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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Foundation for Jewish Publications; 1 edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892984008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892984005
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,924,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A true intellectual adventure; controversial to some, disquieting to many, stimulating to all. From one of the world's foremost Jewish thinkers, here is the first volume of a genre-shattering series that opens to the public the startling sophistication of Torah thought. Matis Weinberg does for Torah what Stephen Gould does for evolutionary biology, what Martin Gardner does for mathematics; each sharing his passion and wonder, involving the reader in the inner workings of a different way of looking at the universe. True to the Torah's rigorous methodology, drawing deeply on the physical sciences and biology, on psychology, philosophy, literature and arts, Weinberg weaves a gradually a emerging blueprint of reality that reveals Torah's elegant, exciting, and profoundly authentic framework for perceiving the world.

Prepare yourself for a roller coaster ride through the parashot, moving deftly from the dawn of history to the very frontiers of contemporary thought, in a journey that will challenge, surprise, and move you. Entertaining, insightful, provocative and evocative, "Frame Works" is that rare book with the potential to open new doors to understanding the world in which we live.

About the Author

Matis Weinberg is now "Exploring, learning, writing-and still teaching" following a distinguished career spanning Silicon Valley and Old Jerusalem, inspiring generations of students, from Beit Midrash halls to Technion corridors. His tenure as Dean at the Hebrew Institute of California and Rosh Yeshiva of Kerem Yeshiva infused innovations that continue to stir Jewish education. Author of the critically acclaimed "Patterns in Time" series, his articles and lectures have long been insider favorites; this is his first series conceived and written for a general audience.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
rabbi weinberg has a unique ability to take the torah portions and their themes and create a vision of reality. based almost entirely on text he shows how the torah teaches more than just "religious practice" but is infact life. this makes every word of the parshiot ring not only with truth but with life and allows the reader to find themselves therein. gone is the childish reading of "bible stories" what we now find are practical thematic views on life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Many of us have grown up hearing that "none of the Torah's words are extra", that the parashot are not arbitrarily cut off, and that every detail is meaningful. These are truism that are hardly examined, or if they are, are quietly pushed away . Because much as we hate to admit it--many datails DO see arbitrary,the stories often seem to go nowhere, and there ARE words that appear superflouse.
In this book, the author has managed to show that all these truism are, in fact, true. Through a series of essays on the traditional sections (the parashot) of Genesis, Weinberg examines different aspects of each parasha, bringing out the hidden patterns and the message that is being conveying through the choice of words or setup.
The essays range over a wide veriety of subjects, exposing us to the Torah's attitude to ageing, individuality, love, medicine, dreams and jealousy...the impressive list goes on. The result is a book that is both beautiful and meaningful. It exposes some of the undercurrents in the Bible narrative, showing us what is being said without preaching.
The writing is poetic, and Weinberg's eloquence and brilliance left me feeling shaken with the depht of truth in the Torah. These essays are alive and passionate and real. I found myself nearly crying at times, and being turned introspective with many.
In addition to the classic commentaries, Midrash and Kabbala, Weinberg also brings a wide range of sources from a divergent list that runs from Shakespeare to Gould, Tennyson to Oliver Sacks. With its many cross-references to biology, psychology, liturature and the arts, this book can change the way you look and Torah, religion and --I found myself agreeing wholeheartedly with the side flap--even life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "cervantes2233" on September 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Over the millennia, the human drive to uncover and explore the book of Genesis has never ceased. Today, the contributions keep on coming, as new approaches and perspectives are being added to this ever-expanding enterprise of Biblical exegesis. Frameworks is a novel and extraordinary addition to our corpus.
Rabbi Weinberg presents a remarkably lucid and involving exploration of these ancient texts. Wonderfully didactic and filled with a subtle and sensible appreciation for divergent approaches and methodologies, Frameworks takes nothing for granted. Always fresh yet always grounded in the traditional Jewish 'framework', this book will gently force you to encounter the deeper currents and concepts floating underneath. Weinberg steers clear from the moralizing pulpit that so many unfortunately revert to. I don't know exactly what the previous reviewer means by stating that there are no 'mekoros' in the book. Hardly a page goes by without numerous quotes and insights from across the whole gamut of Torah thought. The �peshuto shel mikra� that he refers to is the bedrock of our understanding and involvement with the text, and Weinberg carries no illusions into his journey, staying remarkably close to the text and its� graphical texture.
This book continuously surprises me. It has been a wonderful comrade throughout the year. The writing is deft and sensitive, poetically charged yet almost never straying into romantic effusiveness. Sources are abundant and apparently Rabbi Weinberg takes great joy in presenting quotes in multicolored and varied hues, as the book is teeming with relevant metaphors. Along with a precious few other new releases in the Jewish academic world, this book is a profound treasure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book because its design and attention to graphic detail was so special. I bought it because in five minutes of browsing through it I found that the same was true of the contents. The care and sensitivity to language and to clarity of thinking makes this volume a real find. There are so many topics here that it would be impossible to give a precis, but the general approach shows a brilliant familiarity with the history of ideas and a love of learning. To me, the most meaningful premise here is of the continuum of concepts, the way that generations of thinkers complement one another in constructing a growing "framework" built of common texts and experiences in completely different intellectual milieus. This is not an easy read, but I cannot think of a better book to think with.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Matis Weinberg has a unique breadth of knowledge of traditional Jewish sources as well as literary sources, word etymology and real-world experience which he brings to bear on synthesizing, explaining and exploring each Chapter of the First Book of the Five Books of Moses. The result is an essay for each week that gives principles one can and should and wants to live by. Thus the book is useful for religious and secular people, Jews and non-Jews.
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