New Torah Commentary

JOI’s Rabbi Kerry Olitzky is featured in a new book by Jewish Lights Publishing called “Modern Men’s Torah Commentary: New Insights from Jewish Men on the 54 Weekly Torah Portions.” Every portion speaks to the “most important concerns of modern men—issues like relationships, sexuality, ambition, work and career, body image, aging, and life passages—by opening them up to the messages of the Torah.” Rabbi Olitzky’s chapter is on Vayetze, with the famous “Jacob’s Ladder” dream sequence.

This book comes at a time when JOI is actively working on new men’s programming. Traditionally one of the harder demographics to reach, we even have an entire think-tank at our upcoming conference in Philadelphia (June 7-9) devoted to figuring out how the Jewish community can better engage men in the 21st century.

Perhaps a book like this can help. A new perspective on old writings might be exactly what it takes to inspire someone to rediscover the Torah and gain a deeper, more meaningful understanding of Judaism.

1 Comment

  1. It doesn’t matter what religion.

    It doesn’t matter what culture.

    While women will join congregations that have exlusively male clergy in large numbers, men will not join congregations with exclusively female clergy and will avoid congregations that have female clergy.

    All the full congregations have exclusively male clergy. I can say that in Thailand, in Egypt, in Colombia, in Russia, in Utah and even in Kiryas Joel (as I do a lot)

    Comment by Dave — May 17, 2009 @ 12:42 pm

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