Book Review: Reverberations of Sinai

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August 25, 2016 17:53

"Kahn’s unique biblical commentary is laced with penetrating psychological insights and written in elegant prose."

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Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai. (photo credit:Wikimedia Commons)

Rabbi Ari D. Kahn’s book series, Echoes of Eden, contains extraordinarily sophisticated essays on the weekly Torah reading. He has now published the fifth and final volume in this series, Sefer Devarim: Echoes of Sinai, just in time for the annual reading in synagogues of Deuteronomy.

A student of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, one of the greatest thinkers and yeshiva deans of the 20th century, Rabbi Kahn today directs foreign student programs and lectures in Jewish studies at Bar-Ilan University. In Echoes of Sinai, as in the previous four volumes of the Echoes of Eden series, the author flies deftly across biblical texts, through far-apart centuries and divergent scholarly disciplines. His method rests on plumbing traditional commentaries, alongside mystical glosses and less-well-known kabbalistic commentaries on the Bible, and eliciting overarching concepts that cross chapter boundaries.

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