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If you've enjoyed our immersive programs, evening lectures, podcasts and online material, you may also enjoy our publications.
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|In The Torah of Music (Hadar Press, 2017), Joey Weisenberg brings together a comprehensive collection of 180 curated texts from the Jewish musical-spiritual imagination. In the first half, Weisenberg reflects on ancient texts alongside stories from his life as a musician. In the second half, Weisenberg presents a bilingual 'open library' of traditional texts on the subject of music and song, garnered from over three thousand years of Jewish history, to open up the world of Jewish musical thought to all who are willing to join the song. We're thrilled that The Torah of Music won the 2017 National Jewish Book Award for Contemporary Literature. Buy the book here.|
|In The Heart of Torah, Rabbi Shai Held's Torah essays, two for each weekly portion, open new horizons in Jewish biblical commentary. R. Held probes the portions in bold, original, and provocative ways. He mines Talmud and midrashim, great writers of world literature, and astute commentators of other religious backgrounds to ponder fundamental questions about God, human nature, and what it means to be a religious person in the modern world. Along the way, he illuminates the centrality of empathy in Jewish ethics, the predominance of divine love in Jewish theology, the primacy of gratitude and generosity, and God's summoning of each of us with all our limitations into the dignity of a covenantal relationship.|
|In this sympathetic, yet critical, examination, Shai Held elicits the overarching themes and unity of Heschel’s incisive and insightful thought. Find out more information about Shai Held's book, Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence, and order your copy here. Also includes three lectures on the writing and subject of the book.|
|Building Singing Communities is an easy-to-read, how-to guide to making music a lasting and joy-filled force in shul and Jewish life. Find out more about this book here.|
|Joey Weisenberg has six albums of niggunim, perfect for learning new melodies to add to your prayers or to build communities with song. You can buy and download all six here.|
|Mechon Hadar and Kehilat Hadar co-founder, Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, writes about the Independent Minyan movement. Learn more and purchase your copy here.|
|Rabbi Ethan Tucker and Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg have published their vision of egalitarianism in book form. You can order it here.|
From the Mechon Hadar Center for Jewish Law and Values, Reconstructing the Talmud, by Joshua Kulp and Jason Rogoff, introduces the modern Talmud student to the techniques developed over the last century for uncovering how this literature developed. Find out more information and order your copy here.
Read a chapter of the book here.
|This Songbook is a collection of sheet music for the first four albums of Joey Weisenberg’s “Nigunim” series. In these compositions and on the accompanying recordings, you can hear older styles of Jewish music—nigunim (wordless melodies), z’mirot (Sabbath-table melodies), choral music, and traditional nusah (prayer chant)—organically melding with the spontaneous improvisation, liberated harmonies and indie soul music of the Brooklyn soundscape. Find out more information here.