Hosting: Rabbi Marc Katz

The Heart of Loneliness is a finalist at the 2016 National Jewish Book Award.


In simple and unassuming language, Rabbi Marc Katz gives his readers an intense and original interpretation of Hebrew scripture and religious practice. Through an investigation into the loneliness of several Biblical figures, each in his or her own particular dilemmas, the Heart of Loneliness shows how the ancient stories speak to spiritual and psychological pain and isolation and how they can offer inspiration and solace to the contemporary mind. Even God himself is a lonely being in this reading, actually desiring communion with humanity.

The Heart of Loneliness also offers guidance to individuals as well as the community on how to see and relate to loneliness in others. It reads like the mission statement of a thoughtful and wise leader in the making who aims to create a space of compassion. In Rabbi Katz’s temple each and every individual is seen.

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