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The Way of the Boundary Crosser: An Introduction to Jewish Flexidoxy Hardcover – February 1, 1998


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc.; First Edition edition (February 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765799863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765799869
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,258,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gershon Winkler is a widely recognized scholar in the fields of Jewish law, lore, theology, and mysticism. A descendant of a scion of rabbis originating in Judea, Rabbi Winkler has devoted much of the past two decades to writing and teaching about the lesser-promulgated wisdoms of Judaism and to Hebraic scriptural interpretation. Rabbi Winkler is also the founder and executive director of Walking Stick Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to the recovery of aboriginal Judaism.

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1998
Format: Hardcover
For two hundred years, many Jews have argued that Judaism must evolve and keep pace with changing circumstances if it is to survive. Most such Jews, however, have grounded their philosophy in such secular concepts as "humanism," "historical process" and "individualism," thus leaving themselves open to the charge that they are not being true to the spirit of Judaism.
Enter Rabbi Gershon Winkler, a leading Jewish Renewal teacher. In his latest work he makes use of classical and medieval Jewish texts to show that flexibility, innovation and dynamism are not only permissible within Judaism but are the very essence of the Jewish path. But this is not a pedantic work. Through Winkler's artful translations, the voices of Jewish sages come alive and engage the reader in dialogue. The Way of the Boundary Crosser is essential reading for Jews who are tired of the stale Judaism offered by today's "movements," and who wish to rediscover the ever-flowing, ever-changing, growth-affirming potential within the Jewish tradition.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Levin on September 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Living in south central Montana, one must create traditions and observances of important events that reflect truth. This year 5761, I read "The Way of the Boundary Crosser" as part of my Rosh Ha Shana ritual. Rabbi Winker brings loving, compassionate energy to his writing that he shares in person. The flexidoxical origins of our faith are clearly explained and referenced in a way that many will appreciate and understand. The chapter on the Seasons was uplifting. Especially meaningful for me was the chapter on Feminophobia. Rabbi Winker clarified lessons taught to me by a Traditional Rabbi about my special place in Judaism as a women and verified the inclusion to ritual that I was initially given only to be reversed by "orthodox rabbis". L'Shana Tova.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Brumbach on March 15, 2007
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The Way of the Boundary Crosser is a must read for anyone who cares about their Jewish experience and wants to live a Jewish life that is meaningful and applicable in a modern age. I highly recommend this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Sabani on May 5, 2012
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This book opened a way back into Judaism for me, real Judaism, the kind that makes it okay to be a boundary crosser, that reinvigorated my connection with Hashem.
This is what real Judaism looks like.
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By J. Bright on November 25, 2013
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I absolutely love this book. It is a definite keeper as I use it consistently as a resource to refer back to. I find that most of Gershon Winkler's books are this way. The ideas are presented clearly and as the uthor's style he provides a wealth of references to elucidate his points. I will treasure this book for a long time.
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