An outstanding and much needed authoritative interpretation of the many threads of judaism goldberg interweaves its many workings in a way that makes us rethink the meanings of the diversity and interconnectedness of a living religion richard hecht author of to rule jerusalem a potent and authoritative anthology which unravels the many threads of a living judaism. The goal of jewish life is to embody torah the living word of the living god addressed to all creation through the life and experience of am yisrael the jewish peoplethis jewish insight teaches us that as jews we have the opportunity to take the wisdom of our tradition and make it real in the world in which we live. In the eyes of judaism whatever meaning life acquires derives from this encounter the divine accepts and confirms the human in the moment of meeting but the meaning conferred upon human life by the divine human encounter cannot be understood in terms of some finite human purpose supposedly more ultimate than the meeting itself. The life of judaism one of the major changes in jewish religious life in this century has been the extension of torah literacy and education to include women this is not a single trend however and its implications vary according to the group within which it has taken place in the united states the term religion typically
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