Niles Goldstein has emerged in recent years as one of the most articulate spokespersons for thinking “outside the box” about Judaism and about synagogue and community life. His latest book, Craving the Divine, is a thoughtful work, in which the author brings great wisdom to many of life’s challenges. Emotions such as loneliness and anger, as well as experiences of yearning and determination, are among the issues we all confront at various points in our lives. Rabbi Goldstein’s contribution is to bring a wealth of insights — from Jewish texts, from general literature and from his own experiences — to address these challenges. The book is written in a poetic style that makes it difficult to put down. It is a worthy addition to one’s library, and one that can be taken off the shelf time and time again as we go through our own experiences and searches.
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.