Judaism book extracts

How the Torah Changed the World

February 9, 2012



Letters to the Next Generation 2

September 28, 2011

You can download the whole work here.



Sarah Laughed – Modern Lessons from the Wisdom & Stories of Biblical Women

June 24, 2011

Vanessa Ochs
JPS (distributed in UK by Eurospan) £14.50

In an extract from her new book, "Sarah Laughed", Vanessa Ochs explores what women can learn today from the episode of the daughters of Zelophehad, who petitioned Moses to inherit their father's estate.


A Father Mourns His Murdered Son

March 4, 2011

Avraham David Moses was one of eight people gunned down in a terrorist attack on the Mercaz Harav Yeshivah in Jerusalem on March 6 2008. In an extract from his forthcoming book Mourning under Glass, his father Naftali Moses turns to the Zohar to try to come to terms with the loss of his 16-year-old son.

For book details, see www.tragic-death.com



When Rabbis Wore Dog Collars

January 10, 2011

To Be Continued
Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
MandelbaumPublishing, Australia, £16 (plus postage)

They sent me to a clerical outfitter in London's West End to get a ministerial cap and gown. Now I could look the part when I stood in front of a congregation, though some of my fellow students suspected that there was sha'atnez in the robes supplied by this particular shop.


On Chanucah and Jewish Nationalism

October 26, 2010

Silver From the Land of Israel - A New Light on the Sabbath and Holydays from the writings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook

By Rabbi Chanan Morrison,
Urim Publications, $27.95


Is there something idealistic and holy in loving the Jewish people? Or is this just another form of nationalism, an emotion far less noble than a universal love for all peoples?


The minimal obligation during Chanucah is to light one candle each night of the holiday. The academies of Hillel and Shammai, however, disagreed as to the optimal way to light:


What Kabbalah can teach the new Jewish world

June 21, 2010

Judaism Today
Dan Cohn Sherbok
Continuum, £14.99


Exile and Redemption: the Lubavitcher Rebbe on Pesach

March 15, 2010

The Kol Menachem Haggadah - Slager Edition, The Gutnick Library of Jewish Classics, Compiled by Rabbi Chaim Miller, Kol Menachem, £19.99

From the Haggadah:

Blessed is He Who keeps His Promise to the Jewish People!


Why we had to get married twice

March 11, 2010

Many couples from mixed United Synagogue–Masorti backgrounds feel coerced into holding dual ceremonies. Two Masorti families described their experiences.

“In 2009,” related the first, “our daughter was married in a Masorti synagogue, according to the law of Moses and of Israel, by Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, before Shabbat-observant witnesses. The following day, she stood under a tallit in our sitting-room with her new husband for a shadow ceremony which apparently fulfilled the law of Jonathan Sacks and of the United Synagogue.


The Chief Rabbi on Genesis

November 10, 2009

Genesis, the book of Bereshit, is as its name suggests, about beginnings: the birth of the universe, the origins of humanity, and the first chapters in the story of the people that would be known as Israel or (after the Babylonian exile) the Jews.

It tells of how this people began, first as an individual, Abraham, who heard a call to leave his land, birthplace and father’s house and begin a journey, then as a family; it closes as the extended family stands on the threshold of becoming a nation.