In times past, the average Jewish person was born in a shtetl, a small Jewish town, with a local kosher baker and fish market, with pious people in the study halls, and a Rabbi who knew both you (and your grandparents) by name. The spirit of the next holiday permeated the air. Life was rich. People were sincere. Jewish knowledge was simply absorbed from daily life. Tradition was cherished.
In our own times, the shtetl walls have come down. In Western society, Jewish beliefs and customs are largely ignored – and sometimes scorned. These days, nothing is automatic. Individuals must make their own choices and ask themselves:
Does Judaism make sense? Can a modern, thinking person identify with traditional Judaism?
In this remarkable book, Jewish belief is explained clearly and logically, for both the beginner and scholar, using a wide variety of both ancient and modern sources.
This fascinating book shows that there is a rational way of understanding traditional Jewish values.
About The Author
From an early age, Pinchas Taylor showed a particular interest in history and science. A top student, he decided to pursue the path to the rabbinate. After graduating from the Rabbinical College of America, he completed his formal rabbinic studies in Los Angeles, CA, and began teaching and counseling people in addiction recovery. After expanding Jewish educational and outreach activities in several communities around the globe, he and his wife Miriam returned to teach at the Rabbinical College of America.
In 2010, the Taylors moved to south Florida, where Rabbi Taylor serves as the Director of Adult Education and Outreach at the Chabad of Plantation. His regular Monday night lectures in Jewish Thought are very popular, and his writings and classes can be found all over the Web.
As an erudite and inspirational young scholar, Rabbi Taylor has become a sought-after educator and speaker. To contact him, please visit PinchasTaylor.com.
“Your book, Pillars of Faith, will enlighten the understanding of all who follow the
laws of the Torah, and serve as a source of knowledge and inspiration for those who
are seeking a life of truth.”
Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky
“… an invaluable aid to introduce one to the foundations of Jewish belief and also to
inspire and strengthen the faith of those already on the Torah path.”
Rabbi Zev Leff
“Impressive… clear and logical explanations of many difficult and complicated subjects.”
Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz
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