September 21, 2006
Amy Klein’s bibliographical guide for the perplexed
Thirteen books that might help
(Page 2 - Previous Page)-- "Judaism for Dummies" by Rabbi Ted Falcon, David Blatner (Hungry Minds, 2001)
"The world needs more than the secret holiness of individual inwardness. It needs more than sacred sentiments and good intentions. God asks for the heart because He needs the lives. It is by lives that the world will be redeemed, by lives that beat in concordance with God, by deeds that outbeat the finite charity of the human heart. Man's power of action is less vague than his power of intention. And an action has intrinsic meaning; its value to the world is independent of what it means to the person performing it." -- "God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Meaning" by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 1955)
"There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened." -- "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams (First published by Harmony Books, 1980)
-- Compiled by Amy Klein.
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