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Rabbis Katz and Schwartz are also the coauthors of the popular JPS title, Swimming in the Sea of Talmud.
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  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: The Jewish Publication Society; 1st edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082760730X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827607309
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 12, 2006
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The Oral Torah was handed down for generations from Moses. It is the complement to the Written Torah. Keep in mind that the original Torah was written without vowels or punctuation; the implication being that there had to be an oral Torah to understand the written one. Midrash refers to stories and details from the Oral Torah that clarify and add to stories in the Torah. The Oral Torah wasn't codified in the Talmud until about a millennium ago when anti-Semitism was so intense it appeared that the Oral Torah would be lost to posterity.

This book is presented in an easy concise format. The authors explain all of the Hebrew words that are used. The actual Biblical texts are juxtaposed with the Midrashic texts for easy comparison. Then each is followed by a D'rash, a short commentary. The root word of d'rash means to investigate. A lot of Christians tend to shy away from Jewish commentaries and such books are rarely sold in Christian books stores, even though Christians believe in the Hebrew Bible, the so called Old Testament. This is unfortunate because they are really missing out on a lot. Very few Christian ministers were able to answer my questions pertaining to the Hebrew Bible. A couple of ministers I consulted had never even heard of the story of Tamar and Judah in Genesis 38. The Jewish people are named for Judah/Yehuda.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew D. Oram on May 12, 2009
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The goal of this book is laudable: to find short passages of traditional Jewish commentaries that can be explained to readers with modest religious knowledge. But the passages chosen usually offer little insight into either religion or life. Furthermore, the D'rashim seem oriented to children more than adults; they verge on the corny.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Perkins on March 26, 2007
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I rewrote this review because I am going through and deleting all my negative reviews. If, on the whole, I have nothing good to say about a book I say nothing. This one was on the bubble so I took another look. As a result I raised the rating one star. This is what I had to say several years ago:
I was a bit disappointed in this book which seems to take somewhat of a critical perspective of the Midrash. Their companion book on the Talmud suffers somewhat from the same general malady. In other words, the Midrash is inspirational, and inspired, stories but that is about it. That was my impression. However, in fairness to the authors this is one of the few books that even attempts to make the Midrash accessible to the average non-Yeshiva reader. Be aware though, that this book very much oversimplifies the concept and sometimes shows a shallowness of scholarly understanding. A book which I prefer is linked from here: Learning to Read Midrash is a better book for my money but certainly more challenging. Learning to Read Midrash

This is what I have to say now after having reread. Now I am not so dogmatic. I think my first review was a bit too harsh, but not too far off the mark. However, the work is fun, and takes a different approach than most books about the Midrash. I am rereading it now and would buy again. Thought provoking and entertaining.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sidney Q on December 12, 2011
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Needed this for a class. Looked through the various options and choose this one. Can't tell if it's been used or not. Arrived on time. Thanks.
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