These six elegant and beautifully written essays remind the reader of the power of ideas and the great depth of Michael Rosenak's thinking. Investigating key themes of his long and distinguished career as teacher, scholar, mentor and philosopher, Rosenak touches upon some of the core issues of contemporary Jewish life and teases out the implications for education in our time. As always, he asks the most interesting questions and guides his readers along a path of understanding and exploration.
Barry W. Holtz
Theodore and Florence Baumritter Professor of Jewish Education
Jewish Theological Seminary of America
At a time when religion in general and Judaism in particular has been sliding all too swiftly toward the right, Michael Rosenak presents us with an enlightened and moving series of essays that make belief and Jewish observance plausible, profound and endearing to those who refuse to be pushed to the extremes. He shows there is still a place for religion that can speak to the modern person who resists extremism, exclusivity, and intolerance. Treasure this book.
Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Queens College CUNY
Holder of the Harold M. Proshansky Chair of Jewish Studies
The CUNY Graduate Center
Michael Rosenak is the premier philosopher of Jewish education. What makes his work so special is his deep grounding in Jewish texts, Jewish thought, educational philosophy and educational theory, and his ability to bring concepts from each of these domains into conversation with one another. Everyone with an interest in Jewish education will find much to think about in this collection of essays.
Professor of Education
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion