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Mors hemmelighed er en fortælling om sent i livet at opdage, at ens rødder er anderledes end hidtil antaget. Karin Lützen voksede op i Fredericia med en dansk far og en fransk mor. Allerede fra barnsben kender Karin følelsen af at være anderledes med en fransk mor med accent, fine vaner og et rygende temperament. Men det er først efter moderens død, at det går op for Karin, at hendes mor er meget mere anderledes, end først antaget ...Lydbogen er indlæst af Nanna Salomon i 2009
MIRJAM JURKOFSKY er jøde og var 16 år, da Hitlers tropper i 1941 stormede ind i Rusland og Baltikum og angreb hendes landsby. Mirjam overkom flere år med sult, sygdom og systematiske massehenrettelser i en ghetto i Litauen og i den berygtede koncentrationslejr Stutthof i det besatte Polen, men hun mistede næsten hele sin familie under Holocaust. På mirakuløs vis lykkedes det Mirjam og hendes to år ældre søster Luba at flygte, og takket være snilde og søstersammenhold overlevede pigerne krigens sidste måneder blandt fjender - på flugt i et Europa i opløsning.´Danmark gav mig livet tilbage´, siger Mirjam ofte. I dag bor hun på Østerbro i København og er blevet mor, mormor og oldemor.Mirjams flugt er et vigtigt vidnesbyrd om uafrystelige forbrydelser mod mennesker, men også om næstekærlighed, håb og sammenhold.Mirjam Jurkofsky (f, 1925), den 2, verdenskrig, jøder, jødeforfølgelse, holocaust, nazisme, flugt, historie, 1940-1949, Polen, Litauen
Martin Krasnik er elsket og hadet, frygtet og beundret. Som tidens mest markante journalist og studievært deler han vandene. "Fucking jøde!" er efterhånden en lige så typisk kommentar i hans mailboks som "fedt, Martin!" I denne bog fortæller han om sit arbejde som vært på Deadline og om at være en offentlig kendt person. Han har altid sagt, at der ikke findes antisemitisme i Danmark, men debatten om Mellemøsten og Martin Krasniks baggrund viste det modsatte. Han fortæller om sin indre og ydre kalot. Om opvæksten som rødhåret brilleabe i den jødiske "ghetto" i København. Om sit forhold til Israel. Om bedsteforældrene, der mødtes og blev gift i koncentrationslejren. Martin Krasnik er kendt for at påpege modsætninger hos andre. Men hvad med hans egne? En benhård ateist, der forsvarer retten til omskæring? En genert ballademager, der elsker opmærksomhed? Hvordan hænger det sammen?ANMELDERNE SKREV"Krasnik har skrevet en medrivende og selvfølgelig uafklaret bog om det svære spørgsmål om at være jøde. Den kan varmt anbefales."- 4 stjerner, Bent Blüdnikow, Berlingske "Man møder et menneske og i tilgift noget så sjældent som en tv-journalist med selvrefleksion. Man er i godt og ikke bare begavet, men klogt selskab."- Jyllands-Posten"Martin Krasnik bevæger sig ud i krydsfeltet mellem biografi og debatbog. Det er både underholdende og tankevækkende."- 4 hjerter, Politiken
A renowned political speechwriter rediscovers Judaism, finding timeless wisdom and spiritual connection in its age-old practices and traditions.';Sarah Hurwitz was Michelle Obama's head speechwriter, and with this book she becomes Judaism's speechwriter.'Adam Grant,New York Timesbestselling author ofGive and TakeandOriginals After a decade as a political speechwriterserving as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama, a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama, and chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton on her 2008 presidential campaignSarah Hurwitz decided to apply her skills as a communicator to writing a book . . . about Judaism. And no one is more surprised than she is. Hurwitz was the quintessential lapsed Jewuntil, at age thirty-six, after a tough breakup, she happened upon an advertisement for an introductory class on Judaism. She attended on a whim, but was blown away by what she found: beautiful rituals, helpful guidance on living an ethical life, conceptions of God beyond the judgy bearded man in the skynone of which she had learned in Hebrew school or during the two synagogue services she grudgingly attended each year. That class led to a years-long journey during which Hurwitz visited the offices of rabbis, attended Jewish meditation retreats, sat at the Shabbat tables of Orthodox families, and read hundreds of books about Judaismall in dogged pursuit of answers to her biggest questions. What she found transformed her life, and she wondered: How could there be such a gap between the richness of what Judaism offers and the way so many Jews like her understand