Editorial Reviews. Review. One of the leading Jewish thinkers in America today. --Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic Brown's impact stems from her ability to. In the Narrow Places: Daily Inspiration for the Three Weeks. by Dr. Erica Brown. Hardcover, ISBN List Price $ / Was $ / NOW.
Koren Publishers Jerusalem Ltd. Since the first daf yomi in Gemara was started by Rabbi Yehuda Meir Shapiro on the first day of Rosh Hashanah 11 September , learning various texts in daily portions has become increasingly popular. This book is written in that spirit an introduction then daily lessons to guide one through the three weeks for the fast day on the 17 th of Tammuz to the 9 th of Av.
The innovation here is that one is not dealing with a basic text. Instead, the author has chosen various topics and practical lessons to refine thought and behavior.
For many Jews this period when we mourn the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple is difficult to contemplate. It focuses on events centuries removed from our current context.
Ramona Schelin marked it as to-read Apr 06, In order to return us to this period of time in the imagination, the sages of the Talmud estabished a number of laws to frame and recreate the experience of tragedy. For each day of the Three Weeks, she presents a short, inspirational essay based on biblical texts followed by a ka Dr. These narrow spaces must be passed through to get from one place to another but are rarely regarded as stopping grounds. Please sign me up for Aish.
The Temple becomes more relevant only with increased learning, which is unfortunately lacking in many Jewish communities today. This historical distance is only intensified by the American religious attitude that stresses faith as a key to an easier lifestyle, rather than a dictate to restrict and mourn at the height of summer vacations.
American holidays have also become void of their original meaning. Memorial Day is a time of pre-summer sales. Thanksgiving is now a time of football games and a grand turkey fiesta. For many Jews religious holidays have also lost their essential meaning.
She also points out that many observant Jews become entangled in esoteric halachic questions Are swimming lessons permitted during the days before the 9th of Av? Brown is very accurate in her analysis. A confounding problem for the vast majority of Jews is that the liturgy of the 9th of Av might contain beautiful poetry replete with biblical allusions and linguistic styles, but it remains incomprehensible to all but a selected few.
For that reason many synagogues use various techniques to abbreviate the service or race through prayers that are hardly understood.
How does one increase religious devotion during this period? Brown has a very proactive solution. This is a good book to read during the three week period leading up to Tisha B'Av.
The author provides daily chapters that provide insights on key scriptural passages that end in daily meditations to help the reader improve relationships and expand spirituality. I hope to read this book again during the same time of year. ELRS rated it it was amazing Nov 06, Eli Gray rated it it was amazing May 24, Joseph rated it it was amazing Aug 21, Jordan rated it liked it Aug 02, Isabelle rated it really liked it Jul 27, Toby Press rated it it was amazing Jun 23, Debby Stoller rated it it was amazing Jan 05, Eric rated it it was amazing Jul 23, Jessie rated it really liked it Aug 20, Rabbi rated it really liked it Jul 20, Ann Koffsky rated it it was amazing Aug 03, Phyllis rated it really liked it Feb 14, Hanna Anderson rated it really liked it Jul 21, Matt rated it really liked it Jun 29, TL7 rated it it was amazing Apr 13, Aaron Benedict rated it really liked it Feb 25, Koren Publishers rated it it was amazing Jun 12, Elihu Turkel rated it liked it Feb 07, Vaisberg rated it it was amazing Sep 15, Yael Cohen added it Aug 07, Tsipi added it Aug 10, Korri marked it as to-read Aug 10, The Jewish Book Council added it Nov 29, H marked it as to-read Sep 08, Ramona Schelin marked it as to-read Apr 06, Dean Lutrin added it Nov 05, Yehoshua marked it as to-read Jul 15, Heidi marked it as to-read Jul 22, Carol added it Sep 02, Shaina marked it as to-read Mar 10, Tamar S added it Jul 13, Sle marked it as to-read Aug 02, Ilana marked it as to-read Sep 24, Yedida marked it as to-read Sep 24, N Pfeiffer added it Feb 19, Jonathan marked it as to-read Jun 07,