Wednesday, January 27, 2021

It's Here! Rationalism Vs. Mysticism is out!

Mazal tov! After many years' work, Rationalism vs. Mysticism: Schisms in Traditional Jewish Thought has finally come off the press.

There is no question in my mind that this is the most important book that I have ever written. It won't be as popular as The Challenge Of Creation or The Torah Encyclopedia of the Animal Kingdom, but in terms of clarifying important matters of Jewish thought, it far eclipses them in significance.

You can buy it online at the museum website using this link, where you can also see the table of contents. Please note that for books sold on the museum website, every cent goes directly to supporting the museum. (And so please buy it directly from the museum website rather than elsewhere!)

As for shipping... well, it will take a while. The book literally just came off the press, and it has to get by ship to our US distribution office. And as far as Israel orders are concerned, the mail service here is currently disastrous. We are happy to mail the books out, but we will also be arranging pick-up points in various places, which will be much faster. (And, of course, the book can be collected from the Biblical Museum of Natural History, as well as from my home.) But we'll certainly get it to you before Amazon can!

Meanwhile, those who order the book will receive an invitation to an exclusive event, an online book launch via Zoom. The date of the event is still to be determined, but it will probably be soon, so order your copy now!


40 comments:

  1. Mazal Tov - and thank you for all your work being a public leadership voice for a saner and more authentic judaism that is generally on offer these days.
    My hat off to you, Sir.

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    1. RNS's Judaism is properly rabbinic without being either of the current black- or white- aberrations.

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  2. Can't wait to read it!
    Are the chapters that contain your monographs completely revised, or is it the same content?

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  3. Does the book include a discussion of Yeridat Hadorot?

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  4. Mazal tov! The long wait is over. I am glad to see it is finally out. I let a friend know the book is out, too. I look forward to reading it. Many thanks.

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  5. Where's the e-book? No shipping issues.

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    1. Probably issues with piracy. I would buy an ebook though.

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    2. Agreed. I read books almost exclusively on my kindle these days, other than on Shabbat, when I am too busy with my kids to read much anyway.

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  6. The quote from the WSJ refers to you as being part of the "ultra Orthodox" community. Do you still identify with that community, or do you consider yourself Modern Orthodox?

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    1. That is from an article in 2007. https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB118308869790152666

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  7. Dear Rav Slikfkin
    Do you consider shipping to France ?

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    1. Anonymous, qui es tu ? Rare sont les fran├žais qui lisent R.N.Slifkin ? (reouven.bouhanna@gmail.com)

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  8. Just placed my order. Looking forward to reading!

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  9. Mazal tov! Pity there's no digital version.

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  10. Tried to order the book to be shipped to Australia and it comes out as zero shipping which is incorrect. Is it available to us down under or do we need to wait.

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  11. Am I right in thinking there is no extra shipping charge being calculated to Canada?

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  12. I believe your most important work will be The Torah Encyclopedia of the Animal Kingdom - VOLUME 2. But this will do for now! Ordered and looking forward to it.

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  13. As soon as a digital version of this is out, I will get my copy...

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  14. “Mysticism is out!“ I agree, and hope more come to agree. There is no demon haunted world. Anyway, RNS has written some important books, but I agree this is the most important one. I would say Mavel Tov, but that may offend some readers here. ACJA

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  15. Did you check alternative shipping services in Israel (Cheetah etc.)?

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  16. mazal tov definitely mystical !

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    1. I was gonna ask the same but you beat me to it.

      @RNS, is "Mazal Tov" congruent with the rational school of thought?

      Moshe from BP

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  17. Despite all your criticism of Chareidim, and despite that some non-Chareidim will find this offensive, my niche in the Chareidi community is where I want to stay and what I prefer and enjoy. That being so, you must (pretty please) make an ebook available that can hide in the computer to be read in private, as opposed to one on the shelf that can a) confuse the family and b) be open to inquiries of "what's this?!".

    Cheers!

    Mazel tov!

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    1. Good point. When we went to the Museum in Bet Shemesh, I let my then-nine-year-old voracious son read from one of the books for sale and was really uncomfortable with the content. What's important for adults may not be at all appropriate for kids.

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    2. So do you not let him go into bookstores? My books are sold there, too.

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    3. And shockingly enough even worse materials. :) But don't be prickly. You must agree that there is some age at which we supervise what children read because they are too young to introduce certain concepts. Perhaps we'll quibble whether that's 14 or 40. But I was noting that while we might supervise our kids in a bookstore, it's not possible at home. Ive ended up removing some books from my house as a result. The Quran can stay. It's boring and poorly written. But Maus had to go. :( you should be flattered your books are attractive enough to make the cut.

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    4. I don't think it's tied to age per se. Rather to the nature of the child. Some people should never read these works. Some should be introduced at an early age. Chanoch lnaar lfi darco.

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  18. Congratulations! I look forward to reading it.

    An e-book edition with DRM protection is certainly worth considering.

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  19. On the contrary: I vote for no ebook version. No surreptitious reading on your forbidden cell phone. Only physical copies, placed prominently on your shelf, so your neighbors can come in and get the shock of their lives. May they be confused and ask in astonishment, "What's this?" and may you fumble around for an answer, which won't be convincing.

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  21. We can't wait, good thing we live less than 1 km away! We will come pick up :)

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  22. For those of us ordering from the museum site, since we won't be able to attend a book launch in person and ask you there, could we receive an inscribed copy of the book?

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    1. Sorry, that's not possible, I don't have physical access to the books being mailed out. I can only inscribe books being collected from the museum or my house.

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  23. I recommend getting it banned to boost sales. Shouldn't be too hard.

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  24. Consider an ebook. Friend of mine says he sees more money from a $10 Kindle sale than a $50 hardback

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