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Michael Samuel

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In an age of great spiritual disconnection and alienation from the deepest aspects of  our souls, Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel’s A Shepherd’s Song: Psalm 23 and the Shepherd Metaphor in Jewish Thought takes us on a spiritual journey through the luminous imagery of the shepherd archetype. The transformative power and message intimated by the shepherd metaphor and its […]

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The intellectual fecundity present in Philo’s era was remarkable. He lived at one of the most creative times, as two of the greatest traditions—Semitic and Greek—were continuing to winnow the useful insights of their counterpart’s teachings, while they refined their own modes of thought and religious expression. This process had commenced three centuries earlier, when […]

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Rabbi Samuel has done an outstanding service, both to Philo and to modern readers. In Torah from Alexandria, Philo’s ancient Torah commentary becomes readable and meaningful, exciting and contemporary – Rabbi Ari D. Kahn, Bar-Ilan University The second volume of Torah from Alexandria demonstrates Philo’s full spectrum as a Jewish thinker, where he serves as a story-teller […]

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The third volume of Torah from Alexandria sets on display how Philo interpreted the role of the Temple, offerings, festivals, dietary practices, marital laws, and laws of purity. While Philo always remains firmly committed to the importance of the actual religious act, he consistently derives ethical lessons from these ritual practices, thus putting him alongside […]

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