Trail Guide to the Torah of Nonviolence

The people of Israel stand at a crossroad. Tangled lengths of history tug at our heels; a mountain of stories hovers over us like a wedding canopy, or is it a shroud? In the middle of the path where the road divides, a sign is posted on the way. Two arrows point in opposite directions. One arrow points to the Path of the Book. The other arrow points to the Path of the Sword. Which path shall we travel? The Book or the Sword? Our elders taught, ‘If the sword, then not the book. If the book, then not the sword.’ About this, Torah says: ‘Record this instruction: “Resist the way of the sword with the way of the book.”’Trail Guide to the Torah of Nonviolence

Experience the power of Jewish nonviolence

  • Invite me to perform and read from the Trail Guide
  • Host peace education workshops and trainings based on the principles of The Torah of Nonviolence
  • Shomer Shalom Sabbaths and Holy Day retreats

PRAISE for Trail Guide to the Torah of Nonviolence

"Trail Guide to the Torah of Nonviolence is an inspirational and hope-filled book. In a world struggling to move from violence to nonviolence, this Trail Guide will play an important part in the new consciousness evolving within the Human Family, which proclaims that life is sacred and we can, together, in love, solve our problems without violence, nuclear weapons, militarism or war." —Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate

"Rabbi Lynn has been courageously walking the walk of nonviolence as long as any Jewish leader today. Now she is showing the way to a new generation – read this inspiring book and learn how you can accompany her on this sacred journey." —Rabbi Brant Rosen, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, Evanston, Illinois

"Trail Guide to the Torah of Nonviolence is a wonderful introduction to Jewish theology of peace, written by one of the foremost Jewish peace practitioners of today. Trail Guide fits within the genre of Liberation Theology in the perception that scripture can best be understood when read from among the community of people struggling at the base. A great “trail guide” for people of any religious tradition." —Peace Pastor Doug Hostetter, Director, Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office

"Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb’s Trail Guide to the Torah of Nonviolence weaves together humorous stories, heart-opening poetry, and no-nonsense political commentary to create a framework for the expression of creative nonviolence in our personal lives and in society at large. Her command of Jewish wisdom and law, coupled with real-life experience and a radical commitment to deep social justice and anti-oppression organizing, makes Gottlieb an excellent author for this guide. Maybe if this kind of trail guide were more widely available, we wouldn’t be such a fractured and "Lonely Planet" after all!"—Rae Abileah, Writer, activist, member of Young Jewish and Proud

"When one takes a journey it is helpful to engage a guide. Though pilgrimage does not appear in the title, we know Rabbi Gottlieb’s life has been at peace with this practice and for her, the journey is ongoing. The notion of a Trail Guide is well chosen as a way of approaching and working through a Torah of Nonviolence. Although written most explicitly for Jewish explorers, anyone curious about or committed to understanding and practicing nonviolence will be enriched with Rabbi Gottlieb as their guide. Those who have seen her performance of Lilith or sat in a circle of dialogue with Rabbi Gottlieb, will immediately recognize her powerful voice." —Mark C. Johnson, Former executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, USA

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