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Joyous Torah Treasures
Joyous Torah Treasures, 2 Volume Set
A Collection of Rabbinic Insights and Practical Advice for Daily Living
By Sam Friedman, M.D.
Devora Publishing (2008)
Reviewed by Boris Segel - May 11, 2009
Organized around the weekly Torah portion, Joyous Torah Treasures is not your usual Divrei Torah book, in that it is not strictly a book of commentaries. Instead of trying to simply provide an analysis of the Torah portion, it contains a collection of Rabbinic insights concerned with the specific theme of each reading that are designed to engage the reader in deeper thought about the theme under study. They also help to stimulate family-oriented conversations between yourself and others, as well as between yourself and HaShem. The essays in this collection help to highlight moral and ethical issues that you are likely to face on a daily basis, and they offer sage, Torah-centered advice that will help you to deal with these issues. In the process, the discourses set forth in the book also serve as a source of practical advice that can be applied to all aspects of your daily life.
Joyous Torah Treasures was written by Dr. Sam Friedman, and it is a work of erudition that is infused with a love of Torah. This book is written in such a manner as to engage the entire family, and as such is perfect for family readings and discussions and they will help you and your children develop better middos. It is filled with a wealth of information garnered from both ancient and modern sources, ranging from traditional commentators such as Rabbi Akiva, Rashi, Rambam, as well as modern ones such as Rabbi Eliyahu ben Shlomo Zalman (the Vilna Gaon), Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Rabbi Herschel Schachter, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk, and many, many more. Joyous Torah Treasures is perfect for use as a study aid and for gathering information for speeches and discussions.
For each Torah reading, Dr. Friedman has included two unique essays. One essay concentrates on the Rabbinic interpretations of the Torah portion, and the other concentrates on how to use the Sages' teaching to help you live a more meaningful, Torah-centered, and satisfying life. The combination of these two different types of essays makes this book one that can be studied and read year after year, and you can make each cycle of readings unique by selecting a different assortment of essays to study. It is also a book that will serve as an excellent and uplifting reference book that will make a worthwhile addition to every home and school library.
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