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Radiance Creative Mitzvah Living - The Selected Prose and Poetry of Danny Siegel

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  • Danny Siegel (author)
  • Rabbi Neal Gold (editor)

About the Book

Publication Date: April 2020

In his first anthology of the most important writings by Danny Siegel, spanning and modernizing fifty years of his insights, Radiance intersperses soulful Jewish texts with innovative Mitzvah ideas to rouse individuals and communities to transform our lives, communities, and world.

A renowned inspirational teacher, Siegel describes the creative—often startling—ways in which individuals from different walks of life have brought compassion into the world, recognizes them as Mitzvah heroes, and suggests how we can apply their life lessons. He also plumbs how giving enriches living, and presents Jewishly-informed best principles for giving away what we have made for world-repair.  A scholar of rabbinic literature, Siegel offers translations and commentaries on Jewish texts illuminating Tzedakah, values, caring, and leadership. In addition, he tops off a half-century of his thought with five new essays reflecting on his current and future vision for a better world.

The selected poetry asks religious and theological questions in face of oppression and war, gives voice to personal lifecycle moments often neglected by ritual, and exults at the wonders of modern Israel and the revelation of love.
A simultaneously inspirational and pragmatic anthology, Radiance also offers practical guidance on using Siegel’s classic and novel works in personal living and Jewish organizational settings.

Ultimately, in exploring the dynamic interaction between heroes, texts, and us, Siegel engages each of us in discovering our own radiant potential for creative Mitzvah living.

Danny Siegel

Danny Siegel (MHL, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1970) is a well-known author, lecturer, and poet. He is the author of nearly thirty books on Mitzvah heroes and practical and personalized Tzedakah, including Where Heaven and Earth Touch, a 500-selection anthology of Talmudic, midrashic, and halakhic material about living the Jewish life well. He has served as the Tzedakah Resource Person on the United Synagogue Youth Israel Pilgrimage for more than four decades. Ziv Tzedakah Fund, the nonprofit Mitzvah organization he founded in 1981, distributed more than $13,000,000 to worthy individuals and projects until it ceased operations in 2008.

Rabbi Neal Gold

Rabbi Neal Gold (Rabbi, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 1997), (MA, Brandeis University, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, 2018) is the Jewish Chaplain and Hillel Director at Babson College and an adult education instructor for Hebrew College’s Me’ah program. He previously served congregations in New Jersey and Massachusetts, and was Director of Content and Programming for ARZA.

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