By Rabbi Zalman I. Posner (184 Pages)Publisher: Kesher Press, 2002
Can't I be good without being religious?
Why keep kosher?
How can I pray if I don't really believe in G-d?
The Chosen People...after Hitler?
Aren't Mitzvot Restricting?
Can reason define good and evil?
What can a 35 century old tradition tell the 21st century? The American Jew's question is as likely to be why Judaism teaches what it does as what Judaism teaches. The author endeavors to bridge the huge gap that often exists between the Jewish knowledge and the academic, to demonstrate that Judaism's teachings must be examined with care and rigor. Torah addresses the contemporary world giving guidance and challenge and goals worthy of a thinking person.
Drawing on Chassidic sources and orientation the author endeavors to contribute the Chassidic perspective to the subjects at hand.
The majority of the 26 essays in this book are based on lectures and discussions given by Rabbi Posner at the annual "Encounter with Chabad" during the 1970's. Originally published in 1978, it has been reissued with only minor variations, and apply just as well to the problems that confront a new generation.