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The Gods Are Broken!


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Nothing less than a journey through two thousand years of Jewish life and intellectual endeavour

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Introduction 0001. Out of Ur 0002. Abraham the Iconoclast 0003. Which Gods Shall We Break Today? 0004. Three Paths to the Sacred 0005. The Primal Trauma of the Jewish People 0006. (Re)Embracing Tera 0007. From Broken Idols to Broken Tablets 0008. The Sound of Broken Glass: Jewish Iconoclasm and Anti-Semitism 000Notes 000Bibliography 000

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Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin is the author of numerous books, including Righteous Gentiles in the Hebrew Bible: Ancient Role Models for Sacred Relationships and Putting God on the Guest List, winner of the 1993 Benjamin Franklin Award for the best religion book published in the United States.


"Can a single story unfold the history of a nation and some of the deepest truths of tradition? Yes, if that story is the rabbis' tale of Abraham and its interpreter is Rabbi Salkin. There is much to learn in this absorbing, important book." David J. Wolpe, rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and the author of Why Faith Matters "Jeffrey Salkin takes us on a magical journey through Jewish history and texts, showing us how a simple, ancient postbiblical tale is essential for our understanding of the totality of the Jewish experience. It is full of insights that will challenge how we as readers view modern society and the idolatries that are inherent in it." Norman J. Cohen, rabbi and professor of Midrash at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, and author of Masking and Unmasking Ourselves "In tidy chapters and subchapters, and in a breezy, excited style, the author explores all aspects of the meaning of brokenness as a Jewish identifier... Smoothly weaving together contemporary scholarship, midrashic elaborations of scripture, and meditation on the key symbols that evoke his central issue, Rabbi Salkin provides a map of Judaic meaning. By comparing and contrasting Abraham's breaking of his father's idols with the breaking of the first set of tablets by Moses, he opens up a investigative mode that has far-reaching consequences for the world Jewish community, both present and future." - Philip K. Jason, Jewish Book Council

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