The challenge of Judaism in our time lies not so much in the Torah itself, but in its application to the outlandish existence of a Jew in 2019. How are we to see in the chaos and difficulties of our times the hand of our Creator? How are we to understand the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s repeated claim that the world is not a dark and lawless jungle, but rather G-d’s garden, a place of beauty and repose? And if Chassidic teachings hold the key, how do we apply their words honestly and without compromise?
In these 45+ essays curated, revised, and collected for the first time in a single volume, discover the startling clarity, innovative connections, and engaging style that has brought joy and insight to readers for over half a decade. “Not A Jungle” contains seven never-previously-published works, including a repudiation of social media and the inside story on Tikkun Olam, as well as old favorites like a brief summary of Jewish belief and his defense of the Rebbe’s teaching on the origin of fossils.