Judges for Our Time. Contemporary Lessons from the Book of Shoftim (Hardcover)
Author: Steven Pruzansky
In its accounts of victories and defeats, conquests and liberation, the sordid tales of spiritual corruption, and the relentless struggle to maintain a Jewish state in the face of implacable enemies, the Book of Shoftim reads like today's headlines.
In the sixty years of modern Jewish statehood, there has been a remarkable - though unsurprising - recurrence of almost every issue tackled by the judges in their time: foreign enemies, incessant terror, asymmetrical warfare, the role of women in public life, intermarriage, converts, religion and state, pluralism, diplomacy, and for peace, and an imperfect - and occasionally grievously flawed - leadership.
Learn how Jews of ancient times – guided by the divine wisdom of the Torah – overcame strife, disunity, and even civil war, and how the modern State of Israel serves as a similar bridge between the exile and the restoration of the faithful Torah state with the monarchy of King David’s descendants. Rabbi Pruzansky directly confronts the controversial issues in the public domain today, and uncovers the secret to modern Jewish governance. Judges for Our Time shows clearly how the Book of Shoftim is profoundly relevant to our era.
Hardcover, 228 pages
Rabbi Steven Pruzansky is the spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, a synagogue consisting of more than 550 families located in Teaneck, New Jersey, and one of the most vibrant centers of Orthodox Jewish life today.
Rabbi Pruzansky graduated from Columbia University in 1978 with a B.A. in history, and received a Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in 1981. He practiced law for 13 years as a general practitioner and litigator in New York City until assuming his current pulpit. Rabbi Pruzansky studied in yeshivot in Israel and the United States, and was ordained at Yeshiva Bnei Torah of Far Rockaway, New York under the guidance of Rabbi Yisrael Chait, shlita.
He currently serves as President of the Rabbinical Board of Bergen County, in addition to being a member of the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America.