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Pathways of the Prophets
A Treasury of Torah Thought and Law
Looking at Ourselves Through the Lens of the Prophets
By Rabbi Yisroel Reisman
Mesorah Publications, New York: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4226-0893-7

Reviewed by Boris Segel - August 3, 2009

Rabbi Yisroel Reisman is renowned for his Navi Shiur that he regularly gives on Motza'ei Shabbos at Congregation Ahi Ezer in Brooklyn, NY. In his new book, Pathways of the Prophets he provides an insightful collection of essays that allow us to look at ourselves, our daily lives, and current events through the perspective of the prophets. While this book does not directly cover topics already given in Rabbi Reisman's Navi Shiurim, it does provide readers, both for those that are familiar with Rabbi Reisman, and those new to his work, an opportunity to study with an outstanding teacher, scholar, and posek.

The book is divided into three main sections.
  1. The first section Otzar HaMachshavah - A Treasury of Jewish Thought deals primarily with human nature. This section contains mainly Hashkafh Shiurim, and in them, Rabbi Reisman offers insights that will not only help you to improve your self-confidence, drive, and religious fervor, but which will also teach you strategies to deal with spiritual and physical challenges.

  2. The second section Otzar HaHalachah - A Treasury of Jewish Law, deals with a range of unusual topics, and includes shiur on such as Dikduk for Aramaic words and Astronomy for Beginners. All the lessons in this section can be classified as Halachah Shiurim and they offer lessons that can readily be applied to everyday life.

  3. The third section in this remarkable book deals with imponderables - questions that can be hard, if not impossible to answer. The Shiur in this section are intriguing, and they serve as a venue upon which lengthy discussions and study opportunities can develop.
Pathways of the Prophets is an uplifting and empowering book. Rabbi Reisman has a knack for getting to the heart of a matter, and providing guidance that will help you to learn from any problem or question that you might encounter. Most important, Rabbi Reisman's Shiurim provide keen insights into the ways of the Prophets, and his Shiurim will encourage both young and old to pursue their religious studies with greater vigor and appreciation for the wisdom to be found within the pages of the Prophets and how you can use their wisdom to improve your middos and to achieve greater spiritual fulfillment.

Pathways of the Prophets is a book that you will read over and over again, each time coming away with new insights and a deeper understanding of the topics discussed in the shiurium. Running the gamut from lectures on marriage to Torah study, these shiurium can be read straight through, or you can skip around reading on whatever topic happens to strike your interest at the moment. The text can be used not only as a study aid, but also as a source book for family discussions, personal reflection, and as an impetuses to start your own Motza'ei Shabbos (Saturday Night) study program.

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