Covenant & Conversation: Genesis: The Book of Beginningsby Jonathan Sacks
The Torah is an encounter between past and present, moment and eternity, that frames Jewish consciousness. In this first volume of the long-anticipated five-volume collection of parashat hashavua, Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks explores these intersections as they relate to universal concerns of freedom, love, responsibility, identity and destiny. Rabbi Sacks fuses
The Torah is an encounter between past and present, moment and eternity, that frames Jewish consciousness. In this first volume of the long-anticipated five-volume collection of parashat hashavua, Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks explores these intersections as they relate to universal concerns of freedom, love, responsibility, identity and destiny. Rabbi Sacks fuses Jewish tradition, Western philosophy and literature to present a highly developed understanding of the human condition under God's sovereignty. Erudite and eloquent, Covenant & Conversation allows us to experience Rabbi Sacks sophisticated approach to life lived in an ongoing dialogue with the Torah. Winner of the National Jewish Book Award, 2009.
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Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has written a wonderful, valuable reading of Genesis. This work is profoundly important for people of all faiths, and it would be of great benefit to agnostic and atheistic persons. His subject matter is the book of Genesis, and his reading of this book is based not only on his knowledge of Torah but his understanding of Western philosophy, so he readily illustrates points which I found quite valuable, such as the difference between Aristotle's view of God and Abraham's relation with God. I know that atheism is now a popular attachment. Few readers of Dawkins and Hitchens could read this work without doubting their popular beliefs. This is a wonderful book by a great writer and a great thinker.
More insight into the inadvertant nook mis-labelling of the first and second books. For some reason, the nook has the same reviews for the first and second books in this series. When I posted the warning review that the Genesis Book was mislabeled the Exodus Book on the Genesis Book, it also shows in the same review for Exodus Book. I Found this when I was sampling and getting reading to buy the Exodus Book after completing reading the Genesis Book. Now I see that not only are the reviews combined and the description of the Genesis Book mislabeled the Exodus Book, but that the Exodus Book in its description is likewise mislabeled labeled as the Genesis Book. If you sample and then buy each, you will see this and it will be self correcting as you will correctly have both books regardless of their descriptions and combined reviews. BTW, I am now reading the Exodus Book and it continues the brilliant writing and interpretations that the Genesis Book had only in relation to Exodus. Rabbi Sacks is brilliant. Apparently., there will be similar books on the remaining 3 Torah books forthcoming as of now sometime in the future that as of now are not yet out. Looking forward to them.
This book presents a thoughtful, committed reader with a collection of beautifully written insights into the portions of the week , that are not only thoughtful and provocative, but also help make the Torah relevant for today.