and experience it? Hurwitz is on a mission to close this gap by sharing the profound insights she discovered on everything from Jewish holidays, ethics, and prayer to Jewish conceptions of God, death, and social justice. In this entertaining and accessible book, she shows us why Judaism matters and how its message is more relevant than ever, and she inspires Jews to do the learning, questioning, and debating required to make this religion their own.Advance praise for Here All Along ';Searching for meaning in the ancient scripture and traditions of Judaism, Sarah Hurwitz takes us along onan enriching journey of discovery. InHere All Along, she explores her birthright as a Jew and findstimeless and valuable life lessons.'David Axelrod, director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and former senior advisor to President Barack Obama
"e;All Jews must die."e; Robert Bowers screamed these words as he walked into a Temple and murdered eleven people.Where does this hate come from? Why is it rising again in America? What do we need to do to stop it?Prepare to be stunned, shocked, and illuminated as Rabbi Evan Moffic answers these questions. He reveals why the world's oldest hatred-once thought to be over after the Holocaust-keeps coming back to life. This book gives the clearest and most concise explanation of where antisemitism comes from, why it continues, and how to stop its resurgence today.Interwoven is Moffic's personal story as a rabbi who led his community in responding to antisemitic attacks and working with Christian leaders to stand up to them. He answers the age-old charge that Jews killed Jesus and that Jews still dominate the media and Hollywood. In the end, you will discover the path to moving beyond old ways of thinking. You will enter into the redemptive story of overcoming the extremism and hatred spreading across our world today.
In the vein of Tuesdays with Morrie, a devoted protege and friend of one of the world's great thinkers takes us into the sacred space of the classroom, showing Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel not only as an extraordinary human being, but as a master teacher.The world remembers Elie Wiesel-Nobel laureate, activist, and author of more than forty books, including Oprah's Book Club selection Night-as a great humanist. He passed away in July 2016.Ariel Burger first met Elie Wiesel at age fifteen. They studied together and taught together. Witness chronicles the intimate conversations between these two men over decades, as Burger sought counsel on matters of intellect, spirituality, and faith, while navigating his own personal journey from boyhood to manhood, from student and assistant to rabbi and, in time, teacher.In this profoundly hopeful, thought-provoking, and inspiring book, Burger takes us into Elie Wiesel's classroom, where the art of listening and storytelling conspire to keep memory alive. As Wiesel's teaching assistant, Burger gives us a front-row seat witnessing these remarkable exchanges in and out of the classroom. The act of listening, of sharing these stories, makes of us, the listeners, witnesses.
The topic of neurotheology has garnered increasing attention in the academic, religious, scientific, and popular worlds. But there have been no attempts to explore more specifically how Jewish religious thought and experience may intersect with neurotheology. The Rabbi's Brain engages this groundbreaking area. Topics included relate to a neurotheological approach to the foundational beliefs that arise from the Torah and associated scriptures, Jewish learning, an exploration of the different elements of Judaism (i.e., reform, conservative, and orthodox), an exploration of specifically Jewish practices (i.e., Davening, Sabbath, Kosher), and a review of Jewish mysticism. The Rabbi's Brain engages these topics in an easy-to-understand style and integrates the scientific, religious, philosophical, and theological aspects of the emerging field of neurotheology. By reviewing the concepts in a stepwise, simple yet thorough discussion, listeners, regardless of their background, will be able to understand the complexities and breadth of neurotheology from the Jewish perspective. More broadly, issues will include a review of the neurosciences and neuroscientific techniques; religious and spiritual experiences; theological development and analysis; liturgy and ritual; epistemology, philosophy, and ethics; and social implications, all from the Jewish perspective.
