In “Timely Words, Holiday Insights throughout the Year,” Dr. Moshe Sokolow provides timely insights for different periods throughout the year. Although this book provides topical thoughts surrounding holidays, not just the High holidays or the shalosh regalim, the three pilgrimage festivals, but also included are Tu’Bishevat, nittel nacht, and the timing of commencing Ve-Tein Tal. Additionally, topics presented include taamei hamitzvot, interpretation of midrash, and ideas surrounding the land of Israel.
Timely Words offers insights into many of the religious and secular occasions throughout the year that mark the modern American Jewish calendar, starting with the fall (incorporating Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur) and moving, consecutively, through the winter (Thanksgiving, Chanukah, and Tu BiShevat), spring (Purim, Pesach, Yom HaAtzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim), and summer (Shavuot and Tish`a BeAv). – Jewish Link
The insights are drawn from a wide variety of classical, medieval, and modern sources and address subjects that are both traditional and unconventional. For example, the opening fall section includes an extensive study of Jewish angelology (“Angels Dancing on a Silicon Chip”) to address whether God now uses a computer to record our merits and debits, and the concluding summer section explores the question of the rebuilding of the Temple and reinstitution of sacrifices according to three significant modern Jewish personalities: Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaCohen Kook, Rabbi Hayyim Hirschensohn, and Theodore Herzl.