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SHORT VORT

Short Vort : The book!

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Whether you are looking for something meaningful on the Parsha, an uplifting thought for Yom Tov, or have been asked to speak at a Simcha – “Short Vort” is the book for you! With over 140 incredible short vorts packed with stories and valuable life messages, you will never be lost for something inspiring to say. Rabbi Moshe Kormornick is a popular writer whose words are enjoyed by thousands of readers every week.

Sifrei Yesod- Steimatzky

Sifrei Yesod

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Song at the Sea According to Rashi

Song at the Sea According to Rashi

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The Song at the Sea According to Rashi by Boruch Yonah Lipton sefer speaks on Shirat HaYam with Rashi and Targum Onkelos and gives comments also on the Aramaic. Many details and insights on Shirat HaYam when am yisrael was passing through the Yam Suf with the Egyptians behind them. Read and sing along the Song of Redemption, Freedom and Love for Hashem in Shirat HaYam.

Soul of Savannah

Soul of Savannah

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Speaking Torah Vol. 1: Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus

Speaking Torah Vol. 1: Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus

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The most powerful Hasidic teachings made accessible--from some of the world's preeminent authorities on Jewish thought and spirituality.

"The teachings of Torah, from beginning to end, are read here as a path toward liberation, a way of uplifting your soul and allowing it to journey homeward, back to its Source in the oneness of all being. Or, even better, to discover that oneness right here, in a loving but transformative embrace of both world and self."
--from "To the Reader"

While Hasidic tales have become widely known to modern audiences, the profound spiritual teachings that stand at the very heart of Hasidism have remained a closed book for all except scholars. This fascinating selection--presented in two volumes following the weekly Torah reading and the holiday cycle, and featured in English and Hebrew--makes the teachings accessible in an extraordinary way.

Volume 1 covers Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus, and includes a history of early Hasidism and a summary of central religious teachings of the Maggid's school. Volume 2 covers Numbers and Deuteronomy and the holiday cycle, and includes brief biographies of the Hasidic figures. Each teaching is presented with a fresh translation and contemporary commentary that builds a bridge between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries. And each teaching concludes with a dynamic round-table discussion between distinguished Jewish scholar Arthur Green and his closest students--the editors of this volume. They highlight the wisdom that is most meaningful for them, thus serving as a contemporary circle's reflections on the original mystical circle of master and disciples who created these teachings.

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SPIRIT OF NOBILITY: BER/SHM

Spirit of Nobility: Sermons on the Weekly Torah Portion: Genesis and Exodu

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A renowned authority on Jewish business ethics, Rabbi Dr. Aaron Levine, of blessed memory, was also a distinguished pulpit rabbi. In his sermons he would urge his congregants to seize nobility, to leap toward greater achievement in religious observance and refinement of character. In his personal conduct, he was the very embodiment of those ideals. Spirit of Nobility is a selection of Rabbi Dr. Aaron Levine's sermons on the weekly Torah portion, transcribed from his manuscripts dating from 1982 to 2011. The sermons offer original insights into the Torah and haftarah readings and present novel and scholarly applications of the weekly portion to contemporary political, social, and economic issues. These stirring messages of faith, Jewish unity, and aspiration for redemption remain as relevant today as when they were first delivered.

A renowned authority on Jewish business ethics, Rabbi Dr. Aaron Levine, of blessed memory, was also a distinguished pulpit rabbi. In his sermons he would urge his congregants to seize nobility, to leap toward greater achievement in religious observance and refinement of character. In his personal conduct, he was the very embodiment of those ideals. Spirit of Nobility is a selection of Rabbi Dr. Aaron Levine's sermons on the weekly Torah portion, transcribed from his manuscripts dating from 1982 to 2011. The sermons offer original insights into the Torah and haftarah readings and present novel and scholarly applications of the weekly portion to contemporary political, social, and economic issues. These stirring messages of faith, Jewish unity, and aspiration for redemption remain as relevant today as when they were first delivered.

SPIRIT OF NOBILITY: VAY/BAM/DEV

Spirit of Nobility: Sermons on the Weekly Torah Portion: Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy

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A renowned authority on Jewish business ethics, Rabbi Dr. Aaron Levine, of blessed memory, was also a distinguished pulpit rabbi. In his sermons he would urge his congregants to seize nobility, to leap toward greater achievement in religious observance and refinement of character. In his personal conduct, he was the very embodiment of those ideals. Spirit of Nobility is a selection of Rabbi Dr. Aaron Levine's sermons on the weekly Torah portion, transcribed from his manuscripts dating from 1982 to 2011. The sermons offer original insights into the Torah and haftarah readings and present novel and scholarly applications of the weekly portion to contemporary political, social, and economic issues. These stirring messages of faith, Jewish unity, and aspiration for redemption remain as relevant today as when they were first delivered.

