Two Worlds

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One People, Two Worlds, Yaakov Yosef Reinman and Ammiel Hirsch,  Schocken,  September 9,  2009

After being introduced by a mutual  friend in the winter of 2000,  Reform  Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch and  Orthodox Rabbi  Yosef Reinman embarked on an unprecedented eighteen-month e-mail correspondence on the fundamental principles of Jewish faith and practice. What resulted is this book: an honest, intelligent, no-holds-barred discussion of virtually every “hot button” issue on which Reform and Orthodox Jews differ, among them the existence of a Supreme Being, the origins and authenticity of the Bible and the Oral Law, the role of women, assimilation, the value of secular culture, and Israel.  Sometimes they agree; more often than not they disagree — and quite sharply, too.

But the important thing is that, as they keep talking to each other, they discover that they actually like each other, and, above all, they respect each other. Their journey from mutual suspicion to mutual regard is an extraordinary one; from it, both Jews and non-Jews of all backgrounds can learn a great deal about the practice of Judaism today and about the continuity of the Jewish people into the future (from the Hardcover edition).
About the Author
Ammiel Hirsch is Executive Director of the Association of  Reform Zionists of America/World Union for Progressive Judaism, North America. His editorials, essays, and sermons appear in newspapers and magazines around the world. He lives in New York City.

Yosef Reinman is an Orthodox writer, historian, and scholar of international renown. His monographs and articles have appeared in many Jewish periodicals and his study of  Talmudic contractual law is a standard text in yeshivas throughout the world.  He lives in Lakewood,  New Jersey (from the Hardcover edition).

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