We all know that stories in the Torah are layered with meanings yet we often cannot understand how they are significant to our lives. Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Dean of American Jewish University's Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, is known widely for making Torah relevant to our current lives and is considered by the eminent Rabbi Harold Kushner to be "one of the most insightful and articulate rabbis of his generation."
Artson's latest book, Passing Life's Tests: Spiritual Reflections on The Trial of Abraham, The Binding of Isaac, offers new wisdom into what may be the most agonizing narrative in the bible and stuns us with its relevance to our own personal difficulties.
Rabbi David Wolpe, the spiritual leader of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, says that the book, "takes Abraham's test and, through personal testimony and deep learning, teaches all of us crucial lessons about faith, learning, and love."
With a new understanding, the book challenges us to pay closer attention to our lives and, by examining our priorities, responsibilities, mindfulness, and faith, to ask ourselves if we are passing our own life tests.
Rabbi Artson, DHL, holds the Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean's Chair at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and is a Vice-President of American Jewish University.