A renowned authority on Jewish business ethics, Rabbi Dr. Aaron Levine, of blessed memory, was also a distinguished pulpit rabbi. In his sermons he would urge his congregants to seize nobility, to leap toward greater achievement in religious observance and refinement of character. In his personal conduct, he was the very embodiment of those ideals. Spirit of Nobility is a selection of Rabbi Dr. Aaron Levine's sermons on the weekly Torah portion, transcribed from his manuscripts dating from 1982 to 2011. The sermons offer original insights into the Torah and haftarah readings and present novel and scholarly applications of the weekly portion to contemporary political, social, and economic issues. These stirring messages of faith, Jewish unity, and aspiration for redemption remain as relevant today as when they were first delivered.

Splendor of Creation: A Biblical Ecology

Splendor of Creation: A Biblical Ecology

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Many people see the environmental crisis as a spiritual one. Author Ellen Bernstein sees the Book of Genesis as a guide to living peaceably with the Earth. The creation story, according to Bernstein, invites a deep appreciation of nature and may be the perfect muse for a world that is hungry for an integrated ecological vision.

Written from a Jewish perspective, this book is both accessible and compelling to a broad audience, as it explores Genesis 1, verse by verse, reflecting on the language that contributes to a holistic ecological vision.

Strong as Death Is Love: The Song of Songs, Ruth, Esther, Jonah, Daniel P/B

Strong as Death Is Love: The Song of Songs, Ruth, Esther, Jonah, Daniel P/B

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The Song of Songs; Ruth; Esther; Jonah; and Daniel offer readers a range of pleasures not usually associated with the Bible. As distant in time from the Five Books of Moses as Updike is from Shakespeare, these Late Biblical books are innovative, entertaining literary works. Women often stand center stage. The Song of Songs is a celebration of young love, frankly sensuous, with no reference to God or covenant. It offers some of the most beautiful love poems of the ancient world. The story of Queen Esther's shrewd triumph is also a secular entertainment, with clear traces of farce and sly sexual comedy. The character of Ruth embodies the virtues of loyalty, love, and charity in a harmonious world. Enigma replaces harmony in Daniel's feverish night dreams. The apocalyptic strangeness of Daniel echoes in works from the New Testament's Book of Revelations to the lyrics of Bob Dylan. And Jonah, the tale of a giant fish who, on God's command, swallows the prophet and imprisons him in his dark wet innards for three days, ends with a question that lingers, unanswered, leaving the reader to ponder the many limitations of humankind.
Studies in Rashi: Bereishit

Studies in Rashi: Bereishit

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12 complete essays on Chumash Bereishit. in a bi-lingual Hebrew/English formatm from a segment of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's weekly Shabbat public gatherings, beginning in 1964, to the study of Rashis classic biblical commentary. An innovative method for both the study and analysis of the Bibles pre-eminent commentator emerged. The talks went on for over 25 years. This book's goal is to open this unique dimension of the Rebbes scholarship to the ever-growing numbers of English speaking students aspiring to serious textual study. The volume is prefaced by a list of 17 "General Principles of Rashi," and begins a series which will present one essay for each respective Torah portion. Fully annotated in Hebrew and English, the book has a detailed bibliography and comprehensive index.
Studies in Rashi: Bereishit

Studies in Rashi: Bereishit

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12 complete essays on Chumash Bereishit. in a bi-lingual Hebrew/English formatm from a segment of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's weekly Shabbat public gatherings, beginning in 1964, to the study of Rashis classic biblical commentary. An innovative method for both the study and analysis of the Bibles pre-eminent commentator emerged. The talks went on for over 25 years. This book's goal is to open this unique dimension of the Rebbes scholarship to the ever-growing numbers of English speaking students aspiring to serious textual study. The volume is prefaced by a list of 17 "General Principles of Rashi," and begins a series which will present one essay for each respective Torah portion. Fully annotated in Hebrew and English, the book has a detailed bibliography and comprehensive index.
STUDIES IN SPIRITUALITY

STUDIES IN SPIRITUALITY

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Studies in the Weekly Parashah

Studies in the Weekly Parashah

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With studies on the weekly Torah portion, this volume evokes the memorable and influential style of Nehama Leibowitz, a noted Bible scholar and commentator. Drawing from lesser-known works published by Leibowitz and notes from her private lessons, Rabbi Moshe Sokolow elucidates the text and its classic commentaries in a manner that engages readers, making them active participants in Torah study.
Subversive Sequels in the Bible

