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Reviewed: R. Bezalel Naor’s “When God Becomes History”

When God Becomes History: Historical Essays of Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook Edited by R. Bezalel Naor Reviewed by Rabbi Elisha Paul, Jewish Press (March 2017) There has rarely been a more maligned figure of such lofty stature as Rav Kook. He was vilified during his lifetime by a small vocal minority of scholars who didn’t appreciate […]

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Rabbi Ari Kahn’s “A Taste of Eden” Reviewed by Rabbi Gil Student

A Taste of Eden: (More) Torah for the Shabbat Table by Rabbi Ari Kahn Reviewed by Rabbi Gil Student, Jewish Action (November 2016) Much of classical rabbinic Torah commentary consists of complex distillation and expansion of midrashic and Talmudic interpretations. Comparing explanations from across the midrashic literature, these commentaries have built vast and intricate theories that shed […]

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What Does Passover Mean to Us?

What Does Passover Mean to Us? A Review of As If We Were There by Rabbi Gidon Rothstein, Jewish Press, March 31 Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik famously said ein kedushah b’li hachanah– there is no holiness without preparation. This is an idea that lies at the heart of Judaism, and really at the heart of everything we […]

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Esther Unmasked – Reviewed by Moshe Isaacson

Esther Unmasked by Mitchell First Reviewed by Moshe Isaacson, March 6, 2016 (Original Post Here) Esther Unmasked by Mitchell First is available here I have been a fan of Mitchell First’s work since I first read one of his posts on the Seforim Blog. Normally I like to fancy myself as a conceptual person, to me […]

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Shadal on Exodus – Reviewed by Rav Gil Student

Shadal on Exodus: Samuel David Luzzatto’s Interpretation of the Book of Shemot Reviewed by Rabbi Gil Student   The publication of Daniel A. Klein’s English translation of Shadal’s commentary on Exodus offers us an opportunity to consider the place on the Orthodox bookshelf for Prof. Shmuel David Luzzatto (Italy, 1800-1865). Shadal lived during the flowering of […]

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Reviewed! Torah from Alexandria: Philo as a Biblical Commentator

Torah and Philo-sophy: A Review of Torah from Alexandria: Philo as a Biblical Commentator Reviewed by Pesach Sommer (original link), January 5, 2016 I’m thinking of a Jewish thinker who showed-some would say, tried to show-that the Torah and Greek philosophy could be reconciled. He lived in Egypt and interacted with the leader of his country. […]

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Reviewed! The Biblical Path to Psychological Maturity

The Biblical Path to Psychological Maturity by Dr. Vivian Skolnick Reviewed by Chava Pinchuck, Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews November/December 2015 Through looking at the weekly portion, the author “attempts to show that the Torah encapsulates a development growth pattern akin to human development. Each parasha is like watching a therapy session unfold.” Focusing on individuals at […]

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“Esther Unmasked” Reviewed by Rabbi Ari Enkin

Esther Unmasked: Solving Eleven Mysteries of the Jewish Holidays and Liturgy by Mitchell First Reviewed by Rabbi Ari Enkin (torahbookreviews.com), November 6, 2015 In his “Esther Unmasked”, Mitchell First presents eleven outstanding essays on common topics of contemporary relevance whose true origins are lesser-known, or otherwise full of misconceptions and dubious folklore. The eleven topics […]

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