Com­mit­ment and Com­plex­i­ty: Jew­ish Wis­dom in an Age of Upheaval

Yehu­da Ami­tal; Avid Haco­hen, ed.
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By – January 11, 2012
Rab­bi Ami­tal is a larg­er than life char­ac­ter whose biog­ra­phy includes sur­vivor of a Nazi labor camp, Haganah fight­er, Rosh Yeshi­va, and cab­i­net min­is­ter in the Israeli gov­ern­ment. This book of excerpts from his writ­ings and speech­es is an intro­duc­tion to an edu­ca­tor and thinker known to too few peo­ple. His is a voice of an Israeli Ortho­dox leader and schol­ar who rec­og­nizes the dan­ger of an Ortho­doxy that has spawned Baruch Gold­stein and Yigal Amir. Rab­bi Ami­tal calls for the rab­binate and reli­gion to once again become rel­e­vant to the life of the Israeli pub­lic, advo­cates for a true peace in the region, and teach­es a Torah in which halacha is put into per­spec­tive. While he oppos­es Reform Judaism as a for­mal move­ment, he speaks on behalf of Reform Jew­ish voic­es in mat­ters that per­tain to reli­gion in Israel. At a time in which ten­sion between the Ortho­dox and non-Ortho­dox in Israel con­tin­ues to rise, his teach­ings should be stud­ied widely.
Rab­bi Arnold D. Sam­lan is a Jew­ish edu­ca­tor and rab­bi liv­ing in Mia­mi, Flori­da. He serves as exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Orloff Cen­tral Agency for Jew­ish Edu­ca­tion of Broward County.

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