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Review of Covenant & Conversation – Exodus

October 14, 2010, by

Review of Covenant & Conversation: Exodus – The Book of Redemption by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks in the Washington Jewish Week (link): Cheat sheet for rabbis — mind-stretcher for laypeople Covenant & Conversation: A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible, Exodus: The Book of Redemption by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. New Milford, Conn.: Maggid Books, 2010, […]

Parshat Lech Lecha – Rabbi Goldin

October 13, 2010, by

Finished and Unfinished Journeys by Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, author of Unlocking the Torah Text Context: God appears to Avraham and launches Jewish history with the commandment: Lech lecha mei’artzecha…, “Go for yourself from your land, from your birthplace and from the home of your father to the land that I will show you.” Avraham responds […]

Parshat Noach – Rabbi Goldin

October 7, 2010, by

Across the Great Divide: Between Jew and Non-Jew by Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, author of Unlocking the Torah Text Context: A monumental shift in focus takes place as the Torah moves from Parshat Noach to Parshat Lech Lecha. Until this point, the narrative has been universal in scope, as the text has chronicled the world’s creation […]

Parshat Breishit – Rabbi Goldin

October 7, 2010, by

Not Good for Man to Be Alone by Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, author of Unlocking the Torah Text Context: God creates all creatures in pairs – male and female – except for Man. Only after Adam is created in isolation does God declare: “It is not good for Man to be alone. I will create for […]

Review of Fresh Fruit in Tradition

August 31, 2010, by

Simi Peters writes in the journal Tradition (43:2, Summer 2010 – link – registration required): The question of how best to understand aggadot Hazal goes back as far as the Geonic period. While centuries of traditional Jewish scholarship resulted in a large body of halakhic literature and the development of well honed methodologies for halakha […]

Review of Mind of the Mourner

August 24, 2010, by

R. Shalom Berger writes in BookJed about The Mind of the Mourner: Death and tragedy are part-and-parcel of our lives as Jews – both as individuals who will suffer the loss of a loved one at some point in time, and as members of a community that remembers its national losses on set dates on […]