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The Gods Are Broken!
The Hidden Legacy of Abraham

By Rabbi Jeffrey K Salkin (author)

The story of Abraham smashing his father’s idols might be the most important Jewish story ever told and the key to how Jews define themselves. In a work at once deeply erudite and wonderfully accessible, Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin conducts readers through the life and legacy of this powerful story and explains how it has shaped Jewish consciousness.

Offering a radical view of Jewish existence, The Gods Are Broken! views the story of the young Abraham as the “primal trauma” of Jewish history, one critical to the development of a certain Jewish comfort with rebelliousness and one that, happening in every generation, has helped Jews develop a unique identity. Salkin shows how the story continues to reverberate through the ages, even in its connection to the phenomenon of anti-Semitism.

Salkin’s work—combining biblical texts, archaeology, rabbinic insights, Hasidic texts (some never before translated), philosophy, history, poetry, contemporary Jewish thought, sociology, and popular culture—is nothing less than a journey through two thousand years of Jewish life and intellectual endeavor.

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View Rabbi Salkin's lecture at the Skirball Center in NYC.

Book Reviews

Jewish Book Council reviews The Gods are Broken! by Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

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Kirkus reviews The Gods are Broken by Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

About Rabbi Jeffrey K Salkin

Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin is the author of numerous books, including Righteous Gentiles in the Hebrew Bible: Ancient Role Models for Sacred Relationships and Putting God on the Guest List, winner of the 1993 Benjamin Franklin Award for the best religion book published in the United States.

Read our interview with Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

Read this opinion article for a taste Salkin's controversial thoughts on idolatry.

View Rabbi Salkin's lecture at the Skirball Center in NYC