Torah Told Different (Hardcover)

Torah Told Different By Andrew Ramer, Tamara Cohn Eskenazi (Foreword by), Sue Levi Elwell (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Andrew Ramer, Tamara Cohn Eskenazi (Foreword by), Sue Levi Elwell (Afterword by)
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What Dorothy discovered in Oz and Alice discovered in Wonderland you'll discover here: a parallel reality where a third temple rose and fell in antiquity, women were ordained in the fifth century CE, and alternate sages and texts ripple in and out of the ones we know from history. This work of midrash, interpretive stories, opens with: Before God began to create anything, before there was heaven or earth, night or day, good or bad, in or out, up or down, God said, ""I must create Myself."" and heads toward its conclusion with: It was late afternoon. Tirzah, the designated messiah for our planet, was sitting in her study, up in sixth heaven. These are two of the ways in which this book is different. Liturgist and midrash writer Andrew Ramer not only reinvents Jewish history. He also reinvents his own family, the Talmud, and the Hebrew Bible, adding excerpts from texts by some of our ancient women sages, inviting you to ask yourself, ""What does it mean to be a Jew in the twenty-first century? What grounds me and guides me in our tradition? And what gives me hope and dreams in a troubled world of trembling possibilities?

About the Author

Andrew Ramer is the author of Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories, and a co-author of the international best seller Ask Your Angels. The world's first ordained interfaith maggid (sacred storyteller), he teaches in the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781498281027
ISBN-10: 1498281028
Publisher: Resource Publications (CA)
Publication Date: August 17th, 2016
Pages: 138
Language: English