How to Make a Soul: Living the Jewish Story

It is human to tell stories. Judaism ties these stories to the physical world through the transformational process of ritual. Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein presents a model of Jewish education in which rituals serve to bind us both to our individual memories and the collective memory of our people. Drawing from the stories of Sarah and Avraham, as well as contemporary academic scholarship on ritual, Rabbi Epstein explains how we might bring ritual observance into our everyday lives in a way that has the power to truly forge our souls.

Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein is the executive director of the Center for Rabbinic Innovation and a member of the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.

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