web analytics
April 20, 2014 / 20 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance

Posts Tagged ‘Rabbi Jonathan Shooter’

Title: The Haftara Handbook: Lessons from the Prophets for the Contemporary Jew

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

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   Always demonstrating how seemingly outdated haftarot are ever-relevant to our lives, Shooter shares his dead-on analyses in easily understood sentences throughout his book.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.

 

   Yocheved Golani is the author of E-book “It’s MY Crisis! And I’ll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge”  (booklocker.com/books/4244.html).

Title: The Spirit of the Seasons: Insights into the Yomim Tovim

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Title: The Spirit of the Seasons: Insights into the Yomim Tovim

Author: Rabbi Jonathan Shooter

Publisher: Feldheim

 

 

   Jews around the world are reflecting on the Jewish New Year season that recently passed. It seems that everybody is struggling with their resolutions to be better and to do better. All of us are worrying about the daunting lead-up to life’s next chapter: Thanksgiving season. Xmas parties. Awkward situations, she’elot that make you blush to ask them. Bills. More bills. Tempers. Fourth quarter reports. Bosses cut losses by firing staff. Fear. Panic. You wonder what was gained by going through the Yamim Noraim. I have good news for you: The Spirit of the Seasons by Rabbi Jonathan Shooter can show you insights into the Yamim Tovim to soothe your soul and psyche.

 

   The 287-page hardcover graciously takes you through the Jewish year with thoughtful reflections and information. Shooter lets us listen in on the Chafetz Chaim’s resonating remark about self-sacrifice in the Kislev chapter. Ponder the tragedy of Asarah B’Tevet when you read what Reb Nachum Chernobler said about tikkun chatzot and its deeper meaning (page 138). Add all that to the rest of this fascinating read to become a more informed Jew who keeps up with the class that HaKadosh Baruch Hu began 5771 years ago.

 

   The Spirit of the Seasons: Insights into the Yomim Tovim belongs in your hands and on your reading table.

 

   Yocheved Golani is the author of the highly acclaimed E-book, “It’s MY Crisis! And I’ll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge”  (www.booklocker.com/books/4244.html).

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/books/book-reviews/title-the-spirit-of-the-seasons-insights-into-the-yomim-tovim/2010/11/24/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: