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Best Contemporary Jewish Writingby Michael Lerner
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"The message that the world could be healed and transformed was revolutionary when first articulated by Jewish writers of the past, and it remains radical even today. . . .Cruelty is not destiny. Jewish writing helps us understand that the pain of the past can be transcended."
— From the Introduction by Michael Lerner
Between the covers of this book is a treasure trove of great fiction, poetry, social analysis, and spiritual insight by renowned contributors such as Philip Roth, Marge Piercy, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Naomi Wolf, Norman Podhoretz, Jonathan Rosen, Robert Pinsky, Yehuda Amichai, Rachel Adler, Nathan Englander, Daniel Boyarin, Adrienne Rich, Arthur Waskow, William Safire, Zalman M. Schachter- Shalomi, and many others. Included are famous writers, young and upcoming writers, writers with politics ranging from liberal/progressive to neoconservative. Despite their disparate opinions and points of view, these writers have been chosen by Michael Lerner because they transcend the cynicism and narcissistic self-indulgence of contemporary culture and contribute to the Kabbalistic vision of a world that has been shattered but, can be healed. For some writers, the focus is on personal transformation (tikkun atzmi), for others on healing of the world (tikkun olam.) Still others search for ways to bring holiness into our personal lives and social institutions.
You will be astounded at how much creative new thinking is taking place among Jewish writers, and on topics that are extremely sensitive: the Holocaust, the limits of Jewish liberalism, women in Judaism, the current crisis in Israel, and the renewal of Jewish spiritual life. The first volume in a planned series of annual publications, Best Contemporary Jewish Writing is an essential tool for understanding contemporary culture and social reality.
You don't have to be Jewish to be moved and to learn from these authors. The poetry, fiction, memories, and essays in this book are provocative and engaging, entertaining and inspiring, irreverent, and filled with awe.
Book News Annotation:
Lerner, who is the editor of TIKKUN magazine and a rabbi in San Francisco, has selected writings, both fiction and non-fiction, published between 1994 and 2000 (with a few exceptions), in the first of what he plans as an annual compilation. His reach extends to many types of writing, on many subjects, the selections being made on the basis of the work's discerning reflection on fundamental Jewish concerns. Authors include Philip Roth, Marge Piercy, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Adrienne Rich, William Safire, and about 50 others. Also included is the editor's list of the 100 best contemporary Jewish books.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Sidra DeKoren Ezrahi
U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman
Rachel Naomi Remen
Ruth Knaffo Setton
C. K. Williams
Jewish culture, identity, and spirituality through the eyes of the brightest and best authors
Best Contemporary Jewish Writing is a treasure trove of short stories, poetry, and essays from such renowned contributors as Naomi Wolf, U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman, William Safire, and Marge Piercy. Dive into this rich arrayof writing and you ll see that the Jewish experience reflects universal themes.
The writers in this collection have something to say to Jews, not only to those struggling with their Jewish identity, and also to the wider world. Whether your main interest is in poetry or politics, spirituality or cultural identity, social healing or individual transformation, you ll find Best Contemporary Jewish Writing to be a collection that inspires, excites, and provokes. It also reflects the diversity of thought, opinion, and sensibility of today s best known Jewish thinkers and writers.
This volume is the first in the much anticipated annual series "Best Jewish Writing."
Rachel Adler <BR> Yehuda Amichai <BR> Aharon Appelfeld <BR> Zygmunt Bauman <BR> David Biale <BR> Tsvi Blanchard <BR> Daniel Boyarin <BR> Anita Diamant <BR> Morris Dickstein <BR> Nathan Englander <BR> Nomi Eve <BR> Sidra DeKoren Ezrahi <BR> Nancy Flam <BR> Peter Gabel <BR> Mordechai Gafni <BR> Rebecca Goldstein <BR> Arthur Green <BR> Steve Greenberg <BR> Martin Jay <BR> Rodger Kamenetz <BR> Irena Klepfisz <BR> Kenneth Koch <BR> U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman <BR> Jonathan Mark <BR> Benny Morris <BR> Jacqueline Osherow <BR> Ilana Pardes <BR> Marge Piercy <BR> Robert Pinsky <BR> Daniel Pipes <BR> Norman Podhoretz <BR> Sarah Polster <BR> Dennis Prager <BR> Dahlia Ravikovitch <BR> Rachel Naomi Remen <BR> Adrienne Rich <BR> Jonathan Rosen <BR> Thane Rosenbaum <BR> Philip Roth <BR> William Safire <BR> Susan Schnur <BR> Jonathan Schorsch <BR> Ruth Knaffo Setton <BR> Zalman Schachter-Shalomi <BR> Alan Shaprio <BR> Rami Shapiro <BR> Jerome Slater <BR> Joseph Telushkin <BR> Yona Wallach <BR> Arthur Waskow <BR> C. K. Williams <BR> Naomi Wolf <BR> David Wolpe <P> <BR> <P> <BR>
About the Author
Michael Lerner is the editor of TIKKUN magazine and rabbi of the neo-Hasidic Beyt Tikkun Jewish Renewal synagogue in San Francisco. His most recent book, Spirit Matters: Global Healing and the Wisdom of the Soul, was selected as "one of the most significant books of 2000" by the Los Angeles Times Book Review and won a PEN award. His previous writings include Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin, a dialogue with Cornel West, and Jewish Renewal: A Path to Healing and Transformation (described by Conservative Judaism journal as "stunning, miraculous and faith-renewing"). Rabbi Lerner, designated by Utne Reader as one of America's 100 Most Important Visionaries, has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, and Newsweek. He holds Ph.D.s in philosophy and clinical psychology.
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