Covenant & Conversation
Covenant & Conversation: Genesis: The Book of Beginningsby Jonathan Sacks
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This collection makes Rabbi Jonathan Sacks' brilliant essays on the weekly Torah portion available in book form for the first time. Rabbi Sacks fuses Jewish tradition, Western philosophy and literature to present a highly developed understanding of the human condition under God's sovereignty. This first volume in the five-volume series includes several concise essays for each parasha of Bereshit.
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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.