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Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary
David L. Lieber (Editor)
0827607121
September 2001
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The first new Torah commentary for Conservative Judaism in over 70 years, Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary, boasts an all-star editorial cast. Harold Kushner's d'rash (interpretive commentary) explores the importance of social justice in Judaism, while Chaim Potok's contributions attempt to ground the Torah historically by ascertaining its meaning to the ancient Israelites. A special section edited by Elliot Dorff and Susan Grossman investigates the Jewish legal tradition and its foundations in the Torah; biblical scholar Michael Fishbane offers commentary on the haftarah (Torah portions to be read in the synagogue throughout the year). This commentary is a monumental achievement, incorporating recent archaeological findings, textual interpretations and (for the first time) the opinions of female rabbis. Copyright...


Hebrew-English Tanakh

0827606974
December 2000
Leather Bound
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Rabbi Jack Riemer, Book Review, 7/8/99
...we have come to appreciate this translation because it makes the Bible make sense and because it is a Bible that we can read and feel directly addressed by because it speaks in the language of our time. It belongs on the shelf of every person who wants to study the Bible for the first time or who wants to come to it afresh. --This text refers to the Leather Bound edition.

Star Tribune, 7/24/99
A gorgeous new Bible... real value comes from adding the Hebrew, paired with its translation in a dual column format on each page...a collaboration among eminent Bible scholars representing all perspectives within the Jewish community...following principles of contemporary critical scholarship and sensitivity to the cultural nuances of translation....


The Living Torah (English edition)
Aryeh Kaplan
0940118351


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The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English
Geza Vermes (Translator)
0140449523
December 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
It's been 50 years since a Bedouin youth named Muhammed edh-Dhub went looking for a stray sheep and instead found the Dead Sea Scrolls. In the intervening decades, the scrolls have been enveloped in a storm of controversy and bitter conflict: the scholars entrusted with translating and editing the texts sat on many of them instead, creating suspicions that escalated to conspiracy theories about supposed cover-ups of sensitive, even damaging material. Geza Vermes, a former professor of Jewish studies at Oxford and a noted authority on the scrolls, marks the 50th anniversary of Muhammed edh-Dhub's find with his book The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English; the title, however, is misleading, for the collection of documents is by no means complete. Vermes has left out the copies of Hebrew scriptures that are available...


Family Haggadah
Shoshana Silberman
0930494660
March 1987
Paperback
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Book Description
The Haggadah of choice for children and adults to use together. Just the right blend of text and commentary with transliteration of prayers and songs.

Language Notes
Text: English, Hebrew


JPS Torah Commentary Set
Nahum M. Sarna (Editor), Chaim Potok (Editor)
0827603312
May 1996
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English, Hebrew (translation)
Original Language: Hebrew --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


How to Read the Bible
Marc Zvi Brettler
082760775X
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. How does a person read the Bible, which is a product of another time and culture, and have it make sense? Brettler, who chairs the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis, begins with the complicated web of doctrine, history and myth that is the Hebrew Bible and untangles it until a clear and beautifully drawn picture emerges. His mode of interpretation is the "historical-critical" method—reading the text in its historical setting, employing critical methodology to explicate and, when possible, harmonize "the multiple ancient perceptions of God, preserved in our composite Bible." After explaining his approach, Brettler takes readers through the historical periods of the Bible, placing the stories in their proper context. He explains, for example, the importance of the...


The Essential Zohar
Rav P. S. Berg
0609807315
Apr 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Kabbalah, often defined as a Jewish mystical tradition, actually encompasses "the spiritual heritage of all mankind," according to Rav P.S. Berg in The Essential Zohar. Berg, the dean of the Kabbalah Centre (whose members include celebrities such as Madonna and Mick Jagger), has concentrated a core of teachings from the central kabbalistic text, the Zohar, in a single volume that makes kabbalistic wisdom accessible to readers of all religious traditions. The Zohar, which dates back to the second century B.C.E., offers tools for doing the work of kabbalah: "transforming chaos and fragmentation into unity and completion." The Zohar's biblical commentaries and rabbinical stories of apparently "surprise happenings, sudden insights, and full-blown epiphanies" are intended to help readers open themselves to similar revelations....


