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  - cantorchaney - LibraryThing

A landmark event for Conservative Judaism. Based on the massive 5 volume JPS Torah Commentary Series and the JPS Bible Commentary: Haftarot. A replacement for the much loved "Hertz" Humash which used ... Read full review

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User Review  - pa5t0rd - LibraryThing

This is a phenomenal introduction to the Torah! The translation is great...the Hebrew Font is very good...the commentary is top notch - think of it as the poor man's JPS commentary set on the Torah ... Read full review


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