Who are the ancient role models for the sacred relationship
between Jews and non-Jews today?
Now more than ever, gentiles are an integral part of the Jewish community. But they are not new to the Jewish story. In fact, righteous gentiles go back to Abraham. The story of the Jewish people can’t be told without them.
Noted author and educator Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin provides an informative and inspiring look at the sympathetic non-Israelite characters of the Hebrew Bible and the redemptive relationships they had with the Jewish people. Relying on biblical and extra-biblical sources, he introduces each character, drawing lessons from the life of each that will be relevant to you, whatever your faith tradition. They include the …
First gentile to bless a Jew
First woman to hear the Divine voice and save a Jewish baby
First teacher of morality to the Jews
First gentile mother of Jewish children
Gentile midwives who invented civil disobedience
Mother of Moses and nurturer of the Jewish people
Father-in-law and teacher of Moses
First “gentile Zionist”
Gentile warrior who fought for the Israelites
Gentile contractor for Solomon’s Temple
Gentiles who acknowledged God and repented
Creator of the Second Jewish Commonwealth
“A treasure trove…. Teaches us to open our eyes to people of all faiths among us who embody the highest ethical ideals, enhance our lives and ensure the ultimate redemption of all of humankind. A must read and gift for everyone who is interested in reading the Bible.”
—Norman J. Cohen, rabbi, provost of Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and professor of midrash; author, The Way Into Torah
“Sparkles with fresh insights and new perspectives. Jews and Christians alike will be bemused and enlightened by Salkin’s new look at our ancient texts.”
—Dr. Eugene J. Fisher, associate director emeritus, Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
“A mitzvah of great generosity. Will help gentiles like me find a place in the storyof GodÂ’s people without taking what does not belong to us.”
—Barbara Brown Taylor, author, An Altar in the World:A Geography of Faith
Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin is recognized as one of the most thoughtful Jewish writers and teachers of his generation. He has helped people find spiritual meaning in both the great and small moments in life.
A noted author whose work has appeared in many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, and the Congressional Record, Rabbi Salkin is editor of the bestseller A Dream of Zion: American Jews Reflect on Why Israel Matters to Them, and author of Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah; For Kids—Putting God on Your Guest List: How to Claim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah; and Being God’s Partner: How to Find the Hidden Link Between Spirituality and Your Work, with an introduction by Norman Lear (all Jewish Lights).
Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis is one of the most respected spiritual leaders and teachers of his generation. He has been a rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California, for close to forty years. He is author of many books, including Conscience: The Duty to Obey and the Duty to Disobey (Jewish Lights), and is founding chairman of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous and founder of Jewish World Watch.
Phyllis Tickle, a lay Eucharistic minister and lector in the Episcopal Church, is senior fellow of Cathedral College of the Washington National Cathedral; and founding editor of the Religion Department of Publishers Weekly, the international journal of the book industry. Tickle is author of many books, including The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why.