David B. Levy • AJL Reviews
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.