Subversive Sequels in the Bible

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In Subversive Sequels in the Bible, master Bible teacher Judy Klitsner takes us on a thrilling voyage of discovery through familiar biblical narratives. Deeply faithful to the texts, but daring in her interpretive approach, she draws stunning parallels between biblical passages to reveal previously overlooked layers of meaning. With a unique combination of scholarship, creativity and passion, Klitsner illustrates the dynamic nature of biblical attitudes toward timeless issues of self, gender and universalism. The result is a collection of provocative, original readings that will transform your understanding of the Bible. Winner of The National Jewish Book Award.
Talks on the Parasha

Talks on the Parasha

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Short essays on parashat hashavua Talks on the Parasha recreates the warm, intimate atmosphere of a personal encounter with Rabbi Steinsaltz. While providing insights that are meaningful for the Jewish collective, it speaks to every individual as well. To Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, the Torah contains within it many worlds. The themes, the language, the myriad ways in which to understand and interpret it all of these are worlds that both exist independently and are connected to one another, inextricably linked from within and from without. What emerges from the totality of the Torah's manifold shades of meaning is that the Torah is essentially "the book of the chronicles of man." The Torah addressing, in particular, the Jewish people and the individual helps the reader understand not only what happened in the past and what ought to happen in the future, but also the meaning of his or her own life.

Short essays on parashat hashavua Talks on the Parasha recreates the warm, intimate atmosphere of a personal encounter with Rabbi Steinsaltz. While providing insights that are meaningful for the Jewish collective, it speaks to every individual as well. To Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, the Torah contains within it many worlds. The themes, the language, the myriad ways in which to understand and interpret it all of these are worlds that both exist independently and are connected to one another, inextricably linked from within and from without. What emerges from the totality of the Torah s manifold shades of meaning is that the Torah is essentially the book of the chronicles of man. The Torah addressing, in particular, the Jewish people and the individual helps the reader understand not only what happened in the past and what ought to happen in the future, but also the meaning of his or her own life.

Tanakh Companion - Samuel

Tanakh Companion - Samuel

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Bible study in the spirit of modern and open Orthodox Judaism.
Targum Onkelos Zichron Meir 5 vol.

Targum Onkelos Zichron Meir 5 vol.

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Targum Onkelos - the translation of the Chumash into Aramaic by Onkelos - is so important that the Sages included it in the obligation to read the weekly Chumash portion "shnayim mikra v'echad Targum” the Torah text twice andTargum Onkelos once. Now you will be able to gain a better understanding of the interpretation of Onkelos and enhance your understanding of Chumash.

ArtScroll proudly presents the Zichron Meir Edition of Targum Onkelos: The definitive Aramaic interpretive translation of the Torah, elucidated and annotated.

The Zichron Meir Edition of Targum Onkelos includes:

  • Chumash, Rashi, and Targum Onkelos fully vowelized
  • An elucidation of Targum Onkelos, following the style of the Sapirstein Edition of Rashi and other ArtScroll classics
  • An interlinear design, with the words of Targum Onkelos placed directly under the Hebrew of the Chumash text
  • A flowing translation of the Chumash, based on the Stone Chumash. This includes words marked in bold when the translation differs from that of Onkelos
  • Text that is highlighted when Onkelos deviates from the literal translation into his own interpretation
  • Notes that explain and clarify those places where Onkelos appears to add his own phrase or where he deviates from the simple meaning of the verse.

Footnotes that include background information and insights of other commentators


Product Details

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ISBN-10: 1422627358
ISBN #: 9781422627358
Format: Slipcased Set
Pages: 2422
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TASTE OF EDEN : More Torah For The Shabbos Table

TASTE OF EDEN : More Torah For The Shabbos Table

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In another collection of incisive essays on the weekly Torah reading and Jewish holidays, Rabbi Ari Kahn once again displays his remarkable ability to distill complicated philosophical, theological, and exegetical ideas into brief and accessible language for everyone at the Shabbat table. His writings are deeply steeped in Torah and rabbinic tradition, yet remain relevant to Jews across a broad spectrum of readership. Share these ideas at your Shabbat table, or study them beforehand to enhance your understanding of the parashah each week.
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The Akeidah

