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I Kings: Torn in Two

I Kings: Torn in Two

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The Book of Kings narrates the vivid and turbulent history of Israel and its monarchs. In I Kings: Torn in Two, master educator Alex Israel uncovers the messages hidden between the lines of the biblical text and draws rich and indelible portraits of its great personalities. Revealing a narrative of political upheaval, empire building, religious and cultural struggle, national fracture, war and peace, I Kings: Torn in Two depicts the titanic clashes between king and prophet and the underlying conflicts that can split apart a society. Using traditional commentaries and modern literary techniques, the author offers a dynamic dialogue between the biblical text and its interpretations. The result is a compelling work of contemporary biblical scholarship that addresses the central themes of the Book of Kings in a wider historical, political and religious perspective.
KINGS 2 IN A WHIRLWIND

II Kings: In a Whirlwind

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The Book of Kings narrates the turbulent history of Israel from the Temple's construction until its destruction and the national exile. In II Kings: In a Whirlwind, Bible educator Alex Israel brings the personalities, events, and messages of the Second Book of Kings to life. The reader will encounter Elisha, the extraordinary prophet and miracle maker, the bloody mutiny of Jehu, the terrible fall of Samaria and the exile of the Ten Tribes, the nail-biting tension faced by King Hezekiah as he withstands the great Assyrian siege of Jerusalem, the devastating idolatry of Manasseh, and the religious revolution of King Josiah. Using traditional and modern commentary, literary analysis, archaeology, and Near-Eastern history, this insightful volume leads the reader through the complex lines of the biblical narrative in an enthralling and readable commentary.

The Book of Kings narrates the turbulent history of Israel from the Temple's construction until its destruction and the national exile. In II Kings: In a Whirlwind, Bible educator Alex Israel brings the personalities, events, and messages of the Second Book of Kings to life. The reader will encounter Elisha, the extraordinary prophet and miracle maker, the bloody mutiny of Jehu, the terrible fall of Samaria and the exile of the Ten Tribes, the nail-biting tension faced by King Hezekiah as he withstands the great Assyrian siege of Jerusalem, the devastating idolatry of Manasseh, and the religious revolution of King Josiah. Using traditional and modern commentary, literary analysis, archaeology, and Near-Eastern history, this insightful volume leads the reader through the complex lines of the biblical narrative in an enthralling and readable commentary.

Imrah Tzerufah- Yoma

Imra Tzerufa - Yoma

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In The Begining

In The Begining

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In the Beginning: Discourses on Chasidic Thought is a journey through the Book of Genesis by one of the most respected thinkers of our generation. Drawing on the teachings of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the founding father of Chabad chassidut, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz takes readers deep into the mysteries of Creation. As he explores the stories of the foundational book of the Torah, Rabbi Steinsaltz addresses some of the most profound philosophical questions that humanity has grappled with throughout the ages: life and death, good and evil, chaos and order, truth, faith, and prayer. Like his many previous works, In the Beginning offers a profound new understanding of the words of the Torah.
Isaiah and His Contemporaries

Isaiah and His Contemporaries

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Isaiah is the most impactful book of the Hebrew Prophets on account of its essential message, its powerful, elegant, and intense poetry, and the major events in Jewish history it depicts. Isaiah and His Contemporaries turns the book into something all readers – from students to scholars – can understand and appreciate.
Isaiah and His Contemporaries skillfully unpacks the complexity of the Biblical Isaiah and opens it to modern readers by providing an analysis of the poetic flourishes and presentation styles of Isaiah, contextualizing the precise setting of each prophecy within its historical environment, explaining the meaning of obscure Hebrew words, and more importantly highlighting the ever-relevant messages of Isaiah and his contemporary prophets. Special attention is also given to the enduring role Isaiah plays in classical and modern Jewish philosophy, as well as its use in Jewish prayer and the passages read in synagogue as part of the haftaroth cycle.
Isaiah and his Contemporaries captures just over a century of Jewish history in the First Temple period, and analyzes the texts written at the time – Isaiah, Hoshea, Micah, Amos and Jonah, along with parallel parts of Kings and Chronicles. It is a vital tool for all Bible students of all levels.

