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The healer of shattered hearts : a Jewish view of God
Wolpe, David J.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : H. Holt, [1990]

Physical Description:
xiv, 192 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Central Library BM610 .W64 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In a work of remarkable clarity and wisdom, Rabbi Wolpe confronts a central dilemma of modern Judaism, combining his deep knowledge of ancient tradition with modern sensibilities to show contemporary Jews that God still speaks to them--to their daily struggles, angers, fears, and needs, offering comfort and inspiration.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Conservative rabbi Wolpe looks to the Bible, Talmud and Midrash as he counsels doubtful seekers of a compassionate God. ``A profound, often lyrical rethinking of Jewish faith,'' said PW. ``Wrestling with the problem of widespread evil and suffering . . . Wolpe concludes that belief in God is an existential choice.'' (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Wolpe, a young rabbi, has tackled the difficult age-old challenges of injustice, the suffering of the innocent, and the prospering of the wicked. Building on such biblical passages as Exodus 34:6-7, which portray the compassionate, merciful nature of God, he projects the image of a God intimately concerned with human beings. Wolpe does a credible job of synthesizing biblical texts, rabbinic sources, Midrashic homilies, and Hassidic tales in this poetic, impressionistic, yet ultimately disconnected exposition. His writing is imbued with mystical overtones containing faint echoes from the works of the late revered Abraham Heschel. He breaks no new ground using the prism of God as healer, but this depiction can bring some comfort to those who struggle with theological problems.-- Carol R. Glatt, Northeastern Hosp . , Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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