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Simple Words: Thinking about What Really Matters in Life

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Defining Ourselves "Friends, family, love. God, death, faith." These, and others, are deceptively simple words that we use all the time. Do we know what we mean by these important words? Do we know what other people mean when they use them? We seldom pause to reflect on these words or to make sure that we understand them, yet we continue to use them, so we misunderstand ot ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 18th 2001 by Simon & Schuster (first published October 13th 1999)
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Sleepless
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is okay, 3.5 stars.

I like the idea of this book more than the practicality of it. I studied philosophy for a long time so when I look for a summary of words, I expect something new, a new perspective.

There wasn't enough Jewish philosophy for me. I enjoyed some of the ideas but I think this could have dug deeper. As a Jew, I want arguments, debates, talk to me about controversial issues. Give me a new perspective. I didn't get enough from this book.

I don't have much to say. I have so much
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Joe
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Thoughtful essays on a few choice words.
Mitchell26 McLaughlin
Mar 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
A thinly veiled attempt at deconstruction and the demonstration that words are meaningless. I couldn't even finish it.
Lori Ben-ezra
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
The author explores the depth of simple words like love, family and nature to help readers think more about the richness of these concepts.
Seth Rogovoy
Sep 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Truly inspirational wisdom.
Fernando Lozano
Starts a lot better than it ends. The book slowly progresses from ordered philosophical thought to old man rant.

Not everything is bad. It allows for some serious thinking in some of its chapters.
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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz (Hebrew: עדין שטיינזלץ) or Adin Even Yisrael (Hebrew: עדין אבן ישראל) is internationally regarded as one of the leading rabbis of this century. The author of many books, he is best known for his monumental translation of and commentary on the Talmud. Rabbi Steinsaltz founded the Israel Institute for Talmudic Publications. Under its aegis, he has published to date 58 books on ...more
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