The Heart of Torah, Gift Set: Essays on the Weekly Torah Portion

The Heart of Torah, Gift Set: Essays on the Weekly Torah Portion

By: Shai Held (author), Yitz Greenberg (foreword_author)Mixed Media

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In The Heart of Torah, Rabbi Shai Held's Torah essays-two for each weekly portion-open new horizons in Jewish biblical commentary. Held probes the portions in bold, original, and provocative ways. He mines Talmud and midrashim, great writers of world literature, and astute commentators of other religious backgrounds to ponder fundamental questions about God, human nature, and what it means to be a religious person in the modern world. Along the way, he illuminates the centrality of empathy in Jewish ethics, the predominance of divine love in Jewish theology, the primacy of gratitude and generosity, and God's summoning of each of us-with all our limitations-into the dignity of a covenantal relationship.

About Author

Rabbi Shai Held is president, dean, and chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar and directs its Center for Jewish Leadership and Ideas in New York City. He is the author of Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence and a recipient of the Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education. Rabbi Yitz Greenberg is one of the preeminent Jewish thinkers of our time.


VOLUME 1 Foreword Acknowledgments A Note on Translations Introduction Genesis Bere'shit No. 1. What Can Human Beings Do, and What Can't They? Or, Does the Torah Believe in Progress? Bere'shit No. 2. Created in God's Image: Ruling for God Noah No. 1. Before and After the Flood: Or, It All Depends on How You Look Noah No. 2. People Have Names: The Torah's Takedown of Totalitarianism Lekh Lekha No. 1. Are Jews Always the Victims? Lekh Lekha No. 2. Between Abram and Lot: Wealth and Family Strife Va-yera' No. 1. The Face of Guests as the Face of God: Abraham's Radical and Traditional Theology Va-yera' No. 2. In Praise of Protest: Or, Who's Teaching Whom? Hayyei Sarah No. 1. Isaac's Search: On the Akedah and Its Aftermath Hayyei Sarah No. 2. People are Complicated: Or, Sensitivity Is a Dangerous Thing Toledot No. 1. In Praise of Isaac: The Bible's Paragon of Marital Empathy Toledot No. 2. Between God and Torah: Judaism's Gamble Va-yetse' No. 1. Can We Be Grateful and Disappointed at the Same Time? Or, What Leah Learned Va-yetse' No. 2. No Excuses: Jacob's Sin and Its Consequences Va-yishlah No. 1. The Fear of Killing: Jacob's Ethical Legacy Va-yishlah No. 2. The Power of Compassion: Or, Why Rachel's Cries Pierce the Heavens Va-yeshev No. 1. Against Half-Heartedness Va-yeshev No. 2. Election and Service: What Joseph Learned Mikkets No. 1. His Brother's Brother: Judah's Journey Mikkets No. 2. Reuben's Recklessness: What Disqualifies a Leader? Va-yiggash No. 1. Humiliation: Judaism's Fourth Cardinal Sin? Va-yiggash No. 2. Saving and Enslaving: The Complexity of Joseph Va-yehi No. 1. The Majesty of Restraint: Or, Joseph's Shining Moment Va-yehi No. 2. Underreacting and Overreacting: Dinah's Family in Crisis Exodus Shemot No. 1. Why Moses? Or, What Makes a Leader? Shemot No. 2. Gratitude and Liberation Va-'era' No. 1. The Journey and the (Elusive) Destination Va-'era' No. 2. Cultivating Freedom: When is Character (Not) Destiny? Bo' No. 1. Pharaoh: Consumed By the Chaos He Sows Bo' No. 2. Receiving Gifts (and Learning to Love?): The "Stripping" of the Egyptians Be-shallah No. 1. Leaving Slavery Behind: On Taking the First Step Be-shallah No. 2. Bread From the Sky: Learning to Trust Yitro No. 1. Does Everyone Hate the Jews? And, Is There Wisdom Outside of Torah? Yitro No. 2. Honoring Parents: (Sometimes) the Hardest Mitzvah of All Mishpatim No. 1. Turning Memory Into Empathy: The Torah's Ethical Charge Mishpatim No. 2. Hearing the Cries of the Defenseless: Or, We Are All Responsible Terumah No. 1. Being Present While Making Space: Or, Two Meanings of Tzimtzum Terumah No. 2. Returning to Eden? An Island of Wholeness in a Fractured World Tetsavveh No. 1. God in the Mishkan: Present But Not Domesticated Tetsavveh No. 2. Between Ecstasy and Constancy: The Dynamics of Covenantal Commitment Ki Tissa' No. 1. The Importance of Character: Or, Why Stubbornness Is Worse Than Idolatry Ki Tissa' No. 2. God's Expansive Mercy: Moses's Praise and Jonah's Fury Va-yak'hel No. 1. Whom Do We Serve? The Exodus toward Dignified