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By Barry W. Holtz / Jewish Publication Society / 2005
The ancient rabbis believed that the world rests on three pillars: study, worship, and good deeds. It is said that the greatest of these is study, for it leads to the other two. But exactly how does the modern Jewish reader go about studying the Mishnah, Talmud, and Midrash—the great ancient and often hard-to-comprehend texts of our tradition? And how do we glean the great insights and wisdom from these sacred texts, which inspired our ancestors, and apply them to our modern lives?
With guidance from renowned author and educator Barry Holtz, these ancient texts take on new meaning for us. He provides a framework for exploring our thinking about God, prayer, and ritual, as well as social issues, such as charity, friendship, and justice. His new study guide helps readers and study groups launch their exploration of the ancient texts, posing probing questions to help them stay engaged as they pursue their quest for a deeper understanding of their faith. This spiritual and spirited book is a must-read for adult Jewish learners and educators alike.
With Noet, this valuable volume is enhanced by cutting-edge research tools. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Powerful topical searches help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Tablet and mobile apps let you take the discussion with you. With Noet, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.
Especially recommended for adult Jewish learners, educators, and any individual questioning the intersection of holy writings, traditional practice, and the demands of daily life.
Barry W. Holtz is Theodore and Florence Baumritter Professor of Jewish Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Holtz, who received his doctorate from Brandeis University, leads courses in teaching classical texts, professional development for teachers, philosophy of Jewish education, and current issues confronting Jewish education. He has written and edited numerous publications in the field of Jewish education.