This article was originally published in The Times of Israel.
Are traditional Torah commentators like Rashi and Ramban not hip enough for you? Then consider a new collection of scriptural interpretations by 54 of North America’s coolest young Jews.
Just in time for Simchat Torah, Reboot, a cutting-edge New York-based national Jewish outreach and engagement non-profit, has published “Unscrolled” (Workman Publishing, 2013) an eclectic compilation of radical takes on the weekly portions by noted Gen X and Millennial writers and artists.
For the most part, none of these leading cultural influencers had cracked open a chumash since their b’nei mitzvah ceremonies before being invited to contribute to the book. But, of course, it’s never too late to learn Torah. And if the cool kids are doing it, then we’ll bet everyone else is going to want to do it, too.
This, at least, is the hope of Roger Bennett, Reboot’s founder and the book’s editor. “Text study is core to Reboot’s mission,” he tells The Times of Israel. His organization creates and facilitates opportunities for young people to grapple with key aspects of Jewish identity and revitalize Jewish traditions for our times.
“Working in Torah has long been our goal,” says Bennett, who is in his early forties. “We want to catalyze a conversation among the newest members of the oldest book club in the world.”
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