A chronicle of loss and despair, love, romance, and hope, the Book of Ruth includes themes and lessons applicable to the lives of contemporary readers: rebuilding a life after extreme loss; conversion to Judaism; women's roles, sexuality and legal status; finding love again; and more. This work incorporates interpretations from the Targum, Rashi, and Ibn Ezra, as well as scholarly and contemporary sources, to create an engaging and accessible modern commentary on this ancient text.
The Song of Songs, known in Hebrew as Shir HaShirim, is a biblical collection of erotic love poetry, a dialogue between two lovers. It was seen by the Rabbis, however, as a metaphor for the greatest love story of all, that between God and the people Israel.
Kravitz and Olitzky's original translation tries to recapture for the modern reader the beauty of the Divine love story that the Rabbis found in the text. Using commentary from Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Gersonides, and others, as well as insights from related contemporary teachings, the line-by-line translation and commentary breathes new life into the traditional rabbinic reading of this unique text.
Using the classical commentaries of Rashi, Ibn Ezra and others, as well as modern critical scholarship, the authors have produced a line-by-line translation and commentary to accompany the Hebrew text of the Book of Ecclesiastes. The often-quoted Book includes both well-known and quizzical texts, including the statements "to everything there is a season" and that, concerning life, "all is vanity".
Ideally suited for both individual reflection and adult education, Kohelet is a thoughtful and modern translation for all to learn from.
This edition presents a fresh, new approach to a Jewish classic. Editors Kravitz and Olitzky reinvigorate the study of Pirke Avot ( "Ethics of the Fathers") with bold new insights from many corners of the modern Jewish world. Along with traditional commentaries from Rashi and Maimonides, readers encounter the wisdom of Leo Baeck, Eugene Borowitz, Emil Fackenheim, Lawrence Kushner, Anne Roiphe, Judith Plaskow, Maurice Eisendrath, Ellis Rivkin, and many others. Ideal for college or adult study.
"...a fascinating guide to human and especially Jewish living... the book will captivate you."--W. Gunther Plaut A Feldman Library Fund publication.
URJ Press Allows you to rediscover another classic Jewish text From the authors who brought you the highly acclaimed Pirke Avot: A Modern Commentary on Jewish Ethics comes another thoughtful work exploring a Jewish classic.
Introducing a new user-friendly translation and commentary to the book of Proverbs!
"It is a tree of life to those that hold fast to it and all of its supporters are happy."
Passages from Proverbs have worked their way into our siddur and Jewish vocabulary. Now the editors of Pirkei Avot: A Modern Commentary on Jewish Ethics and Shemonah Perakim: A Treatise on the Soul bring you a contemporary, gender-sensitive translation of Proverbs, based on recent advances in scholarship.
Included in this new edition are:
The Hebrew text of Proverbs
A modern commentary
Gleanings on related topics from other sources
Related topical mini-essays
Perfect for adult education or personal study, this title will help bring the timeless teachings of Proverbs to a new generation of readers.
More than the centerpiece of Purim celebrations, Esther is unique in the biblical canon, and raises as many questions as it reveals answers. It is a rich source for text study, at Purim and throughout the year.
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Each volume in this collection is designed for the reader to learn on their own, in a small study group, or within a classroom setting.
Leonard S. Kravitz and Kerry M. Olitzky have perfected their signature style of presenting information: so each volume includes the Hebrew text with English translation, commentary, questions for discussion, and additional resources. Designed for learners age 13 - adult, the Kravitz and Olitzky series has been used in Hebrew high school, rabbinic school, day schools, and camps.
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