Open Minded Torah: Of Irony, Fundamentalism and Love
Kolbrener welcomes us into a world where creativity, pleasure and embracing difference are shown to be the foundation for an authentic and committed ... Show synopsis Kolbrener welcomes us into a world where creativity, pleasure and embracing difference are shown to be the foundation for an authentic and committed religious life. In essays as likely to turn to baseball, Denzel Washington, and the NASDAQ as to "Macbeth", quantum physics and psychoanalysis, William Kolbrener provides powerful - and often surprising - insights into how open mindedness allows for authentic Jewish commitment in an age otherwise defined by fundamentalism and unbelief. "Open Minded Torah" presents - on topics ranging from parenting a son with Down syndrome to Biblical criticism to Talmudic interpretation of dreams - a perspective on Torah which emphasizes scepticism, creativity and the need to embrace difference. Through a personal synthesis of Western and Jewish learning, popular culture and philosophy, Kolbrener offers a compelling new vision where being open minded allows for a non-dogmatic and committed Jewish life. Informed by Kolbrener's considerable erudition, but always accessible, the essays show that scepticism informs belief, commitment grounds creativity, and non-defensive receptiveness makes individual autonomy possible. For every person, it is said, there is a corresponding letter in the Torah: this innovative collection shows Kolbrener writing his letter, and providing the inspiration for others to write their own.