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Mark Gerson: The Telling: How Judaism’s Essential Book Reveals the Meaning of LifeFebruary 24, 2021 @ 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

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Jessie Pepper

Mark Gerson: The Telling: How Judaism’s Essential Book Reveals the Meaning of Life

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Life-changing wisdom from one of Judaism’s most powerful texts The Haggadah, which can be found in homes around the world, has guided Jewish families and friends through Pesach celebrations for millennia. Fittingly, ‘Haggadah’ is the Hebrew word for telling — and Mark Gerson shows us what it tells us: how Jewish teachings, ideas, and principles can help each of us to live a happier, better, and more meaningful life.

Mark Gerson’s The Telling shows how the Haggadah is the great Jewish guidebook for life, ready to help us to ask and answer the eternal questions. These include miracles, mission, music, good and evil, actions and character, Jews and gentiles, beginnings and (non)endings, order and freedom, how to feel and express gratitude, joy, and happiness, self-transformation, false humility, blessings, parenthood, education, family, forgiveness, second chances, ideology, watching, newness, Zionism, our relationship with God and more.

Calling on a diverse array of subjects including Talmudic discussion, archeology, sociology, psychology, American history, and brain science to understand the Haggadah, The Telling is a groundbreaking examination of one of the most powerful texts in Judaism — and an indispensable source of wisdom and insight for people of all faiths.

Mark Gerson is the co-founder of Gerson Lehrman Group and has been the founder and/or seed investor in companies in a variety of industries. He is the co-founder and Chairman of United Hatzalah, the crowd-sourced system of volunteer first response that enables Israelis to be treated within the moments separating life from death following any medical trauma. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of African Mission Healthcare, which enables Christian medical missionaries to provide clinical care, training, and medical infrastructure for people throughout Africa.

A graduate of Williams College and Yale Law School, Mark Gerson is the author of books of intellectual history and education. His articles and essays on subjects ranging from Frank Sinatra to the Biblical Jonah have been published in The New Republic, Commentary, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Mark hosts the popular podcast, “The Rabbi’s Husband,” which has a weekly column on Torah on Christian Broadcasting Network and teaches Bible to Evangelical leaders through Eagles Wings. Mark is married to Rabbi Erica Gerson. They and their four children live in New York City.

In The Telling, Mark Gerson brilliantly illuminates some of the big questions from the Haggadah whose answers can define what constitutes a meaningful life. By showing how the Haggadah enables its readers to deploy ancient Jewish wisdom to help answer the most contemporary questions, this book will help your Pesach to be what it can be: a life-guiding event, every year, for anyone who learns enough to give it the opportunity.” — Senator Joseph Lieberman

Here is Gerson’s inimitable voice—passionate, erudite, and most of all deeply in love with Jewish wisdom. Read this book to understand why the Haggadah has endured as a seminal Jewish text and why it remains no less relevant today than when it was first written.” — Yossi Klein Halevi, author of Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor and Like Dreamers

Just when I thought I knew everything about the Haggadah, I opened up Mark’s book, and sure enough, I found myself thinking differently, questioning, and wrestling with big new ideas. I am excited to bring these ideas forward to my family’s Seder and meaningful conversations all year round.” — Sarah Waxman, founder of At The Well