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The Torah Revolution

Fourteen Truths That Changed the World

Rabbi Reuven Hammer, PhD

6 x 9, 240 pp, Hardcover, 978-1-58023-457-3

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Unlock the powerful truths that shattered ancient beliefs and paved the way for the new and revolutionary religion that became Judaism.

This is a unique look at the Torah—the foundation of Jewish existence—and the revolutionary teachings of Moses embedded within it that gave birth to Judaism and influenced the world.

Dr. Reuven Hammer presents fourteen radical ideas found in Torah, explains their original intentions, and shows how understanding these "truths" can help you better understand the narrative and laws of Judaism. He shows how when taken together, these value concepts present a picture of human life that is surprisingly modern and relevant to our goals for repairing the world today:

• Humanity is one as God is one

• Human beings are responsible for their actions and have the choice to do good or evil

• Poverty, deprivation, slavery and hatred are evils that must be eradicated

• The earth is not ours to destroy

• The love of others is a divine command

• And much more ...

“Judiciously identif[ies] the religious ideas unique to Judaism, and presents them in a manner accessible to any reader. He deserves our thanks for this book.”

Rabbi Harold Kushner, author, When Bad Things Happen to Good People

“A grand synthesis.... Sophisticated, engaging, even riveting.... Perfect for learning the fundamentals of Judaism and beyond. Even those already in the know will savor many new points.”

Judith Hauptman, professor of Talmud, The Jewish Theological Seminary; author, Rereading the Rabbis: A Woman’s Voice

“Shines a light on why this book is the Book.... Speak[s] a Torah of liberation and joy!”

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean’s Chair, vice president, American Jewish University; author, God of Becoming and Relationship: The Dynamic Nature of Process Theology and other books

“Presents what is unique and enduringly significant about the teachings of Moses and the Hebrew Bible. Identifies the ongoing spiritual relevance and insights of those teachings for Jews and Gentiles alike. An important contribution.”

Rabbi David Ellenson, president, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion

“Effective ... shows modernity is not the sole source of progressive ideas. They have roots in the wisdom of the world’s ancient religious traditions.”

American Library Association’s Booklist

“Plumb[s] both the moral depths and spiritual power of Torah ... with eloquence and excellence.”

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, executive vice president, the Rabbinical Assembly

“Easy to read and informative.... Readers will learn much ... and have a better and deeper appreciation of the Hebrew Bible.”

Jewish Eye

“Masterful ... speaks to our generation with important and powerful ideas. Persuasive, inspiring and rewarding reading.”

Rabbi Irving "Yitz" Greenberg, past president, Jewish Life Network

“[A] sober and unique theological perspective.... Give[s] Jewish belief a fresh persona.... Skillful... [Dr. Hammer’s] most thoughtful work.”

Long Island (NY) Jewish Star

“Presented with ... scholarship, insight and lucid writing. Valuable for personal reading, study groups and divrei Torah, and I recommend it strongly.”

Jeffrey H. Tigay, Emeritus Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania

“To distill the essential truths of the Torah requires both learning and vision. Reuven Hammer has achieved this in superlative style.”

Rabbi David J. Wolpe, Sinai Temple, Los Angeles; author, Why Faith Matters

“Inspiring.... A unique look at the Torah.... A must-read for every intelligent person.”

Jewish Media Review

“With erudition and masterful use of language ... exposes the most compelling intellectual arguments for living a full and rich Jewish life. A ‘must read’ destined to become a new classic.”

Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin, editor, The Modern Men’s Torah Commentary

“Inspiring.... We can all find truths in Hammer’s book that can provide us with a more relevant understanding of our greatest traditions.”

Jerusalem Post

“Cogent and clear.... Enables us to appreciate the significance of the Bible anew, not only for our understanding of the past, but for how we think and act today.”

Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff, author, The Way Into Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)

“Compact and useful.... A valuable gathering of key texts.... Articulate.”

Sh’ma Journal


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