May 4, 2014

announcing the publication of "Commanded to Live: One Rabbi's Reflections on Gun Violence"

About the Author
Rabbi Menachem Creditor serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, CA. Named by Newsweek as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in America, he is a published author, musician, teacher and activist who has spent time working locally, in Ghana, and in the White House to amplify the prophetic Jewish voice in the world. His most recent books are "Peace in Our Cities: Rabbis Against Gun Violence" and "Siddur Tov LeHodot: A Transliterated Shabbat Prayerbook." A frequent speaker on Jewish Leadership and Literacy in communities around the United States and Israel, he serves on the board of American Jewish World Service, the Executive Council for the Rabbinical Assembly, and the Chancellor's Rabbinic Cabinet at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and blogs at

Commanded to Live
One Rabbi's Reflections on Gun Violence
by Rabbi Menachem Creditor

ISBN-10: 1499340524 
BISAC: Political Science / Public Policy / Social Policy
List Price: $12.99

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 by Rabbi Menachem Creditor 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.

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Chag Sukkot Sameach, dear friends.