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Let My Nation Serve Me
Let My Nation Serve Me
Marching to Sinai to Receive the Torah
By Yosef Deutsch
ArtScroll History Series - Mesorah Publications, New York: 2004
Reviewed by Auggie Moore - November 3, 2008
During the Pesach (Passover) Seder, we retell the experiences of the Jews in Egypt and their miraculous escape from Pharaoh and his great army, but what happened next? In Let My Nation Serve Me, Yosef Deutsch picks up the Pesach story just after the Jews crossed the Red Sea, after its miraculous splitting. From this starting point, he takes readers on a wondrous journey across the desert to the foot of Har Sinai (Mount Sinai) and gives you the opportunity to experience the wonder and joy of Matan Torah (the giving of the Torah).
Let My Nation Serve Me is a gripping novel that will keep you mesmerized from the very first page - even if you already know how the story is going to end. Deutsch's writing is energetic, vibrant, and emotionally powerful. While reading this story I almost felt as if I was walking with the Israelites in the desert, witnessing the same miracles they witnessed, and suffering the same doubts and fears that the Jewish people must have felt during their long journey. Along the way you will meet many well-known Biblical figures such as Moshe (Moses), Aharon (Aaron), Miriam, and many other notables. You will also experience events such as the attack of the Amaleks, the breaking of the Luchos (the tablets upon which the Ten Commandments were written), the building of the Golden Calf, and HaShem's ultimate forgiveness of the Jewish people for their sins and their acceptance of the Torah for all time. It is said that every Jewish soul that will ever be born was present at Matan Torah. This book will make you feel as if you were there in the flesh!
Although technically a work of fiction, Let My Nation Serve Me is solidly based upon Talmudic and Midrashic sources. It even includes extensive footnotes allowing the reader to verify this information for themselves, or to study the topics covered in more detail. Most important, even if you are thoroughly familiar with the history of the Exodus and the Giving of the Torah, you will find this story not only exhilarating, but also inspirational and informative.
In addition to this book, Yosef Deutsch is also the author of Let My Nation Go (the story of Pesach) and Let My Nation Live (the story of Purim). Like these other two book, Let My Nation Serve Me is a meticulously researched book that provides an unforgettable recounting of a pivotal moment in Jewish history and religious life. Deutsch's writing transports you back in time, letting you witness these wondrous events for yourself. This allows you to gain unique spiritual insights into the events surround Matan Torah. This book will enliven your Shavuot (Shavous) celebration, entertain your spirit, and give you a new and deeper appreciate for what the Israelites endured on their journey to Mount Sinai, and their wonderment and joy at being allowed to receive the Torah.
I highly recommend Let My Nation Serve Me to readers of all ages, as both as compelling, emotionally riveting novel and inspirational narrative of one of, if not the most, pivotal point in Jewish history!
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