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Peninim of the Torah
By Rabbi A. L. Scheimbaum
Peninim Publications, 2010, 381 pages
ISBN 0-9635120-0-5

Reviewed by Israel Drazin - April 8, 2010

Rabbi Scheinbaum of the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland offers his readers several short insightful commentaries on each of the weekly Torah readings, none usually exceeding two pages. He draws upon the classical Jewish commentaries and translations such as Rashi, the Midrashim, and the Targum, but most of his ideas are from more contemporary rabbis, such as the Dubno Maggid and Rabbi Aharon Kutler. The book is filled with stories that exemplify the teachings. The teachings emphasize faith in God, copying the behavior and accepting the teachings of pious rabbis, divine protection and aid, and the observance of the biblical and rabbinical commands.

Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of seventeen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides. The Orthodox Union (OU) and Yeshiva University publish weekly chapters of Drazin and Wagner's book Let's Study Onkelos on and on His website is

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