hasidism. Mamet, with his inimitable wit, takes us far afield--from Freud to Jewish mysticism to the American judiciary--in order to see the text in a wholly new way. In a year of weekly readings, Kushner and Mamet comment on all aspects of the Bible: its richness of theme and language; its contradictions, commandments, and often unfathomable demands. "Five Cities of Refuge is tremendously accessible--each week's comments can be read in a few minutes--but it is at the same time powerfully illuminating.
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