The Beliefnet Guide to Kabbalah
Arthur Goldwag
0385514530
June 2005
Paperback
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From Booklist
This comes under the everything-you-wanted-to-know umbrella. Goldwag does an excellent job of introducing a complicated subject, neatly balancing the history of the topic with more practical application. The text begins with an informative overview and then backtracks into the origins of kabbalah and a discussion of its later adherents. It also includes a description of kabbalistic practices (no easy task since many of the writings are almost impenetrable) and some nicely chosen short meditations, inspired by kabbalah, "some dating back to the Zohar, some as contemporary as the Internet." The personal conclusion takes readers to the heart of Jewish mysticism and what it means to individual lives. A well-rounded and eminently readable account; an extensive bibliography leads readers further. Ilene...


TANAKH: The Holy Scriptures, Student Edition
Jewish Publication Society
0827603665
January 1991
Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: English, Hebrew (translation) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures, The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text
Jewish Publication Society
0827602529
September 1985
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English, Hebrew (translation)


The Wisdom of the Zohar: An Anthology of Texts
Isaiah Tishby, David Goldstein (Translator)
1874774285
April 1997
Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Hebrew --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


The Way: Using the Wisdom of Kabbalah for Spiritual Transformation and Fulfillment
Michael Berg
0471228796
August 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Berg, the editor-in-chief of Kabbalah magazine, offers a readable introduction into what he claims is the universal mystical tradition. The Kabbalah is replete with modern analogies (even Vince Lombardi!) and is written in an intelligent style expressly designed to appeal to the broadest possible audience. However, Berg overreaches with the claim that "Kabbalah is the birthright of all humanity. It does not belong to any religion or ethnic group." Unless God desires everyone to be Jewish (which Judaism has always rejected), it is disingenuous to say that "The Way" is "for literally everyone in the world" and then proceed to refer exclusively to Jewish texts, prayers, heroes and holidays and the mysterious power of Hebrew and Hebrew alone. Berg's "way" has much in common with other mystical traditions,...


Everyman's Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages
Abraham Cohen
0805210326
February 1995
Paperback
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Book Review
The Talmud is among the great books of wisdom--like the Bible, the Quran, and the Bhagavad Gita--whose citation gives a speaker instant credibility. Also like the Bible, the Quran, and the Bhagavad Gita, the Talmud is a powerful source of allusion in large part even though so few people have really read it. People don't read the Talmud because they think it's inaccessible--the sprawling collection of rabbinic writings is added to in each generation, and its significance is nothing less than the summary of Judaism. The best guide to the Talmud's labyrinthine form is Abraham Cohen's Everyman's Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages--a monumental work of scholarly summary that describes all the basic doctrines of Judaism. Everyman's Talmud includes concise chapters on everything from sin to superstitions to a Jew's...


The Bedside Torah
Bradley Shavit Artson
0737305878
Jan 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Friendly text makes the teaching of Torah accessible to everyone The Bedside Torah guides you into the dramatic and spiritually riveting world of Torah. While weaving together ancient, medieval, and modern views, it offers three different and original commentaries on each of the 49 Torah portions. Written in a friendly and accessible tone, it includes a glossary of terms and a short introduction at the beginning of each portion, explaining its most salient characteristics.

About the Author
Rabbi Bradley Shavit is currently the dean of the conservative rabbinical seminary, the Ziegler School at the University of Judaism. He is the author of It's a Mitzvah! Jewish Living Step-by-Step (Behrman House) and has written more than 115 articles including Torah commentary...


