Contemporary Judaism
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Cover of book Naaseh AdamCongratulations to Rabbi Shlomo Vilk, Rosh Yeshivat Hesder Beren Machanaim, on the publication of his book, “Na’aseh Adam – ‘Let us Make Man’: Life According to Rav Kook’s ‘Lights of Repentance'” (Hebrew). The book has been published by Yediot Aharonot Books,  just in time for the month of Elul and the festivals of Tishrei.

“The ‘Lights of Repentance’ by Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook was an attempt to re-envision the world of Teshuva in an age when humanity replaced God. In his new book ‘Na’ase Adam’, Rabbi Shlomo Vilk uses the map that Rav Kook drew for navigation, extracting from it a well-organized doctrine for our generation.” 
– Haaretz Newspaper Book Supplement

“The subtitle of the book is not ‘Commentary on the Lights of Repentance,’ but ‘Life According to the Lights of Repentance,” notes Rabbi Avraham Stav in his book review. “Because repentance, according to Rabbi Kook and thus according to Rabbi Vilk, is not a religious commandment that is performed mainly in the month of Elul, but throughout life. A way that experiences the tension between the desired and the present as one of the foundations of existence, and is able to come up with sharp demands against the present, together with compassion and tenderness stemming from the great hopes that lie in the future.”

Rabbi Vilk studied at Yeshivat Karnei Shomron and the Harry Fischel Institute for Rabbinics and Dayanut in Jerusalem. He received rabbinical ordination from The Chief Rabbinate of Israel, and a BA and MA in Jewish Philosophy from Hebrew University. Rabbi Vilk’s unique interdisciplinary approach to Torah offers students a broad and fascinating look at the interface between the humanities, science and Torah.


Book coverMazal tov to Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein, Director of Training and Placement for Ohr Torah Stone’s emissary programs, Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel, on the publication of his second book: “Beyond Routine.”

Rabbi Grunstein received rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and holds a BA in Education from Herzog College. Formerly the rabbi of the Beth Israel Synagogue in Halifax, Canada, he serves as Director of Training and Placement at Ohr Torah Stone’s Straus-Amiel and Beren-Amiel programs which train, place and provide ongoing support to a vibrant cadre of spiritual leaders who serve the Jewish world around the globe. Rabbi Grunstein also serves as an administrator of the rabbinical court for conversions, located in Gush Etzion, and is part of the founding faculty of the English speaking Kollel of Efrat. An experienced rabbi, writer, and popular lecturer in Israel and around the world, he is the author of Daven Your Age – An Adult Journey through the Daily Prayer Service (Gefen, 2013), and has over 1,000 recorded classes online in both Hebrew and English.


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We are delighted to share that Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s newest book has been released by Maggid Books, an imprint for books on contemporary Jewish thought from Koren Publishers, Jerusalem. 

The Living Tree: Studies in Modern Orthodoxy comprises a collection of thought-provoking articles that fearlessly confront the most pressing issues facing Orthodox Judaism today. Rabbi Riskin does not flinch from such controversial questions as the possibility of trading land for peace, dialogue with Christians, and finding new solutions for women chained to their marriages (agunot). In his inimitable style that combines halakha, midrash, and a flair for storytelling, Rabbi Riskin treats the reader to a delectable mix of free-wheeling intellect and passionate love of Jewish tradition, Torah, the Land of Israel, and the Jewish people. An inspiration and aspirational must for anyone who cares about the future of Jewish tradition.