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In this work, Michael Kaiser presents an original and creative interpretation of the Akeidah, the haunting saga of faith which has intrigued the world for millennia. Based on a close reading of the Biblical text in conjunction with an impressive array of commentators, both ancient and modern, the author reveals how the drama of the Akeidah lies in the unresolved tension inherent in the creation of the world, and how the characters in this drama are uniquely suited to fulfill their divine mission. The book concludes with the text and analysis of a twelfth century piyut which is the focal point of the Yamim Noraim services in many Sephardic congregations but virtually unknown in Ashkenazic circles. In his Foreword, Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter writes: “Once again, Reb Michael has presented us with original, brilliant ideas, this time revolving around one story in the Torah – the complex, challenging, powerful and enigmatic story of the Akeidah. And, once again, the breadth of Reb Michael’s sources is astounding – Chazal and Acharonim, Gemara and Midrashim, Ashkenazim and Sephardim, Chasidim and Mitnagdim, Halachah and Aggadah, commentators and codifiers, all presented most cogently, clearly and articulately.”

The Art Of Bible Translation

The Art Of Bible Translation

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From the recipient of the National Jewish Book Award for Lifetime Achievement, a "hugely entertaining and irreverent" (Adam Gopnik, New Yorker) account of the art of translating the Hebrew Bible into English

In this brief book, award-winning biblical translator and acclaimed literary critic Robert Alter offers a personal and passionate account of what he learned about the art of Bible translation over the two decades he spent completing his own English version of the Hebrew Bible.

Alter's literary training gave him the advantage of seeing that a translation of the Bible can convey the text's meaning only by trying to capture the powerful and subtle literary style of the biblical Hebrew, something the modern English versions don't do justice to. The Bible's style, Alter writes, "is not some sort of aesthetic embellishment of the 'message' of Scripture but the vital medium through which the biblical vision of God, human nature, history, politics, society, and moral value is conveyed." And, as the translators of the King James Version knew, the authority of the Bible is inseparable from its literary authority.

For these reasons, the Bible can be brought to life in English only by re-creating its literary virtuosity, and Alter discusses the principal aspects of style in the Hebrew Bible that any translator should try to reproduce: word choice, syntax, word play and sound play, rhythm, and dialogue. In the process, he provides an illuminating and accessible introduction to biblical style that also offers insights about the art of translation far beyond the Bible.

The Authentic King Solomon

The Authentic King Solomon

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King Solomon is famous for his wisdom. However, was he really such a wise king? In this book Dr. Israel Drazin delves into the opinions of famous Bible commentators of all religions, examining what the book of Kings has to say about Solomon.


Readers will be prompted to view Solomon in a new light as Dr. Drazin raises many interesting questions about the life of the biblical king.


Was he careful about the needs of the Israelites he ruled, and did he act with wisdom for the benefit of his people, or were his actions governed by self-interest?


How dedicated was he to the building of the First Temple? While the books of Kings and Chronicles seem to say that Solomon's building of the Temple was his greatest achievement, his actions do not reflect this.
Did his seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines lead him into the worship of idols?


Are the stories of Solomon impressing three women good examples of the wisdom that a king should show his nation?

About the Author
Dr. Israel Drazin served for thirty-one years in the US military and attained the rank of brigadier general. He is an attorney and a rabbi, with master's degrees in psychology and Hebrew literature and a PhD in Judaic studies. He completed the US Army's senior course for generals and developed the legal strategy that saved the military chaplaincy when its constitutionality was attacked in court. He received the Legion of Merit for his service, awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the United States. Dr. Drazin is the author of thirty-eight books. Among his books are a series of volumes on the Bible in which he examines what the text actually states, a series on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, and a series on the twelfth-century philosopher Moses Maimonides. His website is www.booksnthoughts.com.

King Solomon is famous for his wisdom. However, was he really such a wise king? In this book Dr. Israel Drazin delves into the opinions of famous Bible commentators of all religions, examining what the book of Kings has to say about Solomon. Readers will be prompted to view Solomon in a new light as Dr. Drazin raises many interesting questions about the life of the biblical king. Was he careful about the needs of the Israelites he ruled, and did he act with wisdom for the benefit of his people, or were his actions governed by self-interest? How dedicated was he to the building of the First Temple? While the books of Kings and Chronicles seem to say that Solomon s building of the Temple was his greatest achievement, his actions do not reflect this. Did his seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines lead him into the worship of idols? Are the stories of Solomon impressing three women good examples of the wisdom that a king should show his nation?