The Chumash: The Stone Edition (Artscroll Series)
Nosson Scherman
0899060145
June 1993
Hardcover
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Book Description
A Classic in its own time… The entire Chumash, newly reset, in one beautiful volume with a new, contemporary English translation of the Torah, faithful to Rashi and the classic Rabbinic commentators, and an anthologized commentary by a team of scholars, under the editorship of Rabbi Nosson Scherman. This commentary draws on the spectrum of biblical commentaries, from the Talmud, Midrash, and the classic Rabbinic commentators, and includes insights of contemporary greats. Also includes: Hebrew/Aramaic texts of Rashi and Onkelos, newly set according to the most accurate texts. Haftaros with new translation, and introductory comments introducing the haftarah and relating it to the Torah reading. The Five Megillos with translation and commentary. Comprehensive index. Lightweight, opaque, acid-free paper for...


The Everything Torah Book: All You Need to Understand the Basics of Jewish Law and the Five Books of the Old Testament
Rabbi Yaakov Menken
1593373252
August 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
From the Penteteuch and Nevi'im to the Ketuvim and the oral Torah, this straightforward reference walks you through God's instructions to His people and explains how these teachings are incorporated into Jewish life. The Everything Torah Book presents the tenets of the Jewish faith in an easy-to-understand reference. Fascinating insights into the history, stories, parables, and personalities that are featured in this sacred scripture will bring teachings to life. Regardless of your faith, the The Everything Torah Book offers a wonderful insight into Jewish culture. Learn about: Jewish history and heritage What constitutes the Torah The importance of the Torah in the Jewish community How to expand your learning Incorporating teachings into your life Written by a rabbi, The Everything Torah Book presents the tenets...


Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation
Michael O. Wise
006076662X
October 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In 1946, the world of biblical studies was rocked by the discovery of several scrolls in caves around the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea Scrolls contained translations of portions of the books of the Hebrew scriptures, a manual of discipline for the community responsible for producing the scrolls and a scroll that narrated an apocalyptic battle between the sons of light, led by a figure called the Teacher of Righteousness, and the sons of darkness. These documents gave biblical scholars a tantalizing glimpse of the then relatively unknown period of first-century Judaism and of the theology of at least one of its sects. Very quickly, though, the ownership of the scrolls became a point of great political contention between the Israeli government and American scholars like Frank Moore Cross at Harvard, and, consequently,...


The Wisdom of the Talmud
Ben Zion Bokser
0806522550
Aug 2001
Paperback
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The Zohar 3: Pritzker Edition, Vol. 3
Daniel C. Matt (Translator)
0804752109
December 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This third volume of "The Zohar: Pritzker Edition" completes the "Zohar"’s commentary on the book of Genesis. Here we find spiritual explorations of numerous biblical narratives, including Jacob’s wrestling with the angel, Joseph’s kidnapping by his brothers, his near seduction by Potiphar’s wife, his interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams, and his reunion with his brothers and father. Throughout, the "Zohar" probes the biblical text and seeks deeper meaning—for example, the divine intention behind Joseph’s disappearance, or the profound significance of human sexuality. Divine and human realities intertwine, affecting one another. Toward the end of Genesis, the Bible states: "Jacob’s days drew near to die"—an idiomatic expression that the "Zohar" insists on reading...


Etz Hayim-FL-Travel Size
David Lieber
0827608047
Sept 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
JPS is pleased to make available a new, more compact edition of the landmark publication, Etz Hayim: A Torah Commentary. Etz Hayim, a publication of the Conservative movement, was produced through a joint venture of the Rabbinical Assembly, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and The Jewish Publication Society. This new, smaller edition is a convenient alternative to the standard hardcover edition and is ideal for personal study and travel. It contains all the material in the original, excerpt for the essays. The Bible text, translations, and commentaries as well as the blessings, artwork, maps, glossary and other reference tools for the worshiper and student of Torah reader are included. The sturdy, coated paper cover is designed to stand up well, even with heavy use.

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