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Best Contemporary Jewish Writing written by Michael Lerner

 

Best Contemporary Jewish Writing written by Michael Lerner

Overview:

Between the covers of this book is a treasure trove of great fiction, poetry, social analysis, and spiritual insight by renowned contributors such as Philip Roth, Marge Piercy, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Naomi Wolf, Norman Podhoretz, Jonathan Rosen, Robert Pinsky, Yehuda Amichai, Rachel Adler, Nathan Englander, Daniel Boyarin, Adrienne Rich, Arthur Waskow, William Safire, Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, and many others. Included are famous writers, young and upcoming writers, writers with politics ranging from liberal/progressive to neoconservative. Despite their disparate opinions and points of view, these writers have been chosen by Michael Lerner because they transcend the cynicism and narcissistic self-indulgence of contemporary culture and contribute to the Kabbalistic vision of a world that has been shattered but can be healed. For some writers, the focus is on personal transformation (tikkun atzmi), for others on healing of the world (tikkun olam.) Still others search for ways to bring holiness into our personal lives and social institutions.

You will be astounded at how much creative new thinking is taking place among Jewish writers, and on topics that are extremely sensitive: the Holocaust, the limits of Jewish liberalism, women in Judaism, the current crisis in Israel, and the renewal of Jewish spiritual life. The first volume in a planned series of annual publications, Best Contemporary Jewish Writing is an essential tool for understanding contemporary culture and social reality.

You don't have to be Jewish to be moved by and to learn from these authors. The poetry, fiction, memoirs, and essays in this book are provocative and engaging, entertaining and inspiring, irreverent, and filled with awe.

Synopsis:

Lerner, who is the editor of TIKKUN magazine and a rabbi in San Francisco, has selected writings, both fiction and non-fiction, published between 1994 and 2000 (with a few exceptions), in the first of what he plans as an annual compilation. His reach extends to many types of writing, on many subjects, the selections being made on the basis of the work's discerning reflection on fundamental Jewish concerns. Authors include Philip Roth, Marge Piercy, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Adrienne Rich, William Safire, and about 50 others. Also included is the editor's list of the 100 best contemporary Jewish books. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publishers Weekly

Widely known as a religious and political liberal, Tikkun editor Michael Lerner brings together poetry, fiction, essays and memoir from across the spectrum in Best Contemporary Jewish Writing, which includes work by Philip Roth, Yehuda Amichai, Naomi Wolf, Daniel Pipes and Rodger Kamenetz. Still, Lerner aims for writing "that connects to or reflects the fundamental Jewish project of healing and transformation," both of the person and the world. This book also includes Lerner's list of the 100 best contemporary Jewish books, available in English and published since 1985. This book covers the years 1994-2000; the 2002 edition will include material from the years 2000 and 2001. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Excerpt:

The One Hundred Best Contemporary Jewish Books

Michael Lerner

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