Love! A word that everyone thinks they know so much about and yet we know so little. A word that drives many of us to do things that we later regret. And, yet, a word that has been thought about, examined, and debated for nearly three millennia.
In this small volume, Naftali Rothenberg opens the reader’s mind to the insights of some of the greatest thinkers in our rich tradition, people like Rabbi Akiva, Judah Abravanel, and Judah Halevi. Building on the words of Torah, which begins with the stories of creation and the relationships between man and woman, Rothenberg creates a deep understanding into the dynamics of Love as a central focal point in the establishment of the family and the community.
From the initial exploration of Love from a theoretical perspective, Rothenberg introduces the reader to the place of Love within human experience. Although the study is clearly from an historical perspective drawing on literature through the centuries, there are also clear connections to the issues that are before our community in the 21st century whether it be feminism or the place of the marriage contract or the responsibilities that each of us has for each other. For those interested in understanding the relationships between men and women, between husbands and wives, between parents and children, this examination of our tradition will add a deeper understanding of the place of both spiritual and physical Love in our lives today.
Paul A. Flexner, Ed.D., is an Instructor in Educational Psychology at Georgia State University, a veteran of 35 years as a Jewish educator and a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Book Council.