Thoughts to Pon­der No. 2: Dar­ing Obser­va­tions About the Jew­ish Tradition

Nathan Lopes Cardozo
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By – December 19, 2011

Com­prised of over fifty brief essays on a vari­ety of top­ics (e.g., Man, God, and the Torah,” Edu­ca­tion and Lead­er­ship,” Jew­ish Fam­i­ly and Soci­ety,” Hol­i­days and Cus­toms,” The Pow­er of Prayer”) this vol­ume con­tains a wealth of deep, tran­scen­dent ideas that thought­ful Jews should con­sid­er. Lopes Cardozo’s knowl­edge is vast, and in a sin­gle essay we may encounter Berlin and Spin­oza, Rab­bi Meir Sim­cha of Dvin­sk and the Psalms, but his style remains so acces­si­ble that it is a joy to read, and then to reflect upon. 

One can only hope that Rab­bi Lopes Car­do­zo will con­tin­ue to write his week­ly e‑mail reflec­tions upon which this book is based and that future col­lec­tions will soon be available.

Leonard A. Matanky, Ph.D., serves as asso­ciate super­in­ten­dent of the Asso­ci­at­ed Tal­mud Torahs of Chica­go, direc­tor of its Mor­ris and Rose Gold­man Com­put­er Depart­ment for Jew­ish Stud­ies, dean of Ida Crown Jew­ish Acad­e­my, and rab­bi of Con­gre­ga­tion K.I.N.S. of West Rogers Park (Chica­go).

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