Category: Book Reviews

One of the most important books ever writen

When I studied philosophy in graduate school many years ago, we had a distinguished visiting Jewish professor from Harvard University who taught about Maimonides. He taught us that Ibn Tufayl’s book made a profound effect upon Maimonides and caused him to write his books for two audiences; intellectuals would find profound truths in the books […]

Who were Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi?

Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi Prophecy in an Age of Uncertainty By Hayyim Angel   Very few people know much about the three final prophets Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. They do not know when they lived, did they live at the same time, what did they say, what kind of contribution did they make to the […]

Wonderful Agnon stories

A Book That Was Lost Thirty-five Stories By S. Y. Agnon   Toby Press’s 2008 volume of “A Book That Was lost” contains ten more short stories than Schocken Press’s 1995 version, and thereby includes all the stories that are published in Agnon’s book entitled “Twenty-One Stories.” The stories show how great a writer Agnon […]

A graphic novel with 3 Agnon stories

From Foe to Friend & Other Stories By S. Y. Agnon A Graphic Novel by Shay Charka   Toby Press, which is part of Koren Press, one of Israel’s best publishing houses, has published twelve books in English translation by the famed Nobel Prize winning author S. Y. Agnon (1888-1970) and one graphic novel based […]

Maimonides disparages morality

                                                                                           Maimonides Disparages Morality     One book of the Talmud […]

The very strange philosophy of Moses Cordovero

  The Palm Tree of Devorah By Rabbi Moshe Cordovero   Two books by two men called Moses describe proper behavior from the two ends of polar reasoning: Moses (Hebrew, Moshe) Cordovero tells what he considered how God wants people to act and think from a mystical perspective in his “The Palm Tree of Deborah […]

A delightful book by Agnon

In Mr. Lublin’s Store By S. Y. Agnon   The 1966 Nobel Prize winner in Literature was the Israeli S. Y. Agnon’s (1888-1970). His final novel “In Mr. Lublin’s Store” prompts readers to ask what he intended as the central theme of this work. He left it to readers to discover his intent. This is […]

The theology of Rabbi Soloveitchik

  Abraham’s Journey: Reflections on the Life of the Founding Patriarch By Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik   This is one of more than a dozen posthumous writings assembled, edited, and published by The Toras Horav Foundation based on writings collected from various sources by the famed Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (1903-1993). This volume contains ten […]

The Bible Doesn’t Say That

  Joel M. Hoffman’s book “The Bible Doesn’t Say That” is certainly correct that people read ideas, teachings, commands and whatever else they want to find into the biblical words and events that the words do not say and which is not at all explicit in the biblical events. Since religion, or at least some […]

The truth about messiahs

                                                                The truth about Messiahs   There are many books about the messiah. Some claim that we can expect a miraculous appearance of the messiah. Some, such as Patai’s and Rabow’s books tell about the dozens of false messiahs that appeared in the past and continue to appear today. Still others, such as Maimonides’s […]

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