idea is Teshuvah, Returning. Faith in human change” The idea of teshuvah counsels, repentance, returning to God. The concept of second chances and our ability to “come around,” originates in Judaism. And it is central to our daily liturgy and a centerpiece of the Yom Kippur service. Quote: “For harm done to another person repenting to God does not suffice.”
is: “Torah. The People and the Book. Text and Interpretation.” Questions regarding when Whenever the Torah was written and by whom are not as important as the concept and tradition of interpretation, which began long before Ezra’s time. “Freedom of interpretation became the lifeblood of Jewish creativity.” “Judaism has never been fundamentalist in terms on how to read the biblical texts,” Dr. Green argues.
is “Talmud Torah. Teach Them to Your Children. The Role of Education.” Dr. Green maintains that the single most important precept of Judaism can be found in Devarim,(Deuteronomy) 6:7, “You shall teach them diligently to your children.” The commandment to educate, to pass along the legacy is crucial. We are passing the torch. To be a “Ben Torah” a person of learning was an early and crucial aspiration.
The Chavruta, the study partnership, is highly valued in Judaism and denotes a special kind of friendship
Also, wisdom was always seen as cumulative, with each generation of students and scholars standing on the shoulders of all those who came before. But education is not exclusively for the young. Many congregations offer adult education and espouse lifelong learning in order to enhance Jewish literacy.
precept is: “L’HAYYIM To Life! Accepting Death, Affirming Life”
God’s commandments as set forth in Vayikra (Leviticus) are commandments “to live by” (18:5). Talmud instructs that this means that we need to live for them rather than die for them.
Human life is considered sacred. Saving a single life is akin to saving the entire world, says the Talmud. And life means “in this life.” The only place to serve God is here on earth, and nowhere else. Talmud also teaches: “Greater is one hour of fulfilling commandments and doing good in this world than all the life of the World to Come.” One can clearly say: “Message received.”
Dr. Green's number ten
(although there is no ranking), puts last that which som might have put first: "Ehad, Hear O Israel. There is Only One.” The Shema, the cornerstone of “prayers” is, properly speaking not a prayer at all!
This chapter is the most convincing of the ten, in this reviewer’s mind. What is monotheism? What difference has it made? God bestowed God’s own grace on every creature that would ever exist. “Therefore - and this is the key line, the only one that really counts – treat them (others) that way. They are all God’s creatures – just as you are.”
Dr. Green goes on to expound upon the name Y-H-W-H and its many meanings.
In his six-page appendix Dr. Green includes suggestions for further studies, - a welcome addition given that his book serves an “appetizer” of sorts.
This book, can be found online, for instance at AbeBooks.
Both new and used copies are available.
Also, the Kol Rinah Verein Group held a book discussion: July 12, 2020 at 4 PM on Zoom. For more details, see the Kol Rinah Web site