Rabbi Dr. Yaakov Jaffe is the Rabbi of the Maimonides Kehillah in Brookline, Massachusetts and Director of the Tanach program in the Maimonides School, where he has taught 
Sefer Yeshayahu for more than a decade. Rabbi Jaffe’s Doctorate and Ordination is from Yeshiva University, from which he holds degrees in Bible, Jewish Education, Jewish History, and where he also studied in the Wexner Kollel Elyon in advanced Talmudic Studies. He studied in Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel, and holds a degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Rabbi Jaffe's has published more than two dozen scholarly articles on Tanach, Jewish Philosophy and Hebrew poetry have been published in Jewish Bible Quarterly,Hakirah, Tradition, and the Lehrhaus blog. He has also served as the Menahel of the Boston Rabbinical court and the director of the United States Bible Contest, the Chidon Ha-Tanach.

Isaiah: Prophet of Righteousness and Justice

Isaiah: Prophet of Righteousness and Justice

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Many consider Isaiah to be the prophet of world peace, a utopian visionary who transcends the boundaries of political reality and inhabits the realm of ideal cosmic harmony. As the herald of peace, he has become the most influential among the Hebrew prophets; his vision of the End of Days is among the most celebrated of biblical passages: "And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift sword against nation, nor shall they learn war any more" (2:4).

Yet there is another dimension to Isaiah - a political thinker who spent decades around the royal palace in Jerusalem, promoting justice and charity, speaking truth to power, struggling to avert disaster. Reading his prophecies in their historical context, Isaiah: Prophet of Righteousness and Justice allows us to see beyond the surface. By recapturing the prophet's voice and highlighting the dilemmas faced by the rulers he challenged, this work presents Isaiah's story in all its vitality and drama.

Jeremiah: The Fate of a Prophet (Maggid Studies in Tanakh)

Jeremiah: The Fate of a Prophet (Maggid Studies in Tanakh)

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In Jeremiah: The Fate of a Prophet, Rabbi Dr. Binyamin Lau breaks down the Book of Jeremiah, rearranging its chapters according to historical events and the chronology of the prophet's life. This groundbreaking reconstruction turns the biblical narrative from a collection of disjointed prophecies into a thrilling account of warring empires and nationalistic struggle, social decay and political intrigue, soaring hope and crushing despair.
JPS B'Nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary

JPS B'Nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary

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For too many Jewish young people, bar/bat mitzvah has been the beginning of the end of their Jewish journeys. When students perceive the Torah as incomprehensible or irrelevant, many form the false impression that Judaism has nothing to say to them.

Enter the game-changer: the JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary shows teens in their own language how Torah addresses the issues in their world. The conversational tone is inviting and dignified, concise and substantial, direct and informative. The narrative summaries, "big" ideas, model divrei Torah, haftarot commentaries, and discussion questions will engage teens in studying the Torah and haftarot, in writing divrei Torah, and in continuing to learn Torah throughout their lives--making it the book every rabbi, cantor, parent, and tutor will also want to have.

Jewish learning--for young people and adults--will never be the same.

Weekly portion pamphlets are now available for every parasha of The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary!

For too many Jewish young people, bar/bat mitzvah has been the beginning of the end of their Jewish journeys. When students perceive the Torah as incomprehensible or irrelevant, many form the false impression that Judaism has nothing to say to them.

Enter the game-changer: the JPS B’nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary shows teens in their own language how Torah addresses the issues in their world. The conversational tone is inviting and dignified, concise and substantial, direct and informative. The narrative summaries, “big” ideas, model divrei Torahhaftarot commentaries, and discussion questions will engage teens in studying the Torah and haftarot, in writing divrei Torah, and in continuing to learn Torah throughout their lives—making it the book every rabbi, cantor, parent, and tutor will also want to have.

Jewish learning—for young people and adults—will never be the same. 

