The connection between what I experienced as a high school teenager and the adult I am today did not come easy to me.
Often I open Haggadot and find depictions of the Makos or slavery that I find troubling for a young audience.
How the volume made its way from a 17th-century Frankfurt printing press to finding its twin in Haifa is a fascinating story.
It captures the love of the Jewish soul as only Shlomo Hamelech could portray it – and as only Rabbi Miller could explain it.
Erudite and academic, drawing from ancient and modern sources, the book can be discussed at the Shabbos table as well as in kollel.
For those who doubt or entirely disbelieve the phenomenon, this book will change your mind.
Cyrelle Simon lived for over 45 years in West Lafayette, Indiana, where she and her late husband, Purdue biology professor Edward H. Simon, held many volunteer leadership positions in the Jewish community.
In the introduction to the first volume, R. Katz discusses the Torah ideal, arguing that the Torah’s laws are intended to craft the perfect man and are not to be regarded as ends unto themselves.
It’s almost pointless to try to summarize all of the fascinating information that Holzer’s research unearthed.
The special charm of these letters is their immediacy and authenticity of emotion and description.
His phenomenal memory encompassed the Written Torah, the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud, and all the major commentaries.
Who hasn’t experienced how hard it can be to fit in?
Written with flowing language and engaging style, Attar weaves a spell that combines mystery, humor, adventure and Kabbalah in the most magical place in the world, the Old City of erusalem.
There are those who highlight the diversity of these different teachings, seeing each rebbe as teaching a separate path.
Because she is keenly aware that anti-Semitism may start with the Jews but never ends with the Jews, she makes the logical connection between the opprobrium for both America and Israel so commonplace on the political left.
In this narrative of history, it is the third world Palestinians who are victims of the marauding Jews, of course.
Their memoirs capture these experiences through a Torah-faith point of view.
The penultimate section of the book serves as a primer to modern Biblical scholarship and Orthodox responses.
Creativity without clarity is not sufficient for writing. I am eternally thankful to Hashem for his gift to me.