Monday, February 23, 2004

Stephen Fried, The New Rabbi: A Congregation Searches for Its Leader.

Fried spent three years at Har Zion, a conservative synagogue in Philadelphia, chronicling the retirement of the long-serving rabbi and the synagogue's search for its next leader. The story is more than simply a chronicle of back-room machinations and religious politics; Fried asks his readers to think about their spirituality as he develops a better understanding of his own. This book is a fascinating and compelling read; I couldn't put it down.