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“Shuva is a book of rare academic and spiritual depth. In its pages, Yehuda Kurtzer draws effortlessly and brilliantly upon Jewish and western intellectual and religious traditions to create a work of constructive Jewish thought at its best. Shuva should be read and considered by all who are interested in charting a course for a Judaism that is intellectually compelling and religiously vibrant now and in the future.” (Rabbi David Ellenson, President, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion)|“Shuva is an important and provocative book that asks deep questions about identity, our shared past and the Jewish future. Yehuda Kurtzer has become an important guide to vital issues of memory and meaning.” (Rabbi David Wolpe)|“This is a carefully reasoned and powerful discourse on the interface between history and memory, on the challenge to Jews to live with both the universal and the particular. An essential message to the 21st century Jewish community that our future is based not just on recalling our past but on determining how it has shaped us and deciding how we want to mold it to help us build a strong faith and a value-based future. This is an important guide to living with tension and dissonance, not to “find an answer” but to be a people searching for who we want to become. The reader understands that it is our responsibility as Jews to wrestle with fear and love, with being and aspiring, with passivity and action, with trying to find our own thread in a complex and constantly changing tapestry. We can struggle to learn, to understand and to codify, but we must also accept the unknowable and act in the world without having all the answers.” (Ruth W. Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Brandeis (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611682312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611682311
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shmuli.K on April 19, 2012
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I highly recommend this book to anyone who spends any time thinking about Jewish life. This book is simultaneously spot-on, yet nuanced. Kurtzer truly understands the DNA of what makes us Jews tick and challenges us to keep the conversation going. We Jews have a preoccupation with time, he argues. If it is the past that is on our mind, we are either preoccupied with narratives around our destruction or idealizing some heyday that may or may not have occurred. If it is the future that is on our mind, we are either preoccupied with our potential demise, of feverishly debating progressive innovations. What this author truly understands is how obsessed we are with time. Far from critiquing this preoccupation, he appropriates it. Kurtzer does not offer a packaged solution, which is admirable. But he does offer a challenge: to keep the conversation going, vested in time, drawing from our memory and translating this into purposefulness in the present. If you are into the ranting "politics" of modern Jewish life, this book is not for you. The author is a thoughtful scholar and obviously very schooled in classical Jewish text, so don't expect a slick, jousty polemic. Yet, there is an elegance and beauty and occasional wit to his writing -- surprising amongst writers who take on such significant topics. Kurtzer promotes innovation and change in Jewish life, but not for its own sake, and not as it is blown around by the popular winds. He left me thinking that he is offering to the Jewish world, what Edmund Burke offered to Western Christedom: a respect for memory, layered tradition, and accrued wisdom en route to furthering the greatest Jewish tradition of them all: innovating Jewish life in the here and now so that one day our present will be remembered, perhaps even revered, and it too will take its place in the dynamic layering over time that has sustained our people. If you care about Jewish life in the present, buy this book!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Wolf on January 13, 2014
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This book deals with some of the basic philosophical questions in Judaism and relationship with God. The writing is extremely erudite and well thought out. However, the sentence structure is very complex and often difficult to understand. My high school English teacher would have killed me if I had written such tendentious sentences. Well thought out book, but be prepared to struggle with the writing style.
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