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Preface ix Introduction: Torat Moshe-The Teaching of Moses 1 Part I: Divinity 1. God Is Unique 11 2. No Divine Power of Evil Exists 23 3. Morality Is God's Supreme Demand 34 4. Worship Is for the Benefit of Humans 46 Part II: Humanity 5. Human Life Is Sacred 61 6. All Human Beings Are Equal 72 7. Men and Women Are Equal 84 8. Human Beings Have Free Will 99 Part III: Society 9. Human Sovereignty Is Limited 113 10. The Priesthood Is Divorced from Magic 123 11. Land and Wealth Are to Be Distributed Equally 134 12. Slavery Must Be Mitigated 148 13. The Needy Must Be Cared For 160 14. A Day of Rest for All 176 Afterword: The Legacy of Moses 187 Notes 192 Bibliography 210 Index 214

About the Author

Rabbi Reuven Hammer is a world renowned scholar, an inspiring Jewish teacher and noted Jewish leader. He was named one of the "Forward 50" - a list of the most influential members of the American Jewish community - and is a former president of the International Rabbinical Assembly.


"Judiciously identif[ies] the religious ideas unique to Judaism, and presents them in a manner accessible to any reader. He deserves our thanks for this book." -Rabbi Harold Kushner, author, When Bad Things Happen to Good People "Presents what is unique and enduringly significant about the teachings of Moses and the Hebrew Bible. Identifies the ongoing spiritual relevance and insights of those teachings for Jews and Gentiles alike. An important contribution." -Rabbi David Ellenson, president, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion "Plumb[s] both the moral depths and spiritual power of Torah ... with eloquence and excellence." -Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, executive vice president, the Rabbinical Assembly "Masterful ... speaks to our generation with important and powerful ideas. Persuasive, inspiring and rewarding reading." -Rabbi Irving "Yitz" Greenberg, past president, Jewish Life Network "Presented with ... scholarship, insight and lucid writing. Valuable for personal reading, study groups and divrei Torah, and I recommend it strongly." -Jeffrey H. Tigay, Emeritus Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania "To distill the essential truths of the Torah requires both learning and vision. Reuven Hammer has achieved this in superlative style." -Rabbi David J. Wolpe, Sinai Temple, Los Angeles; author, Why Faith Matters "With erudition and masterful use of language ... exposes the most compelling intellectual arguments for living a full and rich Jewish life. A 'must read' destined to become a new classic." -Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin, editor, The Modern Men's Torah Commentary "Cogent and clear.... Enables us to appreciate the significance of the Bible anew, not only for our understanding of the past, but for how we think and act today." -Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff, author, The Way Into Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)

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