Shai Held
The Heart of Torah has been ranking as #1, #2 and #3 New Releases in Amazon's category of Torah and is now available for purchase! Order your copy here!

The work grows out of an intense labor of love and covers an extraordinary array of topics. Some of the core themes feature prominently: the centrality of compassion and empathy in Jewish ethics, the predominance of divine love in Jewish theology, the primacy of gratitude and generosity in Jewish spirituality, and the lived experience of being summoned by God to lives of goodness and holiness.

The Heart of Torah Book Tour: Locations and Dates

Past Events:

JCC Greenwich
July 20, 2017
Lunch and Learn
Greenwich, CT

The Hampton Synagogue
July 20, 2017
In dialogue with Rabbi Avraham Bronstein
The Hamptons, NY

Postponed: Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (HIR)
Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale (CSAIR)
September 10, 2017
Dialogue with Rabbanit Devorah Zlochower and
Learning on High Holiday Themes
Riverdale, NY

Anshe Emet Synagogue
September 13, 2017
In Conversation with Rabbis David Wolkenfeld and Lizzi Heydemann; introduction from Rabbi David Russo
Chicago, IL

Hebrew College
September 17, 2017
Limmud and Temple Reyim co-sponsors
Dialogue with Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld
Newton Centre, MA

Temple Israel Center/Bet Am Shalom
September 25, 2017
White Plains, NY

Temple Emanuel
September 26, 2017
In conversation with Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz
Reception and book signing
Newton, MA

JCC Manhattan
October 3, 2017
7:30pm $10/$15
In conversation with Abigail Pogrebin
New York, NY

Adas Israel Congregation
October 8, 2017
In conversation with Jeffrey Golderg, Editor In Chief of the Atlantic
Co-sponsored by 6th & I and Washington Board of Rabbis
Washington, DC

Beth Zion-Beth Israel (BZBI)
October 9, 2017
In conversation with Rabbi Elsie Stern
Philadelphia, PA

Westchester Jewish Center
October 10, 2017
Palmer and Rockland Avenues
Mamaroneck, NY 10543

The Heart of Torah

What the Critics Are Saying

"The Heart of Torah is a stunning achievement: textually learned, theologically profound, ethically challenging, spiritually uplifting, and psychologically astute. If you want to know what it can mean to read the Torah today with your whole heart and your whole mind, read the book. And then when you're done, read it again."

- Rabbi Sharon Brous, Founder/Senior Rabbi, Ikar, Los Angeles


"Echoing Emerson, I say: if you know my work or trust my judgment, take this book into your life. Read it, absorb it and share it. It will help you become a more model human being, a better parent and person, a wiser leader and follower, a more discerning friend and coworker."

- Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, author of The Jewish Way, and Founder of CLAL