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Tales Out Of Shul
The unorthodox journal of an Orthodox rabbi.
By Rabbi Emanuel Feldman (Author)
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Catalog #: TOSH
Binding: Hardcover / Pages: 307
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches / Weight: 1.40 LBS
Published: by Shaar Press
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Provocative, funny, moving, revealing -- this remarkable book will make you laugh and cry (sometimes simultaneously) as it takes you behind the scenes of Jewish lifes most hectic, frustrating, and satisfying job.
This riveting journal takes us on a vivid and unforgettable tour of forty years in one of the most successful careers in the American rabbinate, as Rabbi Emanuel Feldman, one of the best writers in the profession, records his achievements and defeats, his hopes and disappointments.
Well meet some unforgettable characters, like the unique shochet of Atlanta; the Polish Catholic who hid a Jewish boy during the Holocaust; those who never fail to give charity and those who never do; the woman who never misses a funeral; saints and scoundrels; movers and meek; arrogant and humble, and many more.
Well deal with the mystery of the missing mechitzah, attend a reception where the poor are the guests of honor, and devise Hebrew names for Butch and Nicholas. And well enter the rabbis mind as he ponders if he is really accomplishing anything for Torah and Judaism in this world.
Few books offer such revealing insights into human nature and contemporary Jewish history, and do it with such wit and perception.
About the Author
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman, presently living in Jerusalem, is one of the most respected and distinguished figures in the American rabbinate. He led Atlantas Congregation Beth Jacob for almost forty years, from its infancy until its current position as one of Americas finest Torah institutions. Ordained by Baltimores Ner Israel, with degrees from John Hopkins and a doctorate from Emory University, he has taught at Jerusalems Ohr Somayach Yeshiva, at Bar Ilan University, and at Emory University. Editor-in-chief of Tradition magazine, he has authored four earlier books, including the widely acclaimed On Judaism: Conversations on Being Jewish in Todays World. He has written hundreds of articles in journals like The New Republic, Saturday Review, Judaism, and The Jerusalem Post.
Graceful writer and incisive thinker, he brings to bear in this unique work his keen sense of observation, deep insight, and his lively sense of humor.
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Table of Contents
By Way of Prologue: Beginnings
- The Hebrew Name for Nicholas
- The Fallow Field
- Honor Your Clergyman Week
- The Rabbinic Calling
- Also a Rabbi
- Do You Always Fly First Class?
- Man in G-d's Image, G-d in Man's Image
- The Sermon Heard Round the World
- The Ritual of the Red Pepper
- Two Kinds of Processions
- Please Make the Ceremony Brief
- Rabbi, Talk to My Son
- I've Hired and Fired Dozens of Rabbis Like You
- "Goodbye, G-d I'm Going Home Now"
- When I Get Sick, Nobody from the Shul Comes to Visit
- My Most Important People
- "I'm Not Enjoying This Mourning"
- For Goodness Sake
- G-d, Would You Mind Waiting One More Week
- All Rabbis Are Jewish
- Of Fanatics, Tennis Shoes, and Burning in Hell