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The New Jew Canon: Man’s Search for Meaning

The New Jew Canon is a long-term project that seeks to canonize essential Jewish (and some Non-Jewish) reads as recommended by extraordinary rabbis, experts, and cultural leaders. Suggestions are welcome via comments or email. Title: Man's Search for Meaning Author: … Read More

By / April 14, 2008

The New Jew Canon is a long-term project that seeks to canonize essential Jewish (and some Non-Jewish) reads as recommended by extraordinary rabbis, experts, and cultural leaders. Suggestions are welcome via comments or email.

Author:

Viktor Frankl

Description:

There are a handful of books that belong to the human race. A few such books emerged from the holocaust: Elie Wiesel's Night, Anne Frank's diary, and Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz. Alongside these distillations of the wisdom and brutality of human beings stands this short book by a psychiatrist, the founder of logotherapy. This is the book to hand to someone who believes life is empty, meaningless, worthless. One can truly say of Frankl, whose penetrating wisdom shines through these pages, what Andre Malraux said to Whittaker Chambers: "You have not returned from hell with empty hands."

Recommended By:

Rabbi David Wolpe is the Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California. He lectures widely at universities, synagogues and institutes throughout the country, and he was named "one of the fifty most influential Jews in America" by the Forward. In 2004 he delivered the keynote for the General Assembly of Jewish leaders. Rabbi Wolpe is a frequent contributor to magazines and newspapers on subjects of Jewish and general religious interest. His columns run in Jewish newspapers throughout the country. His own writings, as well as profiles and reviews of his work, have appeared in such publications as Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, USA Today, and many others. He has also been a frequent television guest, including appearances on PBS, CNN and CBS This Morning as a commentator on spiritual questions. He has been featured most recently in a series on A&E called Mysteries of the Bible. Rabbi Wolpe is the author of six books: The Healer of Shattered Hearts: A Jewish View of God, In Speech and In Silence: The Jewish Quest for God, Teaching your Children About God, Why Be Jewish?, Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times, and Floating Takes Faith: Ancient Wisdom for a Modern World.

The New Jew Canon is a long-term project that seeks to canonize essential Jewish (and some Non-Jewish) reads as recommended by extraordinary rabbis, experts, and cultural leaders. Suggestions are welcome via comments or tips.

Previously: A Tale of Love and Darkness, recommended by Danny Maseng