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The Day I Met Father Isaac at the Supermarket

Lessons in How to Live from the Jewish Tradition

By Rabbi Jack Riemer

What would you say to our forefather Isaac, if you happened to bump into him in a parking lot, and he asked you: ''What's new?'' One of Rabbi Riemer's congregants wants to take his girlfriend away to a hotel for a weekend to see if they click or not and Rabbi Riemer seizes the moment to discuss this counseling problem with Father Isaac. What should he advise the young man to do? The answer he gets from our biblical patriarch is both hilarious and wise. Throughout the chapters of this book, Rabbi Riemer relates stories found in the Bible to the world in which we live today, with humor, imagination and wisdom. After reading these entertaining and meaningful accounts you will understand why Rabbi Riemer is known as ''the rabbi's rabbi,'' and why people like Elie Wiesel, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Harold Kushner have praised his writings.


About the Author
Rabbi Jack Riemer is the founding Chair of The National Rabbinic Network, a support system for Rabbis of all denominations. He has taught rabbis all around the country. His book The World of the High Holy Days is widely used by Rabbis and his original prayers appear in the prayer books of the Conservative, Reform and Orthodox movements in America and abroad. Rabbi Riemer has published essays and reviews in many journals of Jewish and general thought.

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~Review by Fred Isaac, AJL Reviews
Rabbi Riemer may be best known for "So that Your Values May Live On", his wonderful volume on ethical wills. The Day I Met My Father Isaac… is a smaller, easy-to-read, and wise book meant for a broader audience. It contains some of his sermons while serving as interim Rabbi at Anshe Shalom Congregation in Florida. The book contains drashot (homilies) on thirty-five of the weekly parashot (Torah readings). In them Riemer explores both Torah issues and their parallels in modern life using stories, gentle humor, and a touch of irony. Beginning with Lech Lecha (“A Sermon addressed to the rich people in this Congregation”), his subjects include Yitro (“The Super Bowl and the Sedra”), Bechukotai (“Some of my favorite curses”), and Korach (“Too much rightness can kill you”). Each derasha begins with a story; most of them are contemporary, while others come from the Talmud and the Hasidic literature. They are witty and easy to connect with. He then turns to the Torah and links his introduction to the moral of the parashah. Some of his connections are quite powerful, others are sweet. But all are meaningful. The volume concludes with his “Farewell Shabbat” comments: “The lessons you have taught me.” In this talk he reminds his audience that, at their best, teachers are also students.

There has been a plethora of books over the past few years to assist B’nai Mitzvah students with their drashot. This delightful collection of sermons can be used by 12-year-olds. It would be better employed by adults looking for inspiration, as well as to create their own commentaries. It is a fine (and fun) addition to any synagogue library. (Posted on 7/8/2019)

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Additional Info

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ISBN 978-1602803091
Pages 256
Format Softcover
SKU ktav2666
Publisher Ktav Publishing House