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This month’s selections have been provided by Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb. Rabbi Weinreb is the editor-in-chief of the Noé Edition Koren Talmud Bavli, Executive Vice President Emeritus of the OU, longtime spiritual leader of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Baltimore and author of several wonderful books including The Person in the Parasha from Maggid Books and the outstanding commentary featured in the Rohr Family Edition Koren Tehillim.
The Koren Rav Kook Siddur is an excellent introduction to Rav Kook’s thought and an inspiration for personal prayer. It incorporates all the merits of Rabbi Sacks’ masterful translation of the prayer services but builds new ideas and opens new worlds of understanding of the siddur.
Rabbi Eliyahu Dordek has created an easy to study edition of this core work. Using an innovative layout, varying fonts and formatting, as well as the brief and easy to read commentary of the Kav v’Naki, the Mishna Sdura series is an essential for every Jewish library.
Reference Guide to the Talmud is a must for beginners, and a treasure trove of information for advanced students. The Reference Guide clearly and concisely explains the Talmud’s fundamental structure, concepts, terminology, assumptions, and inner logic; provides essential historical and biographical information; and includes appendixes, a key to abbreviations, and a comprehensive index.
Unlike many publications from the Ofeq Institute which are designed for scholars, this work is written for a wider audience in simpler Hebrew. It is of general human interest: kibud av v’em (honoring parents), child rearing, and principles of education. Even if Hebrew is usually intimidating to you, this book is worth taking the time to sit and learn.
The Blessing of a Broken Heart is a mother’s reaction to her son’s violent death at the hands of sadistic murderers. She does not blunt the horror and unspeakable grief of her tragedy, yet is able to leave the reader with a sense of consolation and with admiration for her courage and resilience.