Work Va-yak'hel No. 2, Pekudei No. 1. (A) Building with Heart Pekudei No. 2. Building a Home for God Notes on Genesis Notes on Exodus A Note on Bible Commentaries Bibliography Subject Index Classical Sources Index VOLUME 2Foreword Acknowledgments A Note on Translations Introduction Leviticus Va-yikra' No. 1. Order Amid Chaos: Connecting to Leviticus Va-yikra' No. 2. The Fall and Rise of Great Leaders: Or, What Kind of Leaders Do We Need? Tsav No. 1. No Leftovers: The Meaning of the Thanksgiving Offering Tsav No. 2. Buying God Off: Jeremiah and the Problem of Religious Hypocrisy Shemini No. 1. Is Vegetarianism a Biblical Ideal? Shemini No. 2. Of Grief Public and Private: Moses and Aaron Face the Unimaginable Tazria' No. 1. Living on the Boundary: The Complexity and Anxiety of Childbirth Tazria' No. 2, Metsora' No. 1. Struggling with Stigma: Making Sense of the Metzora Metsora' No. 2. Life-Giving, Death-Dealing Words `Aharei Mot No. 1. Yom Kippur: Purifying the Tabernacle and Ourselves `Aharei Mot No. 2, Kedoshim No. 1. The Holiness of Israel and the Dignity of the Disabled Kedoshim No. 2. Loving Our Neighbor: A Call to Emotion and Action `Emor No. 1. Covenantal Joy: What Sukkot Can Teach Us `Emor No. 2. Between Grief and Anticipation: Counting the Omer Be-har No. 1. Another World to Live In: The Meaning of Shabbat Be-har No. 2, Be-hukkotai No. 1. God's Unfathomable Love Be-hukkotai No. 2. Standing Tall: Serving God with Dignity Numbers Be-midbar No. 1. Divine Love and Human Uniqueness Be-midbar No. 2. A Torah for All? Universalism and Its Dangers Naso' No. 1. On Channeling and Receiving Blessing Naso' No. 2. The Risk of Relationality: Or, Why Confession Matters Be-ha'alotekha No. 1. It's Not About You: Or, What Moses Knew Be-ha'alotekha No. 2. After Pain, Prayer: What Moses (and Job) Can Teach Us Shelah No. 1. The Tragedy (and Hope) of the Book of Numbers Shelah No. 2. (Don't) Follow Your Heart and Your Eyes: Between Numbers and Ecclesiastes Korah No. 1. Every Jew a High Priest? The Meaning of Tzitzit and the Sin of Korah Korah No. 2. Giving, Taking, and the Temptations of Leadership Hukkat No. 1. When Everything Starts to Look the Same: Moses's Failure Hukkat No. 2. Putting Down Ancient Grudges (and Learning Kindness): Between Israel and Edom Balak No. 1. The Lampooned Prophet: On Learning From (and With) Balaam Balak No. 2. Not There Yet Pinhas No. 1. When Zealotry Metastasizes: The Passionate Self-Regard of Pinhas Pinhas No. 2. Between Zealotry and Self-Righteousness: Or, Was Elijah the Prophet Fired? Mattot No. 1. Cattle, Cattle Everywhere: The Failure of Reuben and Gad Mattot No. 2, Mase'ei No. 1. Serving God in All We Do: Israel's Journeys and Resting-Places Mase'ei No. 2. Do Not Murder! Shedding Innocent Blood and Polluting the Land Deuteronomy Devarim No. 1. "Do Not Be Afraid of Anyone": On Courage and Leadership Devarim No. 2. A Bolt from the Blue: Or, When God Falls in Love Va-ethannan No. 1. Coveting, Craving . . . and Being Free Va-ethannan No. 2. A God So Close, and Laws So Righteous: Moses's Challenge (and Promise) `Ekev No. 1. Will and Grace: Or, Who Will Circumcise Our Hearts? `Ekev No. 2. Always Looking Heavenward: Learning Dependence Re'eh No. 1. Opening Our Hearts and Our Hands: Deuteronomy and the Poor Re'eh No. 2. Women in Deuteronomy-and Beyond Shofetim No. 1. The Future Is Wide Open: Or, What Prophets Can and Cannot Do Shofetim No. 2. Give the People (Only Some of) What They Want: Deuteronomy and the King Ki Tetse' No. 1. Let Him Live Wherever He Chooses: Or, Why Runaway Slaves Are Like God Ki Tetse' No. 2. Combating Cruelty: Amalek Within and Without Ki Tavo' No. 1. Against Entitlement: Why Blessings Can Be Dangerous Ki Tavo' No. 2. Between Fear and Awe: Forgetting the Self Nitsavim No. 1. Going in Deep: What It Takes to Really Change Nitsavim No. 2, Va-yelekh No. 1. Returning to Sinai Every Seventh Year: Equality, Vulnerability, and the Making of Community Va-yelekh No. 2. Why Joshua? Or, In (Ambivalent) Praise of Hesitancy Ha'azinu No. 1. "I May Not Get There With You": The Death of Moses and the Meaning of Covenantal Living Ha'azinu No. 2. Hearing the Whisper: God and the Limits of Language Ve-zo't ha-berakhah No. 1. The Beginning and End of Torah Notes on Leviticus Notes on Numbers Notes on Deuteronomy A Note on Bible Commentaries Bibliography Subject Index Classical Sources Index

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