A contemporary, insightful and inspiring Torah commentary.
The Jewish sages taught that when we study the Torah we should continuously turn it and turn it, like a gem with countless facets, looking for new and deeper meanings. In this volume of essays on each weekly Torah portion Rabbi Jonathan Kligler shares choice insights from his decades of study and teaching. Drawing on both ancient and modern sources, and weaving scholarship and personal stories, Kligler invites the reader to investigate the countless layers of insight and inspiration that vibrant Torah study can provide.
This volume is intended both for lay readers and for Jewish and non-Jewish clergy seeking insight and inspiration from an accessible contemporary Torah commentary.
“This collection contains warmth, humor, accessibility, and wisdom. A book – and indeed a career – to make his teacher proud!” —Rabbi Arthur Green, author of Radical Judaism: Rethinking God and Tradition
This sermon was presented at Rosh Hashanah services at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation on September 19, 2020. Reflecting on the Torah portion that is read on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Jonathan compares Hagar’s anguish as her young son Ish …
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