Index by Contributor
How to Use This Book
Rabbinic Commentators, Literary Figures and Texts Noted in the Book
Bibliography and Suggestions for Further Reading
Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin is recognized as one of the most thoughtful
Jewish writers and teachers of his generation. He has helped people
of all ages find spiritual meaning in both the great and small
moments in life.
A noted author whose work has appeared in many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest and the Congressional Record, Rabbi Salkin is editor of The Modern Men's Torah Commentary: New Insights from Jewish Men on the 54 Weekly Torah PortionsandText Messages: A Torah Commentary for Teens; and author of Being God's Partner: How to Find the Hidden Link Between Spirituality and Your Work, with an introduction by Norman Lear; the best-seller Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah; For Kids—Putting God on Your Guest List: How to Claim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah and Righteous Gentiles in the Hebrew Bible: Ancient Role Models for Sacred Relationships (all Jewish Lights), among other books.
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—Rabbi Harold Schulweis, Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, California; author, Conscience: The Duty to Obey and the Duty to Disobey
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—Daniel Boyarin, PhD, professor of Talmudic culture, University of California, Berkeley
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