THOUGHTS TO PONDER No. 2: Daring Observations About the Jewish Tradition

THOUGHTS TO PONDER No. 2: Daring Observations About the Jewish Tradition
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    THOUGHTS TO PONDER No. 2: Daring Observations About the Jewish Tradition

    by Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo

    Hardcover, 198 pages 
    Urim Publications, 2006 
    ISBN 965-7108-85-3 
    Front cover images: Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaCohen Kook and David Hume 

    From Thoughts to Ponder No. 2:
    "Judaism defies definition. While some of us regret this and thus try to straightjacket our religion, I believe that autonomous thought is fundamental to appreciating Judaism properly, and that philosophical non-conformity is not only the right of every Jewish teacher, but his/her obligation. Students must understand that one can only comprehend the relevance of Judaism through ongoing existential personal discovery and struggle, and this can only be taught by example.
    We must make sure that Judaism, while remaining true to its essential teachings, encourages utter originality in every generation. Judaism must provide an antidote to the poisons of indolence, routine, callousness, and drifting with the current. It must dare and defy and be experienced as a perpetually new and ongoing event."

    About the Author:
    Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo is a world renowned thinker, lecturer and ambassador for Judaism and the Jewish people. He is known for his original insights into how authentic Judaism is able to show new ways in which it will be able to respond to the spiritual and intellectual challenges of modernity. A prolific author, Rabbi Lopes Cardozo's books and essays are read by laymen, Rabbis and academicians throughout the Jewish and non-Jewish world. He is a sought-after lecturer on Judaism and Israel at numerous institutions of higher academic learning, including Jewish Study programs at leading Universities, Religious Academies and Rabbinical Colleges. He is the founder and Dean of the David Cardozo Academy in Jerusalem which is dedicated to educating a new generation of Rabbis, teachers, and Jewish thinkers based on his captivating philosophy.

    Rabbi Lopes Cardozo pens a weekly "Thought to Ponder" which may be subscribed to through the website and is a distinguished member the Spanish Portuguese Community of Amsterdam. He received his rabbinical degree from Gateshead Talmudic College in England and lives with his wife, children and grandchildren in Jerusalem.

    Praise for Thoughts to Ponder:
    "Here are precious thoughts which lead the reader not only to be enlightened by the mass of information and attitude, but also to continue onto his own thinking.... I have no doubt the volume will be acclaimed by all those fortunate to read it..."
    - Rabbi Professor Norman Lamm, Chancellor of Yeshiva University

    "Rabbi Lopes Cardozo has emerged as one of the most thoughtful voices in contemporary Orthodoxy. He is a man of deep faith and wide intellectual horizons, unafraid to confront the challenges of the age with the quiet confidence of one who is attuned to the music of eternity."
    - Rabbi Professor Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Britain

    "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." 
    - Rabbi Dr. Leonard A. Matanky, Jewish Book World