These Are the Words by Arthur Green
A Vocabulary of Jewish Spiritual Life

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What are the most essential ideas, concepts and terms that an educated person needs to know about Judaism? What is the basic vocabulary of Jewish spiritual life? Let one of the great teachers of our time take you on a historical and spiritual journey through Judaism.

Judaism itself is a language, a group's way of expressing beliefs, longings, aspirations and dreams. The vocabulary of Jewish life is the framework that we use to hand our past on to our children. It is also the vocabulary that people of other faiths need to know to understand Judaism and Jewish life.

In this highly readable, enlightening and entertaining book, Jews and non-Jews alike can learn more about the meaning, history and origin of 149 core Hebrew words that are shared and understood throughout the Jewish world and why it is important for people to know and use these words in Hebrew. From Adonai ("My Lord") to zekhut ("merit"), these are the words that constitute the basic vocabulary of Jewish communal and religious identity.


About Arthur Green

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Arthur Green is Philip W. Lown Professor of Jewish Thought at Brandeis University and former president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He is a rabbi, a historian of Jewish mysticism, and a theologian. His works include Tormented Master: The Life and Spiritual Quest of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav, Seek My Face: A Jewish Mystical Theology, and The Language of Truth: Teaching from the Sefat Emet.
Published December 31, 2000 by Jewish Lights Pub. 304 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, History. Non-fiction

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Green contends that for Judaism, language constitutes the basic vocabulary of ""religious/communal identity"" and provides a ""rootedness in the many centuries of cultural life that have come before us."" The book is divided into seven sections: ""God and Worlds Above,"" ""Torah: Text and Process...

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