Martin Vesole, former president of Temple Menorah in Chicago, explores Judaism and reform in the 21st century, among other things, in his new book, “Sleeping Truth.”
In the book, Rabbi Hertzel is being held for a murder he did not commit -- a charge that may have something to do with the fact that he found an ancient scroll in a cave outside of Nazareth describing Jesus as a mere human. Are the rich and powerful out to get him? Will God help save him?
“Sleeping Truth” explores Judaism and reform in the 21st century in a story centering on the fictional scroll, called the Book of Emet, which relates the story of Jesus from the point of view of his best friend from childhood. A panel of experts is convened to discuss and compare the scroll with the New Testament. The panel includes a gay Unitarian minister, a divorced male rabbi, an unhappily married female televangelist and an elderly knighted British historian. The plot unfolds with a forbidden love story, a vast right-wing conspiracy, a shocking murder and a magical ending.
The book outlines Judaism and reform in the 21st century and recommends adding New Age ideas to Jewish theology to bring it out of the Middle Ages and into the 21st century. For instance, the notions that God is not all-powerful and that reincarnation makes humans increasingly more helpful to God in making the universe a better place.
“In some ways it is a book that teaches other points of view and ideas to learn from…” writes Amazon reviewer PattysPointofView, who gave it five stars. “I would recommend this book for anyone looking for answers, or a clearer understanding of the religious beliefs of others, all infused around a love story and a bogus murder trial. A great read!”