Tiferet Yisrael

May 23, 2018

David B. Levy • AJL Reviews

TiferetYisrael.jpgThis is a clear and lucid Hebrew edition with English translation of the Maharal of Prague’s Tiferet Yisrael (the Splendor of Israel) intended for the English reading public.

Mostly known for his legend of the Golem, the Maharal’s Torah scholarship has remained impenetrable for non-Hebrew specialists. In addition to providing a much-needed translation, Widmonte (who has a background in mathematics and computer science) supplies accompanying pedagogical tools, including colorful synthesized schematic charts, diagrams, and summaries through which to enhance the reader’s conceptual and visual understanding of the text. He also includes cross-referenced comments from other works by the Maharal in order to enable a deeper intertextual dimension to the work. Footnotes guide the reader in locating the mikorot (sources) of the Maharal’s thoughts and commentary for each chapter can be found at the back of the book. Widmonte’s unique approach to presenting this text enables the English reader to better appreciate the Maharal’s depth of thought and the important place his work occupies within the Rabbinic corpus. Also included is a glossary, a general index, name index, and an index of sources. Recommended.

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Walking the Exodus

May 21, 2018

Midwest Book Review • The Judaic Studies Shelf

Walking the Exodus9789655242485Leading biblical scholars and archaeologists have long argued about the actual route of the biblical Exodus from Egypt for decades. Margaret Malka Rawicz has developed and refined lectures on the Exodus for many years after extensively traveling through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Egypt, Israel, and Jordan.

In “Walking the Exodus: My Journey in the Footsteps of Moses” she draws upon her experience, research, and expertise to reveal the route Moses and the Israelites took as they fled Egypt three and a half millennia ago. Along with her Bedouin guide, Rabia, Margaret treks through treacherous deserts and areas in order to recover and identify the sites of the first fifteen known Israelite encampments. She then explores another eighteen encampments in the Sinai Desert and the final nine in Jordan.

Including photographs and personal stories, “Walking the Exodus” is not only a discovery, but also a transformation of one’s life. Impressively informative, exceptionally well written, thoroughly ‘reader friendly’ in organization and presentation, “Walking the Exodus” is an inherently fascinating and educative read from cover to cover, making it unreservedly recommended for personal, synagogue, community, and academic library collections and supplemental studies reading lists.


Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo & Rabbi Yitz Greenberg: Revolution or Evolution – On the Status of Halakha and Orthodoxy

May 6, 2018

Watch Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo and Rabbi Yitz Greenberg discussing pressing issues facing Modern Orthodoxy today  at an evening hosted by Matan HaSharon

 

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