The struggle for meaning, for the right questions to ask and the search for useful and relevant answers is everyone’s work, but for teens and young adults it may be particularly daunting. Text Messages: A Torah Commentary for Teens, Edited by Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin, provides text-message length essays based on the Torah portion of the week that contain a method of making Torah meaningful, of relating to and perhaps owning the wisdom it contains. Topics include: interpersonal relationships, sexuality and gender issues, personal ethics, responsibility to family, community and the Jewish people, authority and rebellion, the role of ritual and many more.
This spiritual resource, which includes "Answering the World’s Oldest Question" (Vayera) by Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, is transdenominational and includes the insights of over 100 Jewish leaders who identify as Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Renewal, post-denominational and "just Jewish."
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