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Tales Out Of Shul

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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
ISBN-10: 0899065171
ISBN-13: 9780899065175
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 life’s 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.

We’ll 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.

We’ll 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 we’ll enter the rabbi’s 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 Atlanta’s Congregation Beth Jacob for almost forty years, from its infancy until its current position as one of America’s finest Torah institutions. Ordained by Baltimore’s Ner Israel, with degrees from John Hopkins and a doctorate from Emory University, he has taught at Jerusalem’s 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 Today’s 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
    1. The Hebrew Name for Nicholas
    2. The Fallow Field
    3. Honor Your Clergyman Week
    4. The Rabbinic Calling
    5. Also a Rabbi
    6. Do You Always Fly First Class?
    7. Man in G-d's Image, G-d in Man's Image
    8. The Sermon Heard Round the World
    9. The Ritual of the Red Pepper
    10. Two Kinds of Processions
    11. Please Make the Ceremony Brief
    12. Rabbi, Talk to My Son
    13. I've Hired and Fired Dozens of Rabbis Like You
    14. "Goodbye, G-d I'm Going Home Now"
    15. When I Get Sick, Nobody from the Shul Comes to Visit
    16. My Most Important People
    17. "I'm Not Enjoying This Mourning"
    18. For Goodness Sake
    19. G-d, Would You Mind Waiting One More Week
    20. All Rabbis Are Jewish
    21. Of Fanatics, Tennis Shoes, and Burning in Hell

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