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The Shema: Spirituality and Law in Judaism
by Norman Lamm
The Shema is the central prayer of the Jewish faith. Jews utter this single sentence, affirming God's unity as their final words before dying, as well as at the beginning and ending of each day. Using the Shema as his focus, Lamm, prominent Orthodox scholar and long-time president of Yeshiva University, explores the relationship between spirituality and law in Judaism.
Paperback, 222 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by The Jewish Publication Society
(first published 1998)
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Reaching far beyond the handful of versus from Deuteronomy with which the book starts, the author uses the important prayer as an entry-point into central philosophical topics of Judaism and the history of Jewish thinking about such basic topics as the relation between God and human beings. Valuable as an intellectual explanation of religious topics, the book will also help people who take prayer seriously to approach this twice-daily task. The frequent references to martyrdom were historically ...more