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by Shmuley Boteach

Our culture is showing the cracks of a growing fracture. Soaring divorce rates; a crippled economy that rewards the few and punishes the many; religious-fueled hatred; record rates of depression—the headlines paint a grim picture. We inhabit a society that desperately needs fixing. But as Rabbi Shmuley Boteach reveals in his new book, Renewal, our society can made whole again when we as individuals make the choice to live a life based on values. For too long, conversations about values have been derailed by political movements trying to score points over hot-button issues like gay marriage or abortion. Boteach, one of our wisest and most respected counselors and spiritual experts, reaches deep into our history and into our shared religious legacy to revive the key universal values of Judaism for our struggling world. He presents these age-old ideas as guideposts for the challenges of modern times. These values, whose roots are in the Bible and thousands of years of Jewish spiritual living, can be applied to anyone in the modern world—from Christians and Muslims to atheists and agnostics—who want to renew their existence and recommit themselves to the most precious things in life. Renewal shows everyone how to use the timeless values of the Hebrew Bible and Judaism to live a more fulfilling, modern life.Destiny Unlike the Greeks, who believed that life was scripted from birth, the Jews believe in destiny. In short, they reject the idea of tragic fates and instead champion the individuals’ capacity to create their own destiny through individual choice.Redemption Christians and Muslims emphasize salvation, or the need for man to become spiritual—to refine his character and earn a place in heaven. But Jews believe in world redemption, the capacity for the individuals to make heaven here on earth for,the betterment of the community.Action What you do is more important than what you believe. Good deeds always supersede good dogma.Enlightenment Jews are an infinitely curious people and believe that the great bane of existence—boredom—can only be cured by knowledge.Marriage Marriage refers not just to the institution, but rather the softening of the masculine by exposure to the feminine. A culture that does not know how to respect women is bound to collapse.Struggle It is wrestling with our nature, rather than attaining perfection, that constitutes true righteousness. Everyone is somehow flawed, but righteousness is found in the struggle to do right amid a predilection to act selfishly.Sacred Time Whereas other religions sanctify space, Jewish values privilege special moments. The Sabbath day, the holiest day of the week, provides a time for connecting with family and friends.
Download Renewal: A Guide to the Values-Filled Life epub
ISBN: 0465020453
ISBN13: 978-0465020454
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Author: Shmuley Boteach
Language: English
Publisher: Basic Books; 1 edition (May 25, 2010)
Pages: 240 pages
ePUB size: 1843 kb
FB2 size: 1339 kb
Rating: 4.6
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I really enjoyed reading this book. There is food for thought on almost every page and for that reason it's not a book to fly through. It's not slow going by any means but I wanted to put the book down at some points and just think. This book is a great reminder of why I love being a Jew, but it's a book for anyone really, it advocates action rather than intention and reinforces the idea that being human and striving to do the best you can with what you've got is a blessing. Yishar Koach Rabbi.
I really liked this book. Easy to read and clear. Bought several copies to give to friends so they can understand what i find so attractive about Judaism.
This book is amazing, I keep going back and looking over several passages. It needs to be read in increments and pondered over. I think anyone and everyone could benefit from this book. It covers many subjects, many situations. A guide for day to day living. Down to earth wisdom for our times!
I enjoy this rabbi's books so much. The reader doesn't need to be Jewish nor even attend any worship services to benefit from reading and obtaining spiritual guidance, reminders of keeping to a values-filled life, and looking at matters from multi-religious perspectives.
Rabbi Shmuley, does a great job explaining values from a Jewish perspective which I found to be so relevant. Having been in church life for 20 years which in included earning a Bible college degree I really love the depth and richness found in the Jewish way of seeing HaShem and the world. If Christian's could realise that Yeshua was Jewish we would realise that the Jewish people are a gift to the world in making it a better place.
Terrific. There's a lot of wisdom here.
This is a great book. I highly recommend it.
I loved this book. I originally bought it for my Kindle. Ended up purchasing a hard copy for myself and just purchased two hardback copies from Amazon to give as gifts. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach gives you so much to think about that I found myself re-reading paragraphs (just to be sure that 'I got it'), then turning off my Kindle and just.....thinking. This book speaks to all ages and religions and would be a wonderful addition to anyone's bookshelf.
Well written. Thought provoking. Informative. Great book.