In Why We Remain Jews, Dr. Vladimir Tsesis describes the path he traversed from religious ignorance to strong belief in the Jewish religion. Tsesis assigns a special place to the proof of his conclusion that religion and science-especially in light of recent discoveries-are not antagonists but are in fact in complete harmony, supplementing and not excluding each other. In the spirit of ecumenism, Tsesis speaks about coexistence of different religions, which share the common objective of assurance of perpetual survival of the human race. The unifying theme of this book, however, is the beauty of the Jewish religion and a possible answer to the question of why we remain Jews.
Die Frage nach dem Verhältnis der drei großen Weltreligionen Christentum, Islam ist in den medialen Diskussionen allgegenwärtig. Es ist vom „Kampf der Kulturen" die Rede, von Interreligiosität (was aber genau ist das?), v.a. aber von politischen Problemen und Konflikten, die mit religiösen, ethnischen, gesellschaftlichen und kulturellen eng verknüpft sind. Doch liegt es nicht nahe, zu allererst die Urdokumente der Religionen, ihre Heiligen Schriften nämlich, zu befragen und nach Besonderheiten, Charakteristika und Gemeinsamkeiten abzuklopfen? Genau dies tut Michael Wolffsohn, der bekannte Historiker, in diesem Hörbuch. Ausführlich kommen die Quellentexte zu Wort, und klug und kenntnisreich werden sie kommentiert. Was sind die Schöpfungsmythen in der Bibel und im Koran, wie ist das Gottesbild, und welche Sprache wird jeweils gesprochen, welcher Ton angeschlagen? Grundlegend und unverzichtbar!
A sweeping history of Judaism over more than three millenniaJudaism is one of the oldest religions in the world, and it has preserved its distinctive identity despite the extraordinarily diverse forms and beliefs it has embodied over the course of more than three millennia. A History of Judaism provides the first truly comprehensive look in one volume at how this great religion came to be, how it has evolved from one age to the next, and how its various strains, sects, and traditions have related to each other.In this magisterial and elegantly written book, Martin Goodman takes readers from Judaism's origins in the polytheistic world of the second and first millennia BCE to the temple cult at the time of Jesus. He tells the stories of the rabbis, mystics, and messiahs of the medieval and early modern periods and guides us through the many varieties of Judaism today. Goodman's compelling narrative spans the globe, from the Middle East, Europe, and America to North Africa, China, and India. He explains the institutions and ideas on which all forms of Judaism are based, and masterfully weaves together the different threads of doctrinal and philosophical debate that run throughout its history.A History of Judaism is a spellbinding chronicle of a vibrant and multifaceted religious tradition that has shaped the spiritual heritage of humankind like no other.
The Chosen Wars tells the dramatic story of how Judaism redefined itself in America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries-the personalities that fought each other and shaped its evolution and, importantly, the force of the American dynamic that prevailed over an ancient religion.The struggles that led to a radical redefinition of Judaism illuminate the larger American experience. The transformation of the religion and culture of Judaism is a striking example. The story begins with the arrival of the first Jews in New Amsterdam and stretches the length of the nineteenth century as massive immigration take place and into the twentieth.First there was the practical matter of earning a living. Many immigrants traveled as peddlers from community to community where there were no kosher butchers. Doctrine was put aside. Then, determined to take their places as equals in the young nation, American Jews rejected identity as a separate nation and embraced a secular America. Judaism became an American religion.The changes did not come without argument, and Weisman tells the stories of the colorful rabbis and activists, including women, who would ultimately define American Judaism, and its divisions of Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox which remain today: Rabbi Isaac Wise; Mordecai Manuel Noah; Moses Mendelssohn; Rebecca Gratz; and Isaac Leeser are some of the major figures.The Chosen Wars is the important story of how Judaism enhanced America, and how America inspired Judaism.