Judaism Reclaimed Philosophy And Theology In The Torah

Judaism Reclaimed Philosophy And Theology In The Torah

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Discussions in this unique work include: How is our understanding of Torah guided by philosophy? Can Jewish tradition combat Bible criticism? Why does God permit evil? Did Rabbi Akiva reject the Torah’s death penalty? Rabbinic law vs. the spirit of halachah Rambam’s Judaism and its relevance in a post-Aristotelian world In a scholarly though highly readable manner, Judaism Reclaimed examines a range of theological and philosophical discussions emerging from the Torah. Inspired by the approaches of Rambam, Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, and other leading Jewish thinkers, the author analyzes both narrative and halachic areas of the Torah’s teachings. Drawing on a wide range of sources, he examines a number of challenges posed to Orthodox Judaism from the halls of academia and addresses them from the perspective of Jewish tradition. About the Author: Rabbi Shmuel Phillips has spent almost two decades studying in yeshiva and kollel. During this time, he has also completed a law degree from the University of London.

Judaism's Life Changing Ideas

Judaism's Life Changing Ideas

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What is Judaism? A religion? A faith? A way of life? A set of beliefs? A collection of commands? A culture? A civilization? It is all these, but it is emphatically something more. It is a way of thinking about life, a constellation of ideas. One might think that the ideas Judaism introduced into the world have become part of the common intellectual heritage of humankind, at least of the West. Yet this is not the case. Some of them have been lost over time; others the West never fully understood. Yet these ideas remain as important as ever before, and perhaps even more so. In this inspiring work, Rabbi Sacks introduces his readers to one Life-Changing Idea from each of the weekly parashot.
JUDGES: THE PERILS OF PASSION

Judges: The Perils of Possession

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In Judges: The Perils of Possession, Rabbi Michael Hattin offers a highly readable introduction to the biblical book of Judges that combines imaginative sweep with analytic depth. Utilizing literary techniques, ancient and modern commentaries, as well as current academic research, Hattin draws us into the book's epic accounts of mighty leaders and their exploits, stories that both shock and inspire. As each successive judge falls farther from the ideal of good governance, an urgent question takes shape: How can the downward spiral be halted?

Kedushas Levi – Bereishis

Kedushas Levi – Bereishis

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One the greatest Chassidic classics on the Torah, Kedushas Levi, is finally available in a translated and elucidated edition.

Rav Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev is renowned as the defender and lover of the Jewish people, but he was much more. He was a superior Torah scholar, one of the earliest founding Chassidic masters, and the author of a phenomenal commentary on the Torah. Rav Levi Yitzchok’s Kedushas Levi is profound, incisive, and stimulating. It has been treasured and studied by scholars and gedolim for more than two centuries. And now, this magnificent edition brings Kedushas Levi to English readers in all its grandeur.

Kedushas Levi –3 Volume Slipcased Set

Kedushas Levi –3 Volume Slipcased Set

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The Classic Work by the Chassidic Master Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Of Berditchev Translated and Elucidated

Rav Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev is renowned as the defender and lover of the Jewish people, but he was much more. He was a superior Torah scholar, one of the earliest founding Chassidic masters, and the author of a phenomenal commentary on the Torah. Rav Levi Yitzchok’s Kedushas Levi is profound, incisive, and stimulating. It has been treasured and studied by scholars and gedolim for more than two centuries. And now, this magnificent edition brings Kedushas Levi to English readers in all its grandeur.

Kedushas Levi –Shemos

Kedushas Levi –Shemos

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One the greatest Chassidic classics on the Torah, Kedushas Levi, is finally available in a translated and elucidated edition.

Rav Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev is renowned as the defender and lover of the Jewish people, but he was much more. He was a superior Torah scholar, one of the earliest founding Chassidic masters, and the author of a phenomenal commentary on the Torah. Rav Levi Yitzchok’s Kedushas Levi is profound, incisive, and stimulating. It has been treasured and studied by scholars and gedolim for more than two centuries. And now, this magnificent edition brings Kedushas Levi to English readers in all its grandeur.

Kedushas Levi –Vayikra / Bamidbar / Devarim

Kedushas Levi –Vayikra / Bamidbar / Devarim

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One the greatest Chassidic classics on the Torah, Kedushas Levi, is finally available in a translated and elucidated edition.

