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The Book of Revolutions: The Battles of Priests, Prophets, and Kings That Birthed the Torah

Thursday, December 1, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Join us for a conversation about The Book of Revolutions: The Battles of Priests, Prophets and Kings by Rabbi Edward Feld, which tells in dramatic fashion, the epic saga of ancient Israel and illuminates the history behind the three legal codes in the Torah, which often conflict. Rabbi Feld and Rabbi Salkin will discuss Rabbi Feld’s conclusion that the unknown editors of the Torah deliberately left those contradictory codes in the final text to emphasize that there is not a single, correct way to practice Judaism. {Note: when you place your order for The Book of Revolutions at this LINK, use code 6AF22 for a 40% discount}.

Rabbi Edward Feld has published widely on Jewish theology, prayer, the Hebrew Bible, and on halachic and ethical issues. He is the author of Joy, Despair and Hope: Reading Psalms (Cascade Books) and The Spirit of Renewal: Faith After the Holocaust (Jewish Lights). He is the senior editor of the new Mahzor Lev Shalem, published by the Conservative Movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, for which he was listed as one of the Forward 50 – the 50 outstanding American Jews. He is also the senior editor of the companion volume, Siddur Lev Shalem for Shabbat and Festivals. In his distinguished career, Rabbi Feld has served as Rabbi-in-Residence at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America functioning as an advisor and mentor to rabbinical students, Rabbi of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, and Hillel Director of Princeton University. He is a noted teacher, lecturing throughout North America. He is married to Merle Feld, a poet and playwright and Director of the Rabbinic Writing Institute. Recently Rabbi Feld and his wife Merle have created a new institute, “Derekh: Pathways to the Heart and Jewish Tradition,” to promote their teaching and mentoring. Visit Derekh.org for their latest podcasts, writing, and courses.

Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin is one of American Judaism’s most prolific and most-quoted rabbis. His blog, “Martini Judaism: for those who want to be shaken and stirred,” published by the Religion News Service, won a 2022 Wilbur Award from the Religion Communicators Council for best religion blog of the year, as well as two previous awards. “Martini Judaism” now produces podcasts, based on his columns. Rabbi Salkin’s essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Commentary, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Tablet, Mosaic, Forward, and JTA. He has discussed the American political scene on CNN and the BBC. He has contributed articles to scholarly journals. His ten books discuss such subjects as bar/bat mitzvah, Israel, masculinity, and Jewish culture, as well as three Torah commentaries. He delivered the keynote on religion and spirituality at the iconic Chautauqua Institution, as well as contributing to CLE (continuing legal education) programs, and interreligious dialogues in international forums. His colleagues have described him as “courageous,” “always relevant,” and “one of American Judaism’s true public intellectuals.” Rabbi Salkin serves as the rabbi of Temple Israel in West Palm Beach, Florida. His hobbies include: playing guitar, movies, theater, travel to Israel, and drinking coffee.

CSP Partners: Beth Israel (San Diego, CA), Brotherhood Synagogue (Gramercy Park, NYC), Congregation Adath Jeshurun (Elkins Park, PA), Congregation Beth Shalom (Seattle, WA), Congregation B’nai Tzedek (Fountain Valley, CA), Congregation B’nai Israel (Tustin, CA), Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, Shomrei Torah Synagogue (San Fernando Valley, CA), Temple Bat Yahm (Newport Beach, CA), Temple Beth David (Westminster, CA),Temple Beth El of South Orange County (Aliso Viejo, CA), Temple Beth Emet (Anaheim, CA), Temple Beth Ohr (La Mirada, CA), Temple Beth Tikvah (Fullerton, CA), Temple Beth Shalom (Needham, MA), Temple Beth Sholom (Santa Ana, CA), Temple Emanuel (Newton, MA), Temple Judea of Laguna Woods, CA, The Boston Synagogue (Boston, MA), Town & Village Synagogue (NYC, NY), University Synagogue (Irvine, CA), Valley Beth Shalom (Encino, CA) & Walnut Street Synagogue (Chelsea, MA)


Thursday, December 1, 2022
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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San Diego, CA United States


Adult Education