Alone and Wrestling: An Anthology
Hardcover, 318 pages, $28.95
Paperback, 318 pages, $18.95
There's a lot of wrestling yet to be done ...
“Seymour Rossel, author of dozens of books and editor of hundreds of books (including a couple of mine), has pulled together a diverse and fascinating retrospective of a lifetime well-spent in the world of Jewish thought. No matter where you dip in to Alone and Wrestling, you are certain to come away a little wiser.”
— Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins, New York Times best-selling author, National Jewish Book Award winner, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Jewish Soul and scores of other popular books
Seymour Rossel, author of dozens of books for children and adults, editor and publisher of several hundred, has drawn together selected writings of his last fifty years in Alone and Wrestling to confront the meaning and milieu of our times. Fiction ranges from his controversial story of acculturation and assimilation “The Last Jew in America” to the wistful “Lament for the Kibbutz” to the revealing “Derekh: A Path Between the Worlds.” Articles that remain timely include “Isaac: God’s Special Child” (did a special needs baby become a patriarch and do Jews owe the existence of the tribes to Rebecca the matriarch?), “When Two and Two Make Three” (the function of superstition in social norms), “Our Dialogue with Buber” (a somewhat mystical encounter with a great mind), and “The Purity of Piety” (how a single book — the Sefer Yetzirah (“Book of Creation“) — continued to affect lives through hundreds of years). Also included are “Surviving Addiction,” “Lucy and the First Amendment,” “Janusz Korczak: The Dilemma of King Matt,” “The Educational Imperative,” and “Every Bush is Burning: Teaching Judaism as a Spiritual Religion.”
As Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor says in the Foreword, “Rabbi Seymour Rossel’s life has been dedicated to learning and teaching. With this book, and the lives Seymour has touched through his writing, publishing, and teaching, I have no doubt that we will not be searching for the last Jew anytime soon.”