Torah Revealed: Talmudic Masters Unveil the Secrets of the Bible

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Throughout the ages, rabbis and scholars have offered their wise and inspirational commentary on the Torah, the Five Books of Moses. These commentaries were transmitted from generation to generation through oral tradition. About two thousand years ago, however, this oral tradition began to be preserved in what was eventually known as the Talmud. The Talmud’s vast wealth of wisdom is contained in sixty-three volumes.

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Overview

Throughout the ages, rabbis and scholars have offered their wise and inspirational commentary on the Torah, the Five Books of Moses. These commentaries were transmitted from generation to generation through oral tradition. About two thousand years ago, however, this oral tradition began to be preserved in what was eventually known as the Talmud. The Talmud’s vast wealth of wisdom is contained in sixty-three volumes.

Studying the written Torah with its oral component offers a taste of the Torah in its purest form–the Torah and Jewish tradition as transmitted by God to Moses at Sinai.

In The Torah Revealed, distinguished Rabbi Avraham Yaakov Finkel brings together in one comprehensive and accessible resource expert commentary from the Talmud on key passages contained in every portion of the Torah. This important book provides an inspiring commentary on the Five Books of Moses culled from a huge body of work that represents the thoughts of the greatest talmudic authorities of all time.

This book offers an invaluable guide for rabbis preparing their weekly sermons, individuals wanting to understand the deeper meaning of the "parsha," and students of the Torah and Talmud needing an expert analysis and explanation of the written text. The Torah Revealed helps readers to understand the significance of the Torah’s passages, illuminating explicit stories, underlying allegories, metaphors, and symbolic meanings. It highlights the lessons that can be learned and applied to our daily lives and the different ways the passages can be interpreted.

The Torah Revealed offers us a special opportunity to experience the rare nature and exhilaration of Torah study as we listen to, internalize, and ultimately participate in the transmission of eternal wisdom that is at the core of the Jewish spiritual heritage.

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“From time immemorial our experts have striven to show how the written Torah and the oral Torah are two sides of the same coin. Rabbi Avraham Yaakov Finkel has utilized his manifold talents of research, elucidation and presentation to create a noteworthy commentary that fuses the written with the oral. I believe that this will remain a lasting literary achievement.”—Rabbi David Cohen, Congregation Gvul Yaavetz, Brooklyn, New York

 “The noted author Rabbi Avraham Yaakov Finkel has offered up yet another indispensable literary offering at the table of the Jewish world. The Torah Revealed is a contribution that will enrich the scholar and layman alike. One is immediately introduced to the related teachings of rabbinic literature gleaned from the vast corpus of the Talmud and Midrash. This wealth of information has been carefully collected and organized from the broad and multifaceted body of rabbinic writings. My beracha is that the author continue to produce works of high quality and scholarship that not only enlighten but give everyone the inspiration to fulfill their own potential and greatness.”—Rabbi Noach Isaac Oelbaum, Congregation Nachlas Yitzchok

 “The prolific author in this his newest book has made a similar contribution to English Judaica literature that is similar to the one made to Hebrew literature by Rabbi Boruch Epstein over one hundred years ago in the highly acclaimed Torah Temima. May Rabbi Finkel have the merit to continue to enrich English-speaking Jewish homes with his faithful rendition of our illustrious heritage.” —Yisroel Rokowsky, Rosh Haeshiva, Ohr Somayach, Tannenbaum Educational Center

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787969202
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/16/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Avraham Yaakov Finkel was born in Basel, Switzerland, and lived in the Hague, Netherlands, until 1942, when the Nazis deported him to Bergen-Belsen. He is the author of many books including The Great Torah Commentators, The Great Chasidic Masters, and In My Flesh I See God. He has also translated numerous works, including several volumes of Mishneh Torah, the compendium of all Jewish laws by Maimonides, Selected Letters by Maimonides, and the classic work based on the Talmud, Ein Yaakov. He resides in New York with his wife, Suri.

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An Essential Resource for Understanding the True Meaning of the Torah

"From time immemorial our experts have striven to show how the Written Torah and the Oral Torah are two sides of the same coin. Rabbi Avraham Yaakov Finkel has utilized his manifold talents of research, elucidation, and presentation to create a noteworthy commentary that fuses the written with the oral. I believe that this will remain a lasting literary achievement."
—Rabbi David Cohen, Congregation Gvul Yaavetz, Brooklyn, New York

