Commitment and Controversy: Living in Two Worlds Vol. 2
In this new compilation of recent blogs, Jeremy Rosen draws on his experience as a rabbi, academic and teacher to provide insights on the issues facing life as a Jew in a western, open society, covering Jewish customs, tradition, and theology as well as history, politics and current affairs.
Varieties of Jewish Religious Thought
An exploration of ideas that are the core of Jewish tradition and identity. Using both rational and mystical approaches to the issues of Jewish theology, this book is aimed at the thinking, critical person who is unable to accept dogma without question or inquiry.
A history of the first thirty-five years of the Jewish Public School established by the author’s father in 1948 and over which he presided from 1971 to 1984. Modeled on the best of the British Public Schools it tried to offer the best of two worlds, Athens and Jerusalem. An interesting and inspiring experiment in Jewish boarding school education in Britain that closed in 1997.
Rabbi Doctor Kopul Rosen, the author’s father, was a dynamic and charismatic rabbi who quickly rose to become the Principal Rabbi of the Federation of Synagogues in the United Kingdom. Only his age prevented him succeeding chief Rabbi Hertz in 1946. He left the rabbinate to concentrate on education, founding Carmel College in 1948. He died tragically young at the age of 48.
A fantasy “autobiography” of the controversial seventeenth century Ottoman False Messiah Shabbetai Zvi. In which he tries to justify himself as combating rigidity in the Jewish establishment of the time and his desire to expand Jewish settlement in the Holy Land. When he was threatened with death he became a Muslim and tried to bring the three major monotheistic religions together. In the end, he failed at everything he tried.