Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 39 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEd News:
Life Arts    H4'ed 11/7/20

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks' 56 Life-Changing Ideas (REVIEW ESSAY)

By       (Page 1 of 3 pages)   No comments
Message Thomas Farrell
Become a Fan
  (22 fans)

National Poverty Hearing: Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks
National Poverty Hearing: Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks
(Image by cooperniall from flickr)
  Details   DMCA

Duluth, Minnesota (OpEdNews) November 7, 2020: The late prolific English Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (1948-2020) has now published a second new book in 2020 titled Judaism's Life-Changing Ideas: A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible. In it, he identifies 56 life-changing ideas in the 54 weekly readings from the Five Books of Moses:

(1) Genesis (pages 1-62; 12 unnumbered chapters).

(2) Exodus (pages 63-123; 11 unnumbered chapters).

(3) Leviticus (pages 125-184; 10 unnumbered chapters).

(4) Numbers (pages 185-242; 10 unnumbered chapters).

(5) Deuteronomy (pages 243-307; 11 unnumbered chapters).

Even though Rabbi Sacks keeps the Sabbath and rests from work on the Sabbath, he has insomnia and is an indefatigable worker/educator/writer the other days of each week. Good for him!

In Rabbi Sacks' earlier book series on Covenant & Conversation: A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible (2009-2019), he has devoted a separate volume to each of the Five Books of Moses:

(1) Genesis: The Book of Beginnings (2009).

(2) Exodus: The Book of Redemption (2010).

(3) Leviticus: The Book of Holiness (2015).

(4) Numbers: The Wilderness Years (2017).

(5) Deuteronomy: Renewal of the Sinai Covenant (2019).

So we can think of the five major subsections of his new 2020 book Judaism's Life-Changing Ideas: A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible as representing his further distillations of thought about the Five Books of Moses in the 54 weekly readings. At the end of each of the 54 unnumbered chapters, Rabbi Sacks numbers each life-changing idea and repeats it. So if you wanted to, you could peak at the end of each chapter and read the life-changing idea before you read the chapter.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

Rate It | View Ratings

Thomas Farrell Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Was the Indian Jesuit Anthony de Mello Murdered in the U.S. 25 Years Ago? (BOOK REVIEW)

Who Was Walter Ong, and Why Is His Thought Important Today?

Celebrating Walter J. Ong's Thought (REVIEW ESSAY)

More Americans Should Live Heroic Lives of Virtue (Review Essay)

Hillary Clinton Urges Us to Stand Up to Extremists in the U.S.

Martha Nussbaum on Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (Book Review)

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend