NEW YORK, NY—The Central Conference of American Rabbis Press has announced the release of its newest publication, Seven Days, Many Voices: Insights into the Biblical Story of Creation, (preorder the book here) edited by Rabbi Benjamin David, spiritual leader of Congregation Adath Emanu-El in Evesham Township, Burlington County, NJ. The book is an anthology of creative responses to and inspired interpretations of the story of Creation.
Midrash, biblical criticism, literature, theology, climate justice, human rights, history, and science are just some of the fields through which the Creation story is examined by such thinkers as Rabbi Richard F. Address, founder of JewishSacredAging.com; Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Dr. Alyssa Gray, Rabbi Aaron Panken, PhD, Rabbi Mira Wasserman, PhD, Rabbi Jill Jacobs, and many others.
“The story of Creation in the Torah is one that consistently challenges both faith leaders and our congregants,” said Editor Rabbi Benjamin David. “When we dare to investigate the intricacies of the Creation text we come to see not only ourselves, but the imperatives with which we live as Jews.”
Seven Days, Many Voices seeks to provide a wide-range of thought and a multiplicity of perspectives on the story of Creation. The anthology is divided according to the first seven days outlined in Genesis – each section features five essays that explore the wonder and complexity of each day’s particular creation (including the seventh day, or Shabbat).
“We’re thrilled to publish a book that includes a progressive look at the story of Creation – one that integrates and addresses contemporary concerns, creative interpretations, and modern scholarship along with classical Jewish perspectives. Creation is a story that we can continually learn from. We are so pleased to present this book, filled with so many diverse contributors who share fresh looks at this familiar story,” said Rabbi Hara Person, Publisher of the CCAR Press.