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Choosing Hope

The Heritage of Judaism

David Arnow

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: The Jewish Publication Society
Published: 03/2022
Pages: 328
Subject: Social Science
eBook ISBN: 9780827618893


Throughout our history, Jews have traditionally responded to our trials with hope, psychologist David Arnow says, because we have had ready access to Judaism's abundant reservoir of hope.                The first book to plumb the depths of this reservoir, Choosing Hope journeys from biblical times to our day to explore nine fundamental sources of hope in Judaism:    •Teshuvah—the method to fulfill our hope to become better human beings•Tikkun Olam—the hope that we can repair the world by working together•Abraham and Sarah—models of persisting in hope amid trials•Exodus—the archetype of redemptive hope•Covenant—the hope for a durable relationship with the One of Being•Job—the "hard-fought hope" that brings a grief-stricken man back to life•World to Come—the sustaining hope that death is not the end•Israel—high hope activists work to build a just and inclusive society for all Israelis•Jewish Humor—"hope's last weapon" in our darkest days  Grounded in a contemporary theology that situates the responsibility for creating a better world in human hands, with God acting through us, Choosing Hope can help us both affirm hope in times of trial and transmit our deepest hopes to the next generation. 


David Arnow is a scholar of the festival of Passover. He is the author of Creating Lively Passover Seders and coeditor of My People's Passover Haggadah. ?


"Former clinical psychologist Arnow . . . unearths the hopefulness baked into Judaism in this stimulating [work]."?Publishers Weekly

"This book is a blessing, a sublime meditation on hope, an erudite feast of Jewish wisdom, and a wellspring of surprising, subversive, deeply satisfying epiphanies about the relationship between hope and all the emotions and experiences that comprise a life of meaning. Doubt, despair, anger, activism, memory, humor, love, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, the Holocaust, and the State of Israel are among the topics explored by David Arnow in his masterful illumination of the purpose and power of hope."?Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author of Deborah, Golda, and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America ?

"Choosing Hope is not only a profound exploration of the meaning and claim of hope but a wonderfully inspiring interpretation of the Jewish tradition. Drawing on meticulous reading of vast sources and teachings, this extraordinary book bears witness to the core idea of Jewish faith itself: as an awakening to confront our sorrows and despair with the personal and communal ongoing task of tikkun."?Moshe Halbertal, John and Golda Cohen Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy at the Hebrew University ?