Living in south central Montana, one must create traditions and observances of important events that reflect truth. This year 5761, I read "The Way of the Boundary Crosser" as part of my Rosh Ha Shana ritual. Rabbi Winker brings loving, compassionate energy to his writing that he shares in person. The flexidoxical origins of our faith are clearly explained and referenced in a way that many will appreciate and understand. The chapter on the Seasons was uplifting. Especially meaningful for me was the chapter on Feminophobia. Rabbi Winker clarified lessons taught to me by a Traditional Rabbi about my special place in Judaism as a women and verified the inclusion to ritual that I was initially given only to be reversed by "orthodox rabbis". L'Shana Tova.
For two hundred years, many Jews have argued that Judaism must evolve and keep pace with changing circumstances if it is to survive. Most such Jews, however, have grounded their philosophy in such secular concepts as "humanism," "historical process" and "individualism," thus leaving themselves open to the charge that they are not being true to the spirit of Judaism.
Enter Rabbi Gershon Winkler, a leading Jewish Renewal teacher. In his latest work he makes use of classical and medieval Jewish texts to show that flexibility, innovation and dynamism are not only permissible within Judaism but are the very essence of the Jewish path. But this is not a pedantic work. Through Winkler's artful translations, the voices of Jewish sages come alive and engage the reader in dialogue. The Way of the Boundary Crosser is essential reading for Jews who are tired of the stale Judaism offered by today's "movements," and who wish to rediscover the ever-flowing, ever-changing, growth-affirming potential within the Jewish tradition.