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In the Shadow of a Burning Bush: Poems on Exodus 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1568091228
ISBN-10: 1568091222
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In the Shadow of a Burning Bush is Yakov Azriel's new haggadah for Israel and a record of his wrestling match with Jewish history, his conflicted love for the God who set that history in motion, and the joy and pain he feels when he thinks of the country that has been his home for nearly forty years. By using the Exodus narrative as the central motif in his extended series of elegant and technically brilliant poems, the poet is able to link biblical and modern Israel with the fate of Jews during the Holocaust. His complaint is that the One God who spoke to Moses and showed him the way to lead his people out of slavery in ancient Egypt remained silent during the Shoah and remains silent still, in the face of contemporary threats to the existence of his nation. Yakov Azriel writes with the clarity, love, and fierceness of the Hebrew prophets and, on the eve of Israel's 60th birthday, all of us should listen. --Charles Ades Fishman, author, Chopin's Piano, Country of Memory, The Death Mazurka, and other books, and editor of Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust

Drawing on his extensive knowledge of the Torah and the rabbinic texts, Yakov Azriel retells the story of Moses and the Exodus in a series of inspired poems. Like the authors of the Midrash, he reads between the lines and intuits the untold parts of the story. So too does he link many aspects of the biblical account with later episodes in Jewish history, such as the Holocaust. Azriel writes with the kind of authority rarely found among modern poets, with strong echoes of Hayim Nachman Bialik, whose biblical poems have themselves become sacred texts. --Howard Schwartz, author of Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism

Yakov Azriel has gifted us with a most heartfelt and soul stirring commentary on the Bible in his masterful work In the Shadow of a Burning Bush. I truly believe that it should be read by all as an important commentary to the Bible. --Shlomo Riskin, Chief Rabbi of Efrat, Israel, and Chancellor of Ohr Torah Stone Institutions

About the Author

Yakov Azriel was born in New York, in 1950, as Gerald Rosenkrantz. After receiving his B.A. in English literature, summa cum laude, at Brooklyn College, in 1971, he moved to Israel, where he changed his name to Yakov Azriel. He studied at the Mercaz HaRav Kook Yeshiva, in Jerusalem, and the Har-Etzion Yeshiva, in Alon-Shvut, Israel, and later completed an M.A., with distinction, and a doctorate in Judaica, concentrating on the stories of Rabbi Nachman of Braslav. His first book of poems, Threads from a Coat of Many Colors: Poems on Genesis, was published by Time Being Books, in 2005. Over ninety of his poems on Biblical and Jewish themes have been published in journals in the U.S., the U.K., and Israel since he began submitting poems, in 2000.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Time Being Books; 1 edition (September 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568091222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568091228
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the Shadow of a Burning Bush, Poems on Exodus by Yakov Azriel

These poems enter through Jacob's Garden, "Joseph's Death," and "The Burning Bush," emerging with a purified perspective expressed in a variety of forms, lengths, and biblical voices, who call through sonnets, villanelle, free verse, and refrains. Occasionally the time sequence gave me a jolt as Abraham, the creation story, and references to David and Solomon anachronistically appeared, and yet the poems effectively relate the realities of Exodus with deportation, concentration camps, and bombed school buses in modern Jerusalem.

I commend the publisher for providing this insightful companion to the first five books of the Bible, and thank Time Being Books for the review copy they so kindly provided. For lovers of poetry and the Bible, I especially recommend this title for its place in an important series of poetry books based on the Torah.
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The story of Exodus is one of the most cherished of the Bible, and "In the Shadow of a Burning Bush" discusses the events and moves readers with poems about the event. Established poet and biblical scholar Yakov Azriel applies his expertise to contents within, offering many insights through his work. "In the Shadow of a Burning Bush" will be treasured by those who value the book of Exodus as well as excellent poetry.
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