The Gods Are Broken!

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The Gods Are Broken!

The Hidden Legacy of Abraham

By Jeffrey K. Salkin

Jewish Publication Society of America, Paperback, 9780827609310, 157pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2013


The story of Abraham smashing his father's idols might be the most important Jewish story ever told and the key to how Jews define themselves. In a work at once deeply erudite and wonderfully accessible, Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin conducts readers through the life and legacy of this powerful story and explains how it has shaped Jewish consciousness.

Offering a radical view of Jewish existence, "The Gods Are Broken " views the story of the young Abraham as the primal trauma of Jewish history, one critical to the development of a certain Jewish comfort with rebelliousness and one that, happening in every generation, has helped Jews develop a unique identity. Salkin shows how the story continues to reverberate through the ages, even in its connection to the phenomenon of anti-Semitism.

Salkin's work combining biblical texts, archaeology, rabbinic insights, Hasidic texts (some never before translated), philosophy, history, poetry, contemporary Jewish thought, sociology, and popular culture is nothing less than a journey through two thousand years of Jewish life and intellectual endeavor.

About the Author
Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin is the author of numerous books, including "Righteous Gentiles in the Hebrew Bible: Ancient Role Models for Sacred Relationships" and "Putting God on the Guest List," winner of the 1993 Benjamin Franklin Award for the best religion book published in the United States.