Historical Perspectives Through the Torah's Lenses. By Rabbi David Cohen Translated by: Sarah Cohen (192 Pages)Publisher: Mesorah, 1999
In this brilliant study, Rabbi Cohen looks at Jewish history through the lens of the Rabbinic principle that "the deeds of the forefathers are portents for their offspring." The lives of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs are "templates," i.e., patterns for the future history of the Jewish people. Following in the footsteps of classic commentators who have used this principle, Rabbi Cohen takes us on a fascinating tour of Jewish history, using the road map of the Torah. Drawing on his encyclopedic knowledge of Talmudic and Midrashic sources and his complete familiarity with the history they portend, he shows how countless events and epochs of the past are foreshadowed in the Torah. This volume is incredibly informative and enriching.