Every one of us sooner or later walks through hell. The hell of being hurt, the hell of hurting another. The hell of cancer, the hell of a reluctant, thunking shovel full of earth upon the casket of someone we deeply loved, the hell of betrayal, the hell of betraying, the hell of divorce, the hell of a kid in trouble . . . the hell of knowing that this year, like any year, may be our last. We all walk through hell. The point is not to come out empty-handed. . . . There is real and profound power in the suffering we endure if we transform that suffering into a more authentic, meaningful life.In the spirit of such classics as When Bad Things Happen to Good People, A Grief Observed, and When Things Fall Apart, More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us examines the many ways we can transform physical, psychological, or emotional pain into a more beautiful and meaningful life.As the leader of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, one of Americas largest and most important congregations, located in the heart of Los Angeles, Rabbi Leder has witnessed a lot of pain: Its my phone that rings when peoples bodies or lives fall apart, he writes. The couch in my office is often drenched with tears. After 27 years of listening, comforting, and holding so many who suffered, he thought he understood pain and its challengesbut when it struck hard in his own life and brought him to his knees, a new understanding unfolded before him as he felt pains profound effects on his body, spirit, and soul.In this elegantly concise, beautifully written, and deeply inspiring book, Rabbi Leder guides us through pains stages of surviving, healing, and growing to help us all find meaning in our suffering. Drawing on his experience as a spiritual leader, the wisdom of ancient traditions, modern science, and stories from his own life and others, he shows us that when we must endure, we can, and that there is a path for each of us that leads from pain to wisdom. Pain cracks us open, he writes. It breaks us. But in the breaking, there is a new kind of wholeness. This powerful book will inspire in us all a life worthy of our suffering; a life gentler, wiser, and more beautiful than before.
Judaism is more than a religion; it is a civilization, including a people, a language, unique laws, a system of ethics, custom, a homeland, and a theology. Jews worship one God and obey a wide-ranging and vigorous moral law centered around the Torah-God's teaching or instruction. Jewish sacred literature preserves the ancient oral tradition through the Hebrew Bible and other writings. Judaism has several major forms and traditions (Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist Judaism) and is also the parent religion of both Christianity and Islam. The Religion, Scriptures, and Spirituality Series describes the beliefs, religious practices, and the spiritual and moral commitments of the world's great religious traditions. It also describes a religion's way of understanding scripture, identifies its outstanding thinkers, and discusses its attitude and relationship to society.
Jøder betaler stadig den højeste pris, alene fordi de er jøder. Det konstaterer Bent Lexner efter terrorangrebet i København. Som læser kommer man tæt på den tidligere overrabbiner. Fra de tragiske dage i februar til Bent Lexners mærkesager som talsmand for Det Jødiske Samfund i Danmark.Bent Lexner er kendt for sit store engagement i tilspidsede debatter. Han gik forrest for at undgå loven mod rituel slagtning uden forudgående bedøvelse fra 2014 og kæmper for retten til religiøs omskærelse af drengebørn. Jøder og muslimer er efter Bent Lexners overbevisning truet af det danske samfunds trang til at komme al religion til livs.DET GÆLDER DIT LIV giver et enestående indblik i Bent Lexners liv som ortodoks jøde i Danmark. Her folder han sit liv som tidligere overrabbiner i Det Jødiske Samfund ud. Han beskriver kampen for at bevare en religiøs kerne i menigheden - men viser også personlige sider fra et liv med stærke slægtsbånd.Med stor eftertænksomhed og humor minder Bent Lexner os om, at Danmark skal passe på sine jøder og bevare respekten for det religiøse liv.Bent Lexner, født 1946, har været rabbiner ved Det Jødiske Samfund i Danmark fra 1976 til 1996 og overrabbiner samme sted fra 1996 til 2014. Han er medlem af Dansk Flygtningehjælps forretningsudvalg. Bogen er skrevet af journalist og forfatter Anna-Lise Bjerager.ANMELDERNE SKREV"I timerne efter terroren var det Bent Lexners ansvar at fortælle familien Uzan om tragedien og udtale sig til den danske og internationale presse om terroren og om det dansk-jødiske samfund (...) Bogen, hvor Bent Lexner fortæller sin historie til journalist Anna-Lise Bjergager, er dybt engageret, og man får næppe en bedre og mere bevægende beretning fra disse krisedage end her."- 5 stjerner, Berlingske"Tidligere overrabbiner Bent Lexner gør sig forstandige tanker om forholdet mellem religion, modernitet og slaget om ytringsfrihed."- 4 hjerter, Politiken"Det gælder dit liv" er et oplysende og vidende partsindlæg fra Bent Lexner om det jødiske religiøse liv og jødedommens fremtid i Danmark og Israel."- Kristeligt Dagblad