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5.0 out of 5 stars Short, Sweet and inspiring., October 29, 2011
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This review is from: Covenant & Conversation Genesis: The Book of Beginnings (Hardcover)
Each section of the book, covering the weekly reading of the Jewish Bible, consists of 4 short essays, some focusing more on literary analysis, some on major psychological, historical points etc. The strength of this book is its accessibility to those who have great knowledge of the text and those who don't. His essays often bring together the bigger picture in a way that reading the actual text can not always do. I am currently studying in a Orthodox Yeshiva (Jewish Academy) and weekly one of our head Rabbis give a lecture on the weekly reading and it's clear that Rabbi Sacks is brining unique views supported by many commentaries and can bring something new even to those learning these texts for a living, like me.

An important note is that the book will give the most benefit to those who have a familiarity with the details of the stories, as well as some familiarity with the text itself, but a quick read online of most translations or even a wikipedia summary would help and enhance the read of the book.

Another small criticism I have is that at time Rabbi Sacks deals closely with the text but at times he makes very broad claims based on major scientific and psychological finds and only ties them together, sometimes loosely, at the end of the mini essay, and then later he refers to his claim as though it were the most obvious thing in the world.

However, the ultimate point he is trying to make is often refreshing, beautiful, and rarely ever more overreaching than the claims of many classical Jewish commentators.

A worthwhile read I recommend to Jew and non-Jew alike.
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