Rav Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev is renowned as the defender and lover of the Jewish people, but he was much more. He was a superior Torah scholar, one of the earliest founding Chassidic masters, and the author of a phenomenal commentary on the Torah. Rav Levi Yitzchok’s Kedushas Levi is profound, incisive, and stimulating. It has been treasured and studied by scholars and gedolim for more than two centuries. And now, this magnificent edition brings Kedushas Levi to English readers in all its grandeur.

KI MITZION AL HATORAH- BER/SHM

Ki Mitzion Al Hatorah - Bereishis Shemos

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A-S Midrash Rabbah Eichah

Kleinman Edition Midrash Rabbah : Megillas Eichah

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This volume is dedicated by The Rosedale and Wilheim Families. If you want to unlock the spiritual and ethical treasures of Jewish thought... If you want to share the insights and brilliance of Midrashic commentators, both classic and contemporary... If you want to discover the depth and beauty of the Midrash... Now is the time to begin. A monumental and magnificent new Torah project: The Kleinman Edition Midrash Rabbah Like the Talmud, the Midrash is part of the Oral Law. The Midrash delves into the spiritual essence of the revealed Torah. It adds many missing details of the Torah's narrative, and provides the ethical tradition that was passed down orally from generation to generation. Midrash Rabbah is the best known and most widely studied of all the Midrashic works. The Kleinman Edition Midrash Rabbah is a 16-volume project covering all of Midrash Rabbah, on the entire Chumash and the Five Megillahs. The Kleinman Edition Midrash Rabbah features: The Hebrew text, newly typeset, on pages facing the English translation and commentary Many classic Hebrew commentaries, including Rashi, Matnos Kehunah, Eitz Yosef, and Maharzu, plus the out-of-print classic Eshed HaNechalim -- All newly typeset on the Hebrew page ArtScroll/Mesorah's acclaimed phrase-by-phrase translation and elucidation of the Midrash text, created by an international team of Torah scholars for optimum understanding of the Midrash Explanatory footnotes to help clarify difficult passages and concepts A special "Insights" section that amplifies or complements our elucidated text and notes and at times brings a contemporary focus to the timeless words of the Midrash "Insights": Midrashic teachings enriching our contemporary understanding The Midrash has been the source of Jewish ethical and spiritual teachings for millennia, and has been mined for its treasures particularly by the masters of Mussar and Chassidic thought. In the unique "Insights" feature, we see the Midrash through the eyes of classic early authorities as well as more contemporary giants of Torah thought such as Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, the Sefas Emes, and Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler, and many others.

KLI YAKAR TORAH 2V

Kli Yakar, Shemos vol. 2, Yisro-Pikudei

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This second volume is a continuation of Elihu Levine's much heralded and meticulous English rendering of Kli Yakar, with clear explanations and footnotes that make this brilliant classic Torah commentary, written over four hundred years ago by Rav Shlomo Efraim of Luntshits, accessible for today's generation. Includes Chumash, Rashi, and Kli Yakar in the original Hebrew. Volume 2 includes the following parashiyos in Sefer Shemos: Yisro, Mishpatim, Terumah, Tetzaveh, Ki Sissa, Vayakhel, and Pikudei.

Kohelet: A Map to Eden: An Intertextual Journey

Kohelet: A Map to Eden: An Intertextual Journey

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Of the five megillot in the Tanakh, only Kohelet does not describe a historical event or tell a personal story. Rather, it relates life lessons, with frequent confusing or even conflicting messages. This makes it one of the most challenging biblical books to comprehend. Yet, if the Sages included it in the biblical canon, it must have a lesson for all generations. We traditionally read Kohelet every Sukkot. Can we return home, this year, with an understanding of its message? In this groundbreaking work, David Curwin draws from traditional sources and modern scholarship to take us on an eye-opening journey through Kohelet and other books of the Tanakh. Starting with a look at the life of King Shlomo, whose successes and failures are reflected in the teachings of Kohelet, the author then presents linguistic and thematic evidence suggesting strong parallels between the life of Adam and that of Shlomo, and between the book of Kohelet and the opening chapters of Bereshit.
Koren Tanach Land of Israel-Exodus

Koren Tanach of the Land of Israel-Exodus

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The Koren Tanakh of the Land of Israel offers an innovative and refreshing approach to the Hebrew Bible. By fusing extraordinary findings by modern scholars on the ancient Near East with the original Hebrew text and a brand new English translation by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the Koren Tanakh of the Land of Israel clarifies and explains the Biblical narrative, laws, events and prophecies in context with the milieu in which it took place.

