Etz Hayim: Torah and commentary

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Jewish Publication Society, Sep 1, 2001 - Religion - 1559 pages
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Special features make Etz Hayim meaningful for lay and clergy alike: - Essays on key themes by prominent Conservative movement rabbis and scholars- Separate p'shat and d'rash commentary themes, showing two approaches to interpreting the Torah: The p'shat commentary, adapted from the JPS Torah Commentary and edited by Chaim Potok, seeks to explain the basic meaning of the text.The d'rash commentary, edited by Harold Kushner, selects insights from over 2,000 years of Torah study, including passages from the Talmud and Midrash, the teachings of the Sages, comments by Rashi, homiletic and psychological insights by Hasidic teachers, and readings by contemporary rabbis and scholars, including women's voices.- The haftarot commentary, edited by Michael Fishbane and drawn from his JPS Bible Commentary: Haftarot, explains the supplemental readings from the Prophets (Nevi'im), which accompany each weekly Sabbath reading.- Highlights of traditional readings for Sephardic and Ashkenazic communities including the special section halakhah l'ma-aseh, which indicates where Jewish laws are based on biblical passages. Also, blessings for the Torah and haftarot, full-color maps, glossary, timeline of biblical events, and indexes.

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User Review  - Echo Armstrong - Goodreads

This is a great book to read if you are a reader of the bible. Its commentary will help you to gain a better understanding of biblical history, as well as many of the idioms and customs used during biblical times. It is written in Hebrew and English. It was definitely money well spent. Read full review

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User Review  - Elijah Spector - Goodreads

I am not even going to jump into the hornet's nest that comes with reviewing the Bible. There are things I love dearly about it, though. This, by the way, is a beautiful edition with an extremely rigorous approach to scholarship. Duh. Read full review


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