Best Contemporary Jewish Writing by Michael Lerner

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The contributors include Philip Roth, Marge Piercy, Aharon Appelfeld, William Safire, Rebecca Goldstein, Anita Diamont, and Senator Joseph Lieberman. The contributions range from essays and poems to short stories and autobiography. As if to argue against his own selections, editor Michael Lerner offers a useful list of the "100 most significant contemporary Jewish writers not included in this collection." As impressive as the list is, it doesn't diminish our praise for this splendid assemblage.

About Michael Lerner

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Michael Lerner is the editor of TIKKUN magazine and rabbi of the neo-Hasidic Beyt Tikkun Jewish Renewal synagogue in San Francisco. His most recent book, Spirit Matters: Global Healing and the Wisdom of the Soul, was selected as "one of the most significant books of 2000" by the Los Angeles Times Book Review and won a PEN award. His previous writings include Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin, a dialogue with Cornel West, and Jewish Renewal: A Path to Healing and Transformation (described by Conservative Judaism journal as "stunning, miraculous and faith-renewing"). Rabbi Lerner, designated by Utne Reader as one of America's 100 Most Important Visionaries, has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, and Newsweek. He holds Ph.D.s in philosophy and clinical psychology.
Published September 7, 2001 by Jossey-Bass. 464 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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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.

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Since its publication in 2001, Best Contemporary Jewish Writing, edited by Michael Lerner, has increasingly appeared on library shelves and coffee tables throughout the land.

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