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The Torah Revolution: Fourteen Truths That Changed the World (edition 2011)

by Reuven, Ph.d Hammer

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Title:The Torah Revolution: Fourteen Truths That Changed the World
Authors:Reuven
Other authors:Ph.d Hammer
Info:Skylight Paths Pub (2011), Hardcover, 250 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Torah, truths, teachings, Moses

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The Torah Revolution: Fourteen Truths That Changed the World by Reuven Hammer Ph.d

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Rabbi Dr. Reuven Hammer is the author of many scholarly books written in a popular, easy to read, and informative style. In this volume, he discusses fourteen truths that underlie many teachings, laws, and stories contained in the Hebrew Bible, truths that have been accepted by many cultures and changed the thinking and behaviors of many societies. He quotes the Bible sections that inspired the truths and cites many authorities that confirm what he is saying. “My intent, then, in writing this book” he tells us, “was to discover and explore those core concepts on which the original religion of Israel was based, as expressed in the Torah.”

He writes that it is true that the Torah’s new concepts were not fully implemented in the past: “Sometimes that took generations, and sometimes there were retreats from the purity of these ideas. Some have yet to fully realized.” But the concepts are there in the Torah, and little by little, societies are coming to recognize these truths and implementing them. What are they?

1. Only one God exists. God is eternal, without physical needs, just, and merciful.
2. There is no supernatural evil force in the world.
3. God expects people to act properly. Ritual is secondary to right conduct.
4. God does not need sacrifices. Worship helps people, not God.
5. Human life is sacred.
6. All people are equal.
7. Men and women are equal.
8. Humans have free will and can choose their actions.
9. Human leaders are subordinate to the laws of God.
10. Priests and Levites have no special powers and no secret knowledge.
11. Land and wealth should be distributed equitably.
12. Slavery of all kinds should be mitigated.
13. The needy must be cared for.
14. There should be a day of rest for everyone, including animals.

Hammer discusses each of these truths in detail, compares them to the way other societies handled them, tells some of the history of how these ideas developed, and suggests further improvements. Readers will learn much from this book and have a better and deeper appreciation of the Hebrew Bible. ( )
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"This is a unique look at the Torah--the foundation of Jewish existence--and the revolutionary teachings of Moses embedded within it that gave birth to Judaism and influenced the world. Dr. Reuven Hammer presents fourteen radical ideas found in Torah, explains their original intentions, and shows how understanding these 'truths' can help you better understand the narrative and laws of Judaism. He shows how when taken together, these value concepts present a picture of human life that is surprisingly modern and relevant to our goals for repairing the world today"--Jacket.… (more)

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