The inaugural work in this multi-volume series is dedicated to the book of Shemot (Exodus). It features stunning visuals of ancient civilizations including artifacts, archeological excavations, inscriptions and maps, along with brief articles on Egyptology, geography, biblical botany, language, geography, and more. By showcasing material that was unknown to previous generations of Torah scholars, The Koren Tanakh of the Land of Israel opens a new view into the revolutionary impact of the Tanakh, published for the first time in English.

Koren Tanakh Land of Israel-Leviticus

Koren Tanakh Land of Israel-Leviticus

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Koren Tanakh Land of Israel-Numbers

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The Koren Tanakh of the Land of Israel: Samuel

Koren Tanakh Land of Israel: Samuel

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The Koren Tanakh of the Land of Israel offers an innovative and refreshing approach to the Hebrew Bible. By fusing extraordinary findings by modern scholars on the ancient Near East with the original Hebrew text and a brand new English translation. The Koren Tanakh of the Land of Israel clarifies and explains the Biblical narrative, laws, events, and prophecies in context with the milieu in which it took place. It features stunning visuals of ancient civilizations including artifacts, archeological excavations, inscriptions, and maps, along with brief articles on Egyptology, geography, biblical botany, language, geography, and more. By showcasing material that was unknown to previous generations of Torah scholars, The Koren Tanakh of the Land of Israel opens a new view into the revolutionary impact of the Tanakh, published for the first time in English.

The Koren Tanakh of the Land of Israel offers an innovative and refreshing approach to the Hebrew Bible. By fusing extraordinary findings by modern scholars on the ancient Near East with the original Hebrew text and a brand new English translation. The Koren Tanakh of the Land of Israel clarifies and explains the Biblical narrative, laws, events, and prophecies in context with the milieu in which it took place.

It features stunning visuals of ancient civilizations including artifacts, archeological excavations, inscriptions, and maps, along with brief articles on Egyptology, geography, biblical botany, language, geography, and more. By showcasing material that was unknown to previous generations of Torah scholars, The Koren Tanakh of the Land of Israel opens a new view into the revolutionary impact of the Tanakh, published for the first time in English.

Lamentations: Faith in a Turbulent World

Lamentations: Faith in a Turbulent World

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How do people progress from despair to hope? How does one maintain faith in God's justice in a world that seems cruel and unfair? What is the nature of Israel's culpability and to what degree does sinfulness factor in Israel's calamities? What is the nation's relationship to its land, to Jerusalem, and to the outside world? Artfully combining traditional and academic scholarship, Dr. Yael Ziegler weaves together close readings of the book of Lamentations (Eikha) with an integrated reading of each chapter and examinations of larger themes. To the reader's surprise, Lamentations emerges as a coherent discourse on the way that people - as individuals and as nations - contend with adversity. Independent essays at the beginning and end of the book, as well as in appendices at the conclusion of the chapters, cover topics such as Eikha's historical background, poetic techniques, theology, structure, and linguistic and thematic connections to other biblical books, most notably the chapters of consolation in Isaiah. Wide-ranging biblical and religious themes emerge, a veritable journey through the Bible's most profound questions. Interweaving careful literary analysis with attention to religious themes, Lamentations: Faith in a Turbulent World illustrates that Eikha is a testimony to the resilient faith of humans, who can persevere through adversity, emerging with a more meaningful relationship with God, with the nation, and with themselves.

Last Words of Moses

Last Words of Moses

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The book of Deuteronomy is the fifth and final book of the Torah, and the Torah - according to Jewish tradition - is divine. The book of Deuteronomy, however, presents itself as a human document. Most of the book is comprised of three addresses which complement one another, all delivered by Moses. Moses speaks in first person. He tells the nation its story through the lens of his own personal perspective. Up until the book of Deuteronomy, Moses is a hero of the Torah. In the final book, he becomes a narrator.