The theme of brokeness explored in study of Abraham’s rebellion

The Gods Are Broken!: The Hidden Legacy of Abraham, by Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin. University of Nebraska Press / Jewish Publication Society. 192 pages. $19.95.

 In tidy chapters and subchapters, and in a breezy, excited style, the author explores all aspects of the meaning of  brokenness as a Jewish identifier. Likewise, he explores the tension of stasis and change. To break is to break away, to break convention, and ultimately to create anew. Salkin reminds us that idolatry does not require idols. Too strong a focus on ritual for its own sake can become idolatrous. An obsession with halakha or institution building (especially the material building) can shut us off from our spiritual nature and journey.

See the entire review, as prepared for Jewish Book World, at: The Gods Are Broken!: The Hidden Legacy of Abraham

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