"The noted author Rabbi Avraham Yaakov Finkel has offered up yet another indispensable literary offering at the table of the Jewish world. The Torah Revealed is a contribution that will enrich the scholar and layman alike. One is immediately introduced to the related teachings of rabbinic literature gleaned from the vast corpus of the Talmud and Midrash. This wealth of information has been carefully collected and organized from the broad and multifaceted body of rabbinic writings. My beracha is that the author continue to produce works of high quality and scholarship that not only enlighten but give everyone the inspiration to fulfill their own potential and greatness."
—Rabbi Noach Isaac Oelbaum, Congregation Nachlas Yitzchok, Kew Gardens, Hills, New York

"The prolific author in this his newest book has made a contribution to English Judaica literature that is similar to the one made to Hebrew literature by Rabbi Boruch Epstein over one hundred years ago in the highly acclaimed Torah Temima. May Rabbi Finkel have the merit to continue to enrich English-speaking Jewish homes with his faithful rendition of our illustrious heritage."
—Yisroel Rokowsky, Rosh HaYeshiva, Ohr Somayach, Tanenbaum Educational Center, Monsey, New York

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
1 Torah Portion: Bereishit, Genesis 1:1-6:8 3
2 Torah Portion: Noah, Genesis 6:9-11:32 24
3 Torah Portion: Lech Lecha, Genesis 12:1-17:27 32
4 Torah Portion: Vayeira, Genesis 18:1-22:24 39
5 Torah Portion: Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23:1-25:18 47
6 Torah Portion: Toledot, Genesis 25:19-28:9 52
7 Torah Portion: Yayetzei, Genesis 28:10-32:3 58
8 Torah Portion: Vayishlach, Genesis 32:4-36:43 64
9 Torah Portion: Vayeishev, Genesis 37:1-40:23 70
10 Torah Portion: Mikeitz, Genesis 41:1-44:17 77
11 Torah Portion: Vayigash, Genesis 44:18-47:27 82
12 Torah Portion: Vayechi, Genesis 47:28-50:26 86
13 Torah Portion: Shemot, Exodus 1:1-6:1 93
14 Torah Portion: Va'era, Exodus 6:2-9:35 100
15 Torah Portion: Bo, Exodus 10:1-13:16 104
16 Torah Portion: Beshalach, Exodus 13:17-17:16 109
17 Torah Portion: Yitro, Exodus 18:1-20:23 116
18 Torah Portion: Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1-24:18 122
19 Torah Portion: Terumah, Exodus 25:1-27:19 129
20 Torah Portion: Tetzaveh, Exodus 27:20-30:10 133
21 Torah Portion: Ki Tisa, Exodus 30:11-34:35 137
22 Torah Portion: Vayakhel, Exodus 35:1-38:20 144
23 Torah Portion: Pekudei, Exodus 38:21-40:38 148
24 Torah Portion: Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1-5:26 153
25 Torah Portion: Tzav, Leviticus 6:1-8:36 158
26 Torah Portion: Shemini, Leviticus 9:1-11:47 161
27 Torah Portion: Tazria, Leviticus 12:1-13:59 166
28 Torah Portion: Metzora, Leviticus 14:1-15:33 170
29 Torah Portion: Acharei Mot, Leviticus 16:1-18:30 174
30 Torah Portion: Kedoshim, Leviticus 19:1-20:27 178
31 Torah Portion: Emor, Leviticus 21:1-24:23 186
32 Torah Portion: Behar, Leviticus 25:1-26:2 192
33 Torah Portion: Bechukotai, Leviticus 26:3-27:34 196
34 Torah Portion: Bamidbar, Numbers 1:1-4:20 203
35 Torah Portion: Naso, Numbers 4:21-7:89 206
36 Torah Portion: Beha'alotecha, Numbers 8:1-12:16 216
37 Torah Portion: Shelach, Numbers 13:1-15:41 222
38 Torah Portion: Korach, Numbers 16:1-18:32 229
39 Torah Portion: Chukat, Numbers 19:1-22:1 233
40 Torah Portion: Balak, Numbers 22:2-25:9 240
41 Torah Portion: Pinchas, Numbers 25:10-30:1 247
42 Torah Portion: Matot, Numbers 30:2-32:42 254
43 Torah Portion: Masei, Numbers 33:1-36:13 259
44 Torah Portion: Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:2 267
45 Torah Portion: Va'etchanan, Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 273
46 Torah Portion: Eikev, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25 282
47 Torah Portion: Re'eh, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17 290
48 Torah Portion: Shofetim, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9 299
49 Torah Portion: Ki Teitzei, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19 306
50 Torah Portion: Ki Tavo, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8 316
51 Torah Portion: Nitzavim, Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20 323
52 Torah Portion: Vayelech, Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30 329
53 Torah Portion: Haazinu, Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52 335
54 Torah Portion: Vezot Haberachah, Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12 343
Glossary 355
Bibliography 359
The Author 363
Index 365
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