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Something Old, Something New: Pearls from the Torah Hardcover – July 23, 2018
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''For me, writing words of acclaim for Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran's excellent new book is an opportunity for celebration. I celebrate the book, and I celebrate a friendship which spans more than a half-century. The book, a collection of the distinguished author's essays on the weekly Torah portion, reflects the author's erudition and literary skills. Moreover, it contains his penetrating insights into a wide range of contemporary issues, insights which reflect his creativity and perspicacity, as well as his courage. These insights are the product of Rabbi Safran's decades of experience in an astounding variety of community leadership roles. I have also discerned the influence of his prestigious ancestors in his writing, particularly in his passionate concern for the entirety of the Jewish people. This book will enable the reader to taste a special delicacy: ''Old wine in a new container''. Most of all, it will enhance and enrich the conversations of many a Shabbat table. With admiration and abiding friendship.'' --Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Executive Vice President, Emeritus Orthodox Union
''Rabbi Eliyahu Safran's volume on Parashat HaShavua is a delight to both the mind and the heart. With keen insight, Rabbi Safran poses questions that plumb the deeper meaning of the text and leavens his analysis with psychology and a profound understanding of human nature. Replete with sensitivity, warmth and wisdom, Rabbi Safran's commentary is a gentle reminder that the path to understanding the Torah is paved with feeling as well as intellect.'' --Rabbi Menachem Genack, Chief Executive Officer - OU Kosher
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The writing is exquisite, every word just exactly right.
It shows a new perspective on the Torah, the words relevant and fresh.
What a gift.
Rabbi Safran delights his readers with simple to understand concepts of the Torah. Each week's chapter is meant to provide insight into the topics discussed. In his attempt to explain the crux of the תורה למעשה, Eliyahu exhibits his master craftsmanship, skillfully weaving his stories into one another, so that the פרשות fit neatly together, each one corroborating the lessons from the portion before and after itself. It takes a very intuitive mind to accomplish such a feat, and it represents an ability that is quite uncommon. Anyone who picks up this masterpiece is assured both an interesting and relevant read, whilst being given exposure to not-so-mundane yet extremely understandable topics hidden in the depths of the Pentateuch.
The volume is a wonderful part of any Jewish library