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Jewish Sages of Today
Profiles of Extraordinary People
Edited by Aryeh Rubin
Devora Publishing (2009)
ISBN: 978-1-934440-96-4

Reviewed by Boris Segel - January 13, 2010

Twenty-seven Jewish men and women are profiled in Jewish Sages of Today: Profiles of Extraordinary People. They represent the full spectrum of Judaism from a scientist who embraced Orthodox Judaism to a Jazz musician that attends a Jewish Renewal synagogue. The list also includes a magazine editor, a political activist, a Nazi hunter, a writer of Torah commentaries, the founder of a Yiddish cultural center, and many other extraordinary individuals. What unites the members of this eclectic group is that they all passionately work for the betterment of the Jewish people.

Some of the individuals profiled in this book, such as Blu and Irving Greenberg, Adin Steinsaltz, Joseph Telushkin, and Aaron Lansky, may be individuals with whom you are already familiar. In other cases, this book may be your first introduction to such notables as Efraim Zuroff, Michael Berenbaum, and Alice Shalvi. These profiles are important on a variety of levels. Not only are these profiles informative, but they are also inspirational, showing that Jewish activism is alive and well. As well, these individuals serve as positive, Jewish, modern day role models that will inspire both young and old alike.

This book was edited by Aryeh Rubin, the founder and director of Targum Shlishi, which according to their mission statement is a " dedicated to providing a range of creative solutions to problems facing Jewry today." In addition, both American and Israeli authors where chosen to write the profiles contained in Jewish Sages of Today. Short bios of the writers, and the editorial board that selected the individuals to be profiled, are included at the end of the book. As well, additional material on the individuals profiled, along with curriculum materials will be posted on the Jewish Sages of Today website. The website is currently under development, but once this material is posted, it promises to greatly enhance and expand upon the profiles presented within the pages of this exciting new book.

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