Monday, December 26, 2011

One More Holiday Gift

I know that Christmas has passed and Chanukah is almost over.  I should have written this post some weeks ago.  But it's never too late to share reading ideas for the year; so, consider this my end-of-the-year holiday bonus.  I only wish I could afford to buy everyone a copy of this most wonderful book.

I am speaking about Exodus: the Book of Redemption, from the Covenant & Conversation: A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible series, by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.  Rabbi Sacks is the Chief Rabbi of the Commonwealth of England, and one of the most erudite of modern Jewish scholars.

His books are written for everyone, Jewish or not.  This recent book is the most wonderful interpretation of the book we call Shemot (Names) and known most widely as Exodus.  It is, at it's heart, the telling of the freeing of the Hebrew slaves from the bondage of Egyptian oppression.  But it is so much more.  It is the story of the birth of a nation, the reasons why Jews are commanded to act a certain way in the world, and what "Being Chosen" really means.  It's not so "hotsy-totsy" after all.

If you ever wanted to know these thing about the Jewish people (and of course, one person cannot speak for all), this is one of his best books, among so many good books.

Have a happy Gregorian New Year!!!!

Exodus: The Book of Redemption

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