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In his inimitable style, Waskow (Becoming Brothers, Free Pr., 1993) discusses the practical aspects of life?eating, sex, earning a living, and leisure?within a religious context. While he extrapolates from traditional Jewish sources, his interpretations, as in his many previous books, are heavily influenced by mysticism, psychosocial theories, and current ecological movements. He is deeply troubled by the imbalance between men and women that he sees as part of Judaism, showing that women did not share in shaping the religion. Another major theme is the relationship between humans and the ecosystem; Waskow propounds new meanings for the premise that the earth is God's creation. Fluidity is the keynote to his approach, and this is the antithesis of organized religions. Provocative, stimulating, and controversial, his book is recommended because it raises serious religious issues, not because it offers solutions.?Carol R. Glatt, VA Medical Ctr. Lib., Philadelphia
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As the subtitle indicates, Waskow divides his book into the categories of food, money, sex, and the rest of life--rest as in resting, reposing, and reflecting. Waskow examines new ways to understand Judaism and apply its spiritual meaning to daily life. He emphasizes the equality of men and women and the need to include all Jews in meaningful worship. Under the category of food, he discusses such problems as keeping kosher (not only how, but why it should be done), fasting, and reciting the blessings on the Sabbath and festivals. In regard to money, Waskow examines such topics as the ethical and moral implications of various careers, the relationship between employers and employees, borrowing and lending, and giving to charity. The section on sex deals with adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, prostitution, procreation, marriage, and divorce. This spiritual guide to Judaism contains a wealth of wisdom and advice for Jews struggling to keep the faith in these secular times. George Cohen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (March 19, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688151272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688151270
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,242,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Waskow's a founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, an antiwar activist who turned his concern for social justice into his faith and his action. Waskow writes with a predictable mix of insight and utopianism. He's not a skilled synthesist of the many strands from three thousand years of the tradition, nor could he be. He simply adds his voice to those preceding him, if with an emphasis upon raising at least as many questions as he answers. This is a compendium of his thoughts more than a blueprint for particular remedies to what Waskow diagnoses as the malaise afflicting many Jews today. Modernity, from Columbus to the Holocaust has faded; we live in a gap between what was for Judaism and what will be, perhaps not shown fully until three centuries or so from now.

Meanwhile, Jews must reconstruct what works for them from the previous centuries. The Biblical period he characterizes as body-centered in ritual, gesture, agriculture, herding, and the land of Israel. The Rabbinical period brought a shift forcing the Jews into the diaspora, into money rather than land as their source of livelihood, and into a word-based reliance upon debate, exegesis, and Talmud that expanded upon Torah. Modernity moved Jews into confrontation and incorporation with the wider Christian ethos and capitalist hegemony, into political, social, and economic actions that assimilated many of the tribe, forced others into retreat, and left many caught between giving in and holding out.

Where are Jews perched today?
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 1999
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Rabbi Waskow provides historical insite and warmth to a newer vision of Judaism. His door is open as is his heart to include everyone, including zealots who often disagree with Waskow's 21st century vision of revived Jewish study and 16th century rabbinic interpretations of Torah. He breathes new life into ancient traditions and ritual. Not a favorite with Rightwing Jews or Christians.....
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Maroney on August 26, 2010
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Down to Earth Judaism is true to its name, exploring areas of Jewish life that are distinctly embodied, and therefore very much in the halakhic sphere. The book is divided into three main areas: food, money, sex, and a shorter section entitle rest.

Rabbi Waskow does a lot of heavy lifting in this book, and does not shy away from difficult topics in modern Jewish life. He takes on the enormous complexity of Jewish practice and identity, and carefully explains their problems, suggests solutions, and offers more avenues of study.

Along with a few other rabbis, Rabbi Waskow is trying to find new pathways in Jewish experience; new pathways, but also connected to the old. He realizes that a Jewishess separated from its heritage of practice and study would be something else entirely. So he tries to move Judaism in yet another direction in its historical development.

Many may not like some of his conclusions or suggestions, but as he repeatedly points out, there is more than one path within Judaism.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Barenblat on December 9, 2002
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In this title, Waskow explores important basic issues through a variety of lenses, and his insights are wide-ranging. Judaism has changed significantly, he points out, over the ages; Biblical Judaism differed from Rabbinic Judaism, and it's possible that we're approaching a new turn of the spiral, a "post-Rabbinic" age in which Judaism may grow into new forms. Those forms, whatever they may be, will be shaped by how Jews of today and tomorrow address food (eating, kashrut, and also other kinds of "consumption"), money (cash, class, tzedakah/righteous giving), sex (the whole matrix of sexual and erotic relationships, between and among the genders), and rest (work, play, and Shabbat) .Waskow's trademark warmth, scholarship, and wry humor are apparent throughout "Down-to-Earth Judaism." I recommend this book highly.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1996
Format: Hardcover
"Down to Earth Judaism" is a deeply insightful, profoundly
thought-provoking survey of Jewish thinking regarding
mundane activities: eating, lovemaking, earning and spending
money, and periodic rest. He capably reviews classical
Jewish attitudes and practices surrounding each of these
areas, and then presents visions of how these practices
can be renewed and transformed in our day and age, to
foster a more meaningful life. This book isn't just for
Jews, but for anyone interested in finding meaning
in the seemingly profane activites of day to day life.
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