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Rabbi Shalom Carmy moderates a discussion with Rabbi Allen Schwartz about his new book Conflict & Resolution in the Earl...
11/22/2020

Rabbi Shalom Carmy moderates a discussion with Rabbi Allen Schwartz about his new book Conflict & Resolution in the Early Prophets.

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11/20/2020

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New from Rabbi Jack AbramowitzFor two decades, Rabbi Jack Abramowitz has been the answer man for a number of Jewish orga...
11/19/2020

New from Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

For two decades, Rabbi Jack Abramowitz has been the answer man for a number of Jewish organizations. Now, some of his substantive yet down-to-earth Q&A are collected in print for the first time. Ask Rabbi Jack includes material from the Jew in the City website along with several never-before-seen exchanges. Topics include Tanach, mitzvot, halacha, Jewish philosophy and much more, including timely questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

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"[Rabbi] Angel does not shy away from the tough questions and provides insightful, deliberate and well-reasoned answers ...
11/16/2020
Rabbi Hayyim Angel

"[Rabbi] Angel does not shy away from the tough questions and provides insightful, deliberate and well-reasoned answers that will make you a better person." - Ben Rothke, The Jewish Link

"[Rabbi] Angel does not shy away from the tough questions and provides insightful, deliberate and well-reasoned answers that will make you a better person." - The Jewish Link

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11/13/2020

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Kodesh Press is Pleased to PresentTalmud on the MindExploring Chazal and Practical Psychology to Lead a Better LifeRabbi...
11/12/2020
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Kodesh Press is Pleased to Present

Talmud on the Mind
Exploring Chazal and Practical Psychology to Lead a Better Life
Rabbi Dr. Ethan Eisen
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Kodesh Press is dedicated to providing fine books of Jewish interest. The publications will be a blend of scholarly and popular titles, but will always strive towards excellence in whichever genre of Judaism they are aimed. Kodesh Press will build strong and long-term relationships with each of its....

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Our newest author, Rabbi Dr. Ethan Eisen, stopