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Books by Rabbi Herzfeld

Rabbi Herzfeld currently has six books published:
Fifty-Four Pick Up: Inspirational Torah Lessons
Food for the Spirit: Inspirational Lessons from the Yom Kippur Service (The Orlofsky Edition)
The Lieberman Open Orthodox Haggadah (The Orlofsky Edition)
The Lieberman Open Orthodox Haggadah (The Orlofsky Edition) in Hebrew
Renewal: Inspirational Lessons of Rosh Hashanah (The Orlofsky Edition)
An Extra Seat (New Children's Book!)




Fifty-Four Pick Up: Inspirational Torah Lessons

There is no issue too controversial for Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld as he seamlessly connects ideas and themes of the Torah to the major issues of our times. What does the Torah say about homosexuality? What is the agunah crisis, and what can we do about it? How do we effectively combat intermarriage? Is our justice system truly just? In this collection of thoughts about the fifty-four weekly Torah portions, Rabbi Herzfeld shows us how the Torah can guide us and inspire us in our daily lives. Why is giving away your pillow the best way to get a good night s sleep? Should the Internet be used for bar mitzvah lessons? How can you be a good parent? What would you do if you had only five minutes to live? Rabbi Herzfeld is confident and proud of his Jewishness. His enthusiasm and unabashed love for the Torah is contagious, and his Jewish pride shouts out from every page. Warning: If you read this book you will be infected by Rabbi Herzfeld s love of Torah!

Food for the Spirit: Inspirational Lessons from the Yom Kippur Service
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld remembers the Yom Kippur of his childhood surrounded by the mournful cries of his fellow worshippers, so it is not surprising that he grew up with an image of Yom Kippur as a purely solemn day. Yet his book emphasizes a different aspect of Yom Kippur, the most important holiday of the Jewish faith: it is not a day of mourning, but a day of celebrating. According to the Talmud, it is the happiest day of the Jewish year. This book explains why Yom Kippur is such a joyous day, and explores the implications of this approach to the holiday as it relates to our entire religious experience.

The Lieberman Open Orthodox Haggadah
The Lieberman Open Orthodox Haggadah (the Orlofsky Edition) addresses some of the burning issues of our times through the lens of the rituals and texts of the Seder night. As we recognize that in every generation we are to seek liberation and freedom, this Haggadah demonstrates an activism that stems from rather than being stymied by our ancient traditions. Open Orthodoxy is a stream of Orthodoxy that combines a strict adherence to Jewish law with an openness and flexibility on certain contemporary issues. With contributions from prominent and original thinkers and an introduction to the term Open Orthodoxy from Rabbi Avi Weiss, this Haggadah discusses some of these cutting-edge concerns such as women as clergy within Orthodoxy (i.e., the Maharat phenomenon), the agunah crisis, and the interaction between Jews and Gentiles.

Renewal: Inspirational Lessons of Rosh Hashanah
In Renewal: Inspirational Lessons of Rosh Hashanah (the Orlofsky edition), Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld infuses the Jewish New Year with fresh significance. Rabbi Herzfeld inspires us to seek deep, nourishing relationships with God while affirming that love of God and love of people are fundamentally connected. With his characteristic warmth, Rabbi Herzfeld imparts practical steps to making and maintaining resolutions for personal development. Through exploring the prayers, Torah readings and symbols of Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Herzfeld demonstrates how this holiday is extraordinarily relevant for us today.



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