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Shalom for the Heart: Torah-Inspired Devotions for a Sacred Life Paperback – March 7, 2017
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About the Author
Rabbi Evan Moffic is lead rabbi of Congregation Solel, a synagogue of 500 families. He blogs regularly for Beliefnet.com, Huffingtonpost.com, and MichaelHyatt.com. Over the last six years, he has officiated at more than 200 interfaith weddings, giving him familiarity with the sensitivities and interests of Christian families in Judaism. He has brought new understanding of the Jewish heritage to churches and Christian groups, including the largest Catholic and Presbyterian churches in Chicago, Illinois, where he lives with his wife and children.
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I feel the difference between Christians and Jews differs only in how each perceives the relevance of these scriptures to their faith and how their views, behaviors, ideals, etc. are practiced and/or observed. As such, the devotions aren't very deep or eye opening. It seems that the author was being overly sweet to the Christian readers and a bit dismissive or critical of Jews.
Saying things like most American Jews don't speak Hebrew is true enough. But to say that everyone is singing something different rather than a specific song or prayer is just bizarre. If you were raised Jewish or converted, you at least know how to pronounce the Hebrew letters and words of those songs and prayers. And if, at the very least, you attend services and various events regularly you've got them memorized just from hearing them so much. And if everyone was singing something different, well yes, we'd care about it, look around confused, many would stop singing, and someone would speak up and ask what was going on. The exception being when you have both Ashkenazi Jews and Sephardic Jews together because some of the pronunciation is different and not that big of a deal.
I did find parts of this book to be wonderful for meditation but overall found the book to be okay but lacking in what I had expected. I would have loved to have seen Torah combined with related selections from the Talmud giving both Christians and Jews a host of educational, devotional meditations.
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