One simple, powerful word hineini contains the key to deepening your relationship with God and with others.
Hineini (Here I am!). This single spoken word appears only fourteen times in the Bible–each time in a memorable and meaningful story: Abraham offering Isaac as a sacrifice to God, Jacob deceiving his father for Esau's birthright, Moses answering the call that comes from the Burning Bush.
Scholar and popular teacher Norman Cohen explores each of these powerful stories and shows what each can reveal about you as parent, spouse, sibling, lover and friend. By probing these dynamic biblical relationships, Cohen challenges you to think about the ways you relate to the people in your life and God.
And, to add other fascinating perspectives to the conversation, eleven insightful authors and teachers share personal reflections that exemplify each of the hineini passages.
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About the Author
Dr. Norman J. Cohen is widely recognized as one of the great teachers of his generation. A rabbi, professor emeritus of midrash and former provost of Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, he frequently lectures to Jewish and Christian laypeople and scholars on Bible study and midrashfinding contemporary meaning from ancient biblical texts. Cohen was a participant in Bill Moyers's Genesis: A Living Conversation on PBS. He is author of Self, Struggle & Change: Family Conflict Stories in Genesis and Their Healing Insights for Our Lives ; Voices from Genesis: Guiding Us through the Stages of Life ; Moses and the Journey to Leadership: Timeless Lessons of Effective Management from the Bible and Today's Leaders ; Hineni in Our Lives: Learning How to Respond to Others through 14 Biblical Texts & Personal Stories and The Way Into Torah (all Jewish Lights).
Table of Contents
PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Reading through the Prism of MidrashMaking the Text Our Own
PART I: FOURTEEN BIBLICAL TEXTS, FOURTEEN OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEANING 1. Recognizing the Other2. Being Accessible to the Other3. Awakening to Relationship4. Response in the Everyday5. Unqualified Openness: The Challenge and the Risk6. Fulfilling Past Promises7. The Significant Ramifications of Our Response to Others8. Responding to the Other's Fears9. The Reticence to Respond10. The Difficulty of Discerning the Call11. Fabricating the Call12. The Ever-Present Other13. The Ultimate Call14. The Ultimate Response
PART II: PERSONAL STORIES: MAKING HINEINI COME ALIVE Double CallRabbi Lester BronsteinJacob’s Tangled WebAlan DershowitzBringing My Whole Self to GodRabbi Laura GellerParallel Life JourneysRabbi Neil GillmanBeing Accessible to the Other in Our LivesRabbi Richard JacobsHineini: The Calling?Lawrence KushnerThe Story of a CallingPeter Ascher PitzeleI Am Not Supposed to Be HereRabbi Sandy Eisenberg SassoThe Challenge of Answering HineiniRabbi Zalman Schachter-ShalomiOne Hineini Against AnotherRabbi Harold SchulweisBeholding EsauPhyllis Trible
PART III: A GUIDE TO CREATING OUR OWN PERSONAL MIDRASH: FINDING YOUR OWN VOICE IN THE TEXT