By Brian Weinstein (184 Pages)Publisher: iUniverse, 2010
Reading and thinking about holy texts is at the heart of Jewish identity for laypersons as well as for scholars and clergy. Using his training in the social science and research into history, archaeology, politics, sociology and language, the author compiled 54 commentaries on the parashot (weekly Torah reading) from talks he gave at Adas Israel, Washington, DC.
"For Ezra had dedicated himself to study the Teaching of the Lord so as to observe it, and to reach laws and rules to Israel." (Ezra 7:10)
"The Holy One, blessed be He, says: If a man occupies himself with the study of the Torah and with works of charity and prays with the congregation, I account it to him as if he had redeemed Me and My children from among the nations of the world." (Babylonian Talmud, Berakhot, 8a)