emergence of Rabbis Against Gun Violence and this powerful collection of
American faith voices reassures me that citizens of every variety are ready to
stand together, to speak, preach, and act to demand an end to the ongoing
American gun violence epidemic." - from the Foreword by Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
And Yet We Love: Poems (2016)
- "Rabbi Menachem Creditor’s poems read as if he sat at his desk, slit open his heart and poured his feelings onto the page. Nothing is held back, worded “properly” or edited into blandness. For which we should say a special blessing because he is a person with huge emotions, compassion for the world and for the people around him, an amazing ability to take us with him into nature, world conflict, personal pain and the ravages of gun violence. He takes us with him, he lets us experience what he is experiencing, and in his own way he reminds us to breathe more deeply, to let our feelings out, to become fuller people."" - from the Foreword by Ruth Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service
- "Rabbi Creditor is a poet of the soul. These prayer/poems will break your heart open, shining a light that runs from the core of the world through the depths of our pain to the heights of our joy. The book is a portal; it's author, a visionary." - Rabbi Dr. Bradley Shavit Artson, Dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University
- “Rabbi Menachem Creditor has given us all a gift. This book of prayers is here to accompany us though the joys and challenges of our daily lives. These are prayers we can relate to, prayers that heal our hearts and revive our souls.” - Rabbi Naomi Levy, Author of Talking to God
This Prayerbook is the first edition of an ongoing transliteration project designed to support those making their ways into Jewish Prayer. This siddur (prayerbook) is fully transliterated and partially translated.
Peace in Our Cities: Rabbis Against Gun Violence (2013)
The prophet Jeremiah told the weary and heart-broken exiles of Jerusalem that they should “seek the peace of the city.” Rabbis, along with faith leaders of every tradition, teach that a broken society is one in which we fail to take care of others. This book asks some very hard questions of America in the midst of a Gun Violence epidemic, and presents a passionate, hopeful, healing response to a moment of national pain and fragility. The rabbis in this collection ask: How many innocent deaths will it take for our elected officials to respond with moral conviction? How long must America wait to acknowledge that we lose 30+ American lives to Gun Violence every day, scarring our national life? How many tears must be shed? Learn, connect, and be inspired with the voices of today's rabbinic leaders.
Commanded to Live: One Rabbi's Reflections on Gun Violence (2014)
A hint of the historic social contract between Jews and African-Americans in the United States is peeking through once again. No person or group is immune to the blood spilled in the streets of America, where children have easy access to firearms, where the NRA has bought undue influence within American elected leadership, a world in which the social contract Jews must help resurrect is of basic necessity, a world in which "we" are "they," a world in which and every slain (and, please God, saved) child is our own. Rabbis are reclaiming their roles as partners in the prophetic American impulse, amplifying the American value of communal obligation over the inadequate and isolating American philosophies self-reliance and rugged individualism. 33 Divine images are snuffed out every day in America, every day. 7 Newtowns a week, every week. This book is a call to the Jewish community to do our part in restoring God's holy and battered image, one saved human life at a time.
Slavery, Freedom, and Everything Between: The Why, How and What of Passover (2013)
Like all Jewish festivals, Passover has its roots in Jewish history, in our connection to creation and in the rich spiritual and moral values of Judaism. Passover beckons us to embrace and expand freedom. The authors of this collection explore the themes and commitments of the most-celebrated Jewish holiday, one that contains amazing ingredients to fix the world.
A Pesach Rhyme (2012)
This delightful children's book about Passover is a rhyming kids' companion for the seder! Illustrations by children accompany a text that explains while it entertains!
Avodah: A Yom Kippur Story (2012)
The drama of the High Priest on Yom Kippur unfolds in this rhyming riff from the High Priest's perspective, pointing to the powerful difference one person can make!
Rabbi Rebecca and the Thanksgiving Leftovers (2012)
Rabbi Rebecca is a special teacher who travels around the world, sharing Torah with everyone she meets. Many of her students have become rabbis themselves - maybe your rabbi once learned with Rabbi Rebecca! This book contains of her favorite stories: a Jewish Thanksgiving lesson of wisdom and love.
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There is not one day on the Jewish calendar on which thanksgiving is suspended. So why is the American Thanksgiving day different from all other days? The five rabbinic voices in this collection reflect openness to the wisdom of a diverse American community. Each reflection offers one way to deepen the impulse to offer thanksgiving, encouraging the reader to translate gratitude into a commitment to provide others a reason to be thankful.
The future of Conservative/Masorti Judaism depends on voices like those shared in this book, which was created to fulfill the mission of ShefaNetwork: to bring together dreamers from within the Conservative/Masorti Movement and to give their dreams an audible voice.