Choosing Hope: The Heritage of Judaism

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Jewish Publication Society
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6.0 X 8.83 X 0.78 inches | 1.08 pounds
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About the Author
David Arnow is a scholar of the festival of Passover. He is the author of Creating Lively Passover Seders and coeditor of My People's Passover Haggadah.
"David Arnow guides us gently, engagingly, and insightfully to see hope where we never noticed it before."--Rabbi Judith Hauptman, E. Billi Ivry Professor Emerita of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture, Jewish Theological Seminary
"Former clinical psychologist Arnow . . . unearths the hopefulness baked into Judaism in this stimulating [work]."--Publishers Weekly-- (1/10/2022 12:00:00 AM)
"This book is a blessing, a sublime meditation on hope, an erudite feast of Jewish wisdom, and a wellspring of surprising, subversive, deeply satisfying epiphanies about the relationship between hope and all the emotions and experiences that comprise a life of meaning. Doubt, despair, anger, activism, memory, humor, love, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, the Holocaust, and the State of Israel are among the topics explored by David Arnow in his masterful illumination of the purpose and power of hope."--Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author of Deborah, Golda, and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America
"Choosing Hope is not only a profound exploration of the meaning and claim of hope but a wonderfully inspiring interpretation of the Jewish tradition. Drawing on meticulous reading of vast sources and teachings, this extraordinary book bears witness to the core idea of Jewish faith itself: as an awakening to confront our sorrows and despair with the personal and communal ongoing task of tikkun."--Moshe Halbertal, John and Golda Cohen Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy at the Hebrew University
"This vital book challenges us to think about hope in a new way--as a response to life in which we are partners in the ongoing work of imagining and creating a better world. Through its nuanced readings of biblical, classical, and mystical texts, Choosing Hope offers a deep and refreshing understanding of the centrality of hope not only in Jewish theology, prayer, and ritual; Jewish values; and even contemporary Israel but also in our own lives. So dive in--and choose hope."--Rabbi Laura Geller, Rabbi Emerita of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills
"This careful, thorough examination of hope in Jewish sources and thought will lift the spirits of all who read it."--Rabbi Steven Bob, author of Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives
"A powerful and impactful aid in affirming our hope and transmitting it to the next generation, suffering more than in any recent time in our history."--San Diego Jewish World-- (4/11/2022 12:00:00 AM)
"An absorbing, insightful, thoughtful and thought-provoking study that is impressively well organized and presented, Choosing Hope: The Heritage of Judaism is an ideal, timely, and unreservedly recommended addition to synagogue, community, college, and university library Judaic Studies collections."--Midwest Book Review
"A thoroughly researched . . . book . . . [which] includes insights into prayer and human potential, the Jewish past and messianic future, Hasidic rabbis and secular thinkers."--Long Island Jewish World/Manhattan Jewish Sentinel -- (6/24/2022 12:00:00 AM)
"Theologically enriching and hope-producing. . . . Could easily function as a reference book, especially for preachers, who wish to draw upon Jewish wisdom in teaching about hope, but it is also . . . worthy of spending time simply reading it cover to cover. . . . There is wisdom here that is worth exploring. . . . As a Christian, I receive this wisdom with gratitude."--Word & Way