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A Fine Blend of Scholarly & Popular Jewish Books

“a work of remarkable scientific and theological understanding”

Between the Quotation Marks Defining the Moment by Rabbi Dr. David Shabtai Reviewed by Medical Ethics & Me This review was originally published on the blog medicalethicsandme.org on November 12, 2013. The term brain death appears without quotation marks in the subtitle of “Defining the Moment” (Shoresh Press [distributed by Kodesh Press]), a work of […]

“a wealth of information presented in a clear and interested manner”

A Synagogue Companion by Rabbi Hayyim Angel Reviewed by Israel Drazin Rabbi Hayyim Angel is a scholar who writes very readable, interesting, and informative books. He presents “a vision of the Torah that is authentic, passionate, reasonable, and embracing of people of all backgrounds.” He exposes the plain meaning of biblical texts. He raises thought-provoking […]

“Solution to the Shidduch Crisis”

End The Madness by Rabbi Chananya Weissman Reviewed by Rabbi Aaron Reichel Solution to the Shidduch Crisis – Ending the Madness… and a New Beginning Reviewed by Rabbi Aaron I. Reichel, Esq. (Review originally published March 14, 2014, in The Jewish Connection.) A blueprint for solving the shidduch crisis was implemented to a limited extent during much of the first […]

“look deeply into the message of Psalm 23”

A Shepherd’s Song by Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel Reviewed by Fred Reiss, Ed.D., May 1, 2014 WINCHESTER, California — Psalm 23 is arguably the most well known of the one hundred fifty psalms. Its opening line, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want” presents a powerful image of the most awesome entity in […]

“a deeply satisfying read”

A Shepherd’s Song by Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel Reviewed by Jenna Black, San Diego State University, May 24, 2014 In reviewing Rabbi Michael Samuel’s inspiring and deeply spiritual book, I first want to establish my personal spiritual connection to his theme, the 23rd Psalm. The first two passages from the Bible that my devout Christian grandmother […]

“Reading about the Jewish participation in the American Revolution and the roles of Mordecai and Sheftall Sheftall stirred my soul”

The Rebel of Savannah by Hayim Tawil, Chananya Weissman, and Mazal Mizrahi Excerpt from Rabbi Saul Jacob Rubin, “Rebel Kvell,” Savannah Jewish News, June 2014, p. 5 The Savannah Jewish community is unique on many levels. Our history attracts not only visitors by the thousands, but notable novelists and authors as well. In the 1970s, Pulitzer […]

An “astonishingly simple yet profound book”

A Synagogue Companion by Rabbi Hayyim Angel Reviewed by Rabbi Gil Student Jewish Action: The Magazine of the Orthodox Union 74:4 (Summer 2014), pp. 83-84 Rabbi Hayyim Angel is a wonderfully creative teacher of Tanach who has attempted something very daring in his latest book. The multiple books he has published in the past explore complex themes across […]

“Readers will be surprised, delighted, and enlightened”

Peshat Isn’t So Simple by Rabbi Hayyim Angel Reviewed by Rabbi Dr. Israel Drazin, July 1, 2014 For over two millennia most Jewish Bible commentators did not explain the Bible’s plain meaning, called “peshat” in Hebrew, but used the biblical verses and events as sources for homiletical lessons. Some exceptions existed, such as the writings […]

Seek the Shepherd When He Is Near

Seek the Shepherd When He Is Near: A Book Review for Elul Reviewed on Olam Haemet September 7, 2014 Rabbi Michael L. Samuel’s new book, A Shepherd’s Song: Psalm 23 and the Shepherd Metaphor in Jewish Thought, has a unique application to the weeks approaching Rosh Hashanah. The Rabbis of the Talmud are fond of quoting, […]

“Philo is one of the great thinkers of the ancient world, he need no longer remain an enigma to biblical interpreters”

Torah from Alexandria: Philo as a Biblical Commentator Edited by Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel Reviewed by Dr. Marvin R. Wilson About two decades before the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, another Jew, Philo of Alexandria, was born and destined to become the most prolific writer of Hellenistic Judaism. Philo’s thought is primarily centered on Scripture […]

“Recommended for anyone who wants to delve into a deeper understanding of the nature and meaning of prayer”

A Shepherd’s Song: Psalm 23 and the Shepherd Metaphor in Jewish Thought by Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel Reviewed by Association of Jewish Libraries, November/December 2014 The image of the shepherd is a recurring theme in sacred Jewish texts. Especially familiar to Jews and Christians is the 23rd Psalm, the main theme of this book, which […]

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