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Title: The Haftara Handbook: Lessons from the Prophets for the Contemporary Jew
Author: Rabbi Jonathan Shooter
Publisher: Devora Publishing
This 381-page paperback belongs in Jewish homes and libraries. It would make a nice textbook for classrooms, too. Rabbi Jonathan Shooter’s skill at interpreting archaic language, then presenting it in contemporary parlance, is a gift from Heaven.
Each chapter-by-chapter presentation follows the gold standard for teaching any sort of literature: The SQ3R model (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review). Chapter headings condense a given haftara’s topic into simple declarative thought (a survey of the content). Shooter then asks readers “What’s the haftara about?” and replies with a neat synopsis of the material. He follows up by asking “What’s the connection to the present parsha?” or “What’s the connection to the present chag/date,” then providing detailed explanations from the haftara without boring you into a deep sleep.
Consider the passage about Parshat Para and its haftara, Yechezkel 36:16-38. A navi whose points can bring your blood pressure to a boil while stifling the most earnest intellectual efforts, Yechezkel’s message made easy is a Shooter shoe-in. Read pages 332-335 to read, recite and review the details about Parshat Vayechi’s “Who’s dead baby was it?” case. King Solomon’s insight at planning the exposure of the fake “mother” claiming her dead baby, and understanding how it had died, goes deeper than you’d first think. Shooter demonstrates more skill at sharing his insights when he writes about the haftara of Parshat Vayera, pinpointing the source for Rav Dessler’s advice to mistakenly believing that they can predict the direction of financial markets.
If you want to better understand why an increasingly large world condemnation of Israel and the Jews is dominating headlines and messing up lives, read “Dirty Jew” on pages 143-146. The haftara of Kedoshim holds relevant life lessons. Rabbi Shooter will share them and leave your thinking hard about how you’re living your Jewish life.
Always demonstrating how seemingly outdated haftarot are ever-relevant to our lives, Shooter shares his dead-on analyses in easily understood sentences throughout his book. There’s more value to his otherwise lightweight paperback. Read The Haftara Handbook: Lessons from the Prophets for the Contemporary Jew. You’ll be glad you did.
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Title: The Kosher Grapevine: Exploring the World of Wine
Author: Irving Langer
Breathe deeply. You’ll need maximum physical and spiritual power to absorb the uplifting lessons in this book. Page 249 explains why some Jews are praised as “fish on dry land,” a phrase that describes Moshe Rabeinu. Am Yisrael began to appreciate his depth of character at kriat Yam Suf, realizing that “he lived in the revealed world as though he were in the concealed world.”
Author Irving Langer provides his own look at wine-making as well as the nature of the storage barrels used to age wines for taste perfection. He intersperses the book with Jewish historical facts and figures, a few jokes and photographs, and advice on how to pair wines with specific foods.
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Title: The Koren Ethiopian Haggada Journey to Freedom: Celebrating Ethiopian Jewish History, Traditions & Customs
Editor: Rabbi Menachem Waldman
Publisher: Koren Publishing
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