Synopses & Reviews
“Like any classic, the Torah appears in different guises with each rereading. Its infinite layers of meaning and depth offer the opportunity to harvest anew, without any fear of exhausting its supply of wisdom, counsel, and kedushah (holiness). To encounter Torah is to encounter God.”
--from the Introduction
In this inspiring collection, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson illuminates the sacred text at the heart of Jewish spirituality. Enlightening and original, The Everyday Torah brings the ancient text to life with poignant reflections that will guide to you to a deeper understanding of the Torah, of Judaism, of yourself.
"Torah goes its weekly way, and we go ours, and do the two paths ever cross? They cross often in many minds and hearts, but when it is Bradley Shavit Artson who provides their point of intersection, the crossroads widens into a town square."
--Jack Miles, author of God: A Biography
"Every page is a joy to read. Many, many readers will treasure this book."
--Richard Elliott Friedman, author of Commentary on the Torah and Who Wrote the Bible?
"Rabbi Bradley Artson remains one of the most inviting of modern day teachers of Torah. This book will offer needed guidance and inspiration to all who turn its pages."
--Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
An inspiring new collection from the author Rabbi Harold Kushner calls “one of the most insightful and articulate rabbis of his generation.”
Following the success of his previous book, The BedsideTorah, Rabbi Artson once again casts a contemporary light on the ancient text of the Torah. This time, he enlightens you with a deeper understanding of the books 50 weekly readings, offering fresh new insights and thoughtful commentaries. His gentle everyday reflections make the Torah come alive--and go straight to the heart of Jewish spirituality.
About the Author
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson is the dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and vice president at the American Jewish University. He is the author of six books, serves on the Leadership Council of Conservative Judaism, and speaks frequently for the UJC/Federation communities.
Table of Contents
Genesis: B'raishit, In the Beginning
Exodus: Sh'mot, Names
Leviticus: Va-Yikra, He Called
Numbers: Be-Midbar, In the Desert
Deuteronomy: Devarim, Words
Commentators and Commentaries
Glossary of Terms