“Radiance: Creative Mitzvah Living” by Danny Siegel, edited by Rabbi Neal Gold— The Selected Prose and Poetry of Danny Siegel

Siegel, Danny. “Radiance: Creative Mitzvah Living”, edited by Rabbi Neal Gold, Jewish Publication Society, 2020.

The Selected Prose and Poetry of Danny Siegel

Amos Lassen

“Radiance” is the first anthology of the most important writings by Danny Siegel. They span fifty years of his insights and are interspersed with soulful Jewish texts with innovative Mitzvah ideas that challenge us to transform our lives, communities, neighborhoods, and world.

Siegel describes the different and creative ways individuals from different walks of life have brought compassion into the world. He see these people as Mitzvah heroes and shows how we can apply their life lessons. At the same time he shows us how giving makes life better and “presents Jewishly informed best principles for doing more world repair (Tikkun Olam).”

Siegel, as a scholar of rabbinic literature, presents us translations and commentaries on Jewish texts that illuminate Tzedakah, values, caring, and leadership. There are five new essays with his visions for a better world. The poetry included asks religious and theological questions in the face of oppression and war and gives voice to those personal moments that are often neglected by ritual. Further, he raises the wonders of modern Israel and the revelation of love.

We gain practical guidance on using Siegel’s classic and novel works in our own lives  in Jewish organizational settings. By exploring the interaction between heroes, texts, and ourselves, we become engaged in discovering our own potential for Mitzvah living in new ways.

Through the  mix of prose, poetry, classic texts, Torah insights, models of good deeds, portraits of Mitzvah heroes, we see the good in people and in living. We see the possibility of tikkun—healing and repair—for everything that is broken.  We see howany Mitzvah can change the world.

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