Arnold Eisen is like Michael Lerner with an intellectual twist. Both men seek to help American Jews figure out how to live authentically as Jews without dropping out of mainstream culture. But where Lerner froths poetic with his "politics of meaning," Eisen gives specifics about how Torah can help contemporary Jews learn to live. Taking Hold of Torah comprises five brilliant meditations that follow the structure of the Torah, considering questions about how Jews can relate to their families, synagogues, neighbors, and nation. "No Jewish community has ever existed except on the basis of a live, engaged relation to the Torah," Eisen writes. His tough, forgiving, dense, delightful essays are a good starting place for those seeking such engagement. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"... persuasive... Eisen's aspirations strike a note of hope and longing." --Hadassah Magazine "[Eisen] offers the reader not an academic volume but a personal struggle in a lifelong journey ... a truly helpful book ..." --Jewish Book World "This encouraging work is essential reading for anyone concerned with issues of Jewish faith and the future of Judaism in America." --Jewish Book News "Arnold M. Eisen offers a personal plea for--and a vision of--the revitalising of American Judaism through a renewed relationship to Jewish tradition and the strengthening of Jewish communities." --Jewish Book News " ... required reading for Jewish communal professionals, Taking Hold of Torah spells out the discontents and dreams of the baby boomers and their children who are reinventing Jewish communal life for the modern world." --Jewish Exponent "Melding autobiography with biblical exegesis, philosophical speculation and a program for Jewish educational reform, the book is an unbuttoned riff on what's ailing modern Jews." - Forward " ... a personal story of a modern Jew trying to make sense of Judaism in a time when Jews can choose whether and how to be Jewish ..." --The Jewish Advocate