Jewish Values: Three Times Chai: 54 Rabbis Tell Their Favorite Stories

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The author gathered tales from Reconstructionist, Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox rabbis and from men and women, who responded with folklore, midrash, original fiction, and stories from real life. From each rabbi, she also solicited a statement about the resonance of the story for him or her individually, connecting each tale to the teller and to the listener. Tales are at once both personal and universal. Some amuse, some inspire, and some explain. They explore relationships between people, with the earth, with God, miracles, Jewish identity, practices, spirituality, perspectives, and searches. Some of the stories are traditional classics, like “If Not Higher,” and will be well-known; others, like the tale about Louis D. Brandeis wishing to have chosen Judaism for himself, may be new. Told conversationally with smoothing by Becker, the stories read well and uphold Jewish ethical and religious values.
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