web analytics
August 1, 2015 / 16 Av, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


Seeing The Midbar For The Trees

book-journey-of-faith

Vortelach have taken over. They have proliferated to the point where, for many of us, our understanding and reading of the Chumash is filtered through our favorite vortelach (literally, words, but used to mean a quick, sometimes original idea on a particular pasuk or point in the week’s parshah). We are so enthralled by the latest and newest vort that we seldom leave time or regard for seeing the bigger picture.

The bigger picture – of both the entire Sefer Bamidbar and each parshah therein – is what Journey of Faith is all about.

Clearly a labor of love, Journey of Faith was written by Rabbi Yonasan David Arenias, and it is a grand achievement.

In Journey of Faith, Rabbi Arenias, a writer and educator, has done much. He’s collated the classical commentaries, placing them together, but also letting each breathe on it own so the reader can follow a particular peirush’s approach. (Primarily, the views are presented in a running commentary, which, in the narrative sections of the Chumash, reads in a smooth and engaging style.)

Before each parshah, He’s written an outline of the parshah, a detailed overview, and summaries of the parshah’s chronology and themes.

In the back of the book, he’s included further summaries of each parshah, as well as a full chronology of the entire sefer.

Rabbi Arenias has also provided his own translation to the Chumash.

And before all this get’s started, the introduction to Sefer Bamidbar, which, alone, is almost worth the price of admission, gives the reader an enlightening perspective on the generation of Jews who went through the wilderness, on Hashem’s providence, and on the sefer’s major themes.

Though it contains all these pieces, the book is laid out clearly; one element does not hobble another. Plus Rabbi Arenias has a gift for clear and engaging writing.

Sefer Bamidbar is beginning in a couple of weeks. With Journey of Faith in front of you during the shul’s leining, or at home on a long Shabbos afternoon, you’ll enjoy worthy insights and see the entire sefer anew.

More information about the book may be found at www.menorah-books.com, and it may be purchased there and at many Jewish bookstores.

About the Author: Shlomo Greenwald is associate editor of The Jewish Press.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Seeing The Midbar For The Trees”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Israeli soldiers seen praying in the compound of Joseph's Tomb in the Samaria city of Nablus early in November 2009.  Believed to be the final resting place of the Biblical patriach, Joseph's Tomb has seen fierce Israeli-Palestinian. (FILE)
Arab Terrorists Attempt to Torch Joseph’s Tomb
Latest Sections Stories

We studied his seforim together, we listened to famous cantorial masters and we spoke of his illustrious yichus, his pedigree, dating back to the famous commentator, Rashi.

Singer-Saul-Jay-logo-NEW

Jews who were considered, but not ultimately selected, include Woody Allen, Saul Bellow, David Ben-Gurion, Marc Chagall, Anne Frank, and Barbra Streisand.

Personally I wish that I had a mother like my wife.

What’s the difference between the first and second ten-year-old?

What makes this diary so historically significant is that it is not just the private memoir of Dr. Seidman. Rather, it is a reflection of the suffering of Klal Yisrael at that time.

Rabbi Lau is a world class speaker. When he relates stories, even concentration camp stories, the audience is mesmerized. As we would soon discover, he is in the movie as well.

Each essay, some adapted from lectures Furst prepared for live audiences, begins with several basic questions around a key topic.

For the last several years, four Jewish schools in the Baltimore Jewish community have been expelling students who have not received their vaccinations.

“We can’t wait for session II to begin” said camp director Mrs. Judy Neufeld.

More Articles from Shlomo Greenwald

Whether the rest of us admit it or not, covers draw our attentions and create the initial impressions we have with books.

Rabbi Steven Burg

Every Jew has their own deeply personal reasons for becoming Torah observant. We have no right to judge any Jew’s motivation. Our job is just to help guide them on the path to the Torah.

We have to respect religion. We have to respect people’s freedom of religion; it’s one of the guarantees in our Bill of Rights.

Creativity without clarity is not sufficient for writing. I am eternally thankful to Hashem for his gift to me.

Israel’s morality is underscored by its unprecedented restraint and care for loss of life.

With Journey of Faith in front of you during the shul’s leining, or at home on a long Shabbos afternoon, you’ll enjoy worthy insights and see the entire sefer anew.

How political movements gain footholds remains one of the great true-life mysteries.

Filling two vacuums at once – one of Orthodox women taking a more public role and a second of Modern Orthodox Jews demonstrating the merits of religious Jewish practice – Allison Josephs has transformed her sweet and engaging webisodes and blog into a larger force. Jew in the City is now a franchise.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/books/book-reviews/seeing-the-midbar-for-the-trees/2014/05/08/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: