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Five Cities of Refuge: Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy

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In the ancient Jewish practice of the kavannah (a meditation designed to focus one’s heart on its spiritual goal), Lawrence Kushner and David Mamet offer their own reactions to key verses from each week’s Torah portion, opening the biblical text to new layers of understanding.

Here is a fascinating glimpse into two great minds, as each author approaches the text from his un
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 26th 2003 by Schocken
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Adam Glantz
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rabbi Lawrence Kushner and playwright David Mamet approach the weekly parashot with two dicta in mind: 1) Either the Torah "is stupid or you are" (i.e., it merits serious attention before anything can be ruled out) and 2) Torah stories can't be about what they purport to be about, otherwise they wouldn't be divine...since we could theoretically write better stories. From there on, it's difficult to generalize. Kushner and Mamet sometimes pursue different lines of interpretation, and they're defi ...more
Dan Gobble
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it
This collection of dual-meditations / commentaries on key passages from the Torah offers lots of rabbinic insights, old and new, from Kushner (a scholar, author, and rabbi) and then more of a layperson's perspective on the text from Mamet (a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright). Most of their reflections offer a deep wrangling and wrestling with the meaning of the text and its application. Some of the reflections seemed tangential and didn't seem to actually offer any engagement with the chosen te ...more
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I really wish this included the entire text of each parsha.
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Beautiful summaries and reflections on each weekly reading from the Torah.
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