The Books Of Ezra And Nechemiah

The Books Of Ezra And Nechemiah

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ETHICS OF DEUTERONOMY

The Ethics of Deuteronomy Paperback

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The book of Deuteronomy raises ethical questions central to the Jewish faith. Too often, we learn these Biblical stories as children and never revisit them-or their ethical implications-as adults. The Ethics of Deuteronomy, the fifth and final in the Ethics series, provides further elucidation of these narratives and concepts. Rabbi Dr. Abba Engelberg presents traditional answers, explained in depth, as well as original interpretations, to difficult quandaries, such as: How does the leadership mentioned in Deuteronomy compare with the U.S. Constitution? What is the Jewish attitude towards work? Is the obligation to rest on Shabbat related to a mitzvah to work during the other six days of the week? What role did the manna play in the development of the Jews as a nation? Does Judaism ever believe the ends justify the means? What are the parameters of animal welfare and tza'ar ba'alei chaim in Judaism?

The book of Deuteronomy raises ethical questions central to the Jewish faith. Too often, we learn these Biblical stories as children and never revisit them—or their ethical implications—as adults. The Ethics of Deuteronomy, the fifth and final in the Ethics series, provides further elucidation of these narratives and concepts. Rabbi Dr. Abba Engelberg presents traditional answers, explained in depth, as well as original interpretations, to difficult quandaries, such as:How does the leadership mentioned in Deuteronomy compare with the U.S. Constitution?What is the Jewish attitude towards work? Is the obligation to rest on Shabbat related to a mitzvah to work during the other six days of the week?What role did the manna play in the development of the Jews as a nation?Does Judaism ever believe the ends justify the means?What are the parameters of animal welfare and tza’ar ba’alei chaim in Judaism?Abba Engelberg graduated from Telshe Yeshiva (valedictorian) and Yeshiva University (cum laude), where he received rabbinical ordination. He received a Ph. D. from NYU in operations research, and has served as professor at Jerusalem College of Technology for 50 years, where he founded and headed the women’s division. He served as a reserve chaplain in the United States Air Force where he achieved the rank of colonel. He is the father of four sons and lives in Jerusalem with his wife.

ETHICS OF NUMBERS

The Ethics of Numbers Paperback

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The book of Numbers raises ethical questions central to the Jewish faith. Too often, we learn these Biblical stories as children and never revisit them-or their ethical implications-as adults. The Ethics of Numbers, the fourth in the Ethics series, provides further elucidation of these narratives and concepts. Rabbi Dr. Abba Engelberg presents traditional answers, explained in depth, as well as original interpretations, to difficult quandaries, such as: What is the Jewish view of asceticism, worldly pleasure, and self-deprivation for religious purposes?What is the role of the Korban Pesach and Pesach Sheni in fostering Jewish faith?Did Miriam deserve to be punished with tzara'at for defending the honor of Zipporah?Was the punishment of the spies too severe?What exactly was wrong with Korach's plea?Does Judaism countenance the act of Pinchas and can religion tolerate vigilante justice?What lesson can we learn from Zelophehad's daughters courage in speaking up

The book of Numbers raises ethical questions central to the Jewish faith. Too often, we learn these Biblical stories as children and never revisit them—or their ethical implications—as adults. The Ethics of Numbers, the fourth in the Ethics series, provides further elucidation of these narratives and concepts. Rabbi Dr. Abba Engelberg presents traditional answers, explained in depth, as well as original interpretations, to difficult quandaries, such as:What is the Jewish view of asceticism, worldly pleasure, and self-deprivation for religious purposes?What is the role of the Korban Pesach and Pesach Sheni in fostering Jewish faith?Did Miriam deserve to be punished with tzara’at for defending the honor of Zipporah?Was the punishment of the spies too severe?What exactly was wrong with Korach’s plea?Does Judaism countenance the act of Pinchas and can religion tolerate vigilante justice?What lesson can we learn from Zelophehad’s daughters courage in speaking up?

EXODUS YOU ALMOST PASSED OVER

The Exodus You Almost Passed Over [Hardcover]

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Is there an Exodus story that we almost passed over? Every year we read the story of the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt. It seems like something we already know. But do we? Questions haunt the careful reader. Among them: Doesn’t the name "Passover" seem a bit strange? Why not just call it Freedom Day, or Independence Day? And did the Exodus have to be so complicated? Couldn’t an all-powerful deity have teleported the Israelites out of Egypt and spared everyone the arduous process of the Ten Plagues? Then there’s the uncomfortable parts of the Exodus: Why, exactly, did God have to harden Pharaoh’s heart? Was that really fair? In this book, Rabbi Fohrman invites us to look at the Exodus story with fresh eyes - to join him, as it were, on a guided adventure, a close reading of the ancient biblical text. In so doing, Rabbi Fohrman reveals a side of the Exodus story that illuminates not just our past, but our future, and tells not only of our freedom, but of our destiny. This book will uncover secrets that lay hidden in this ancient and sacred saga and tell the tale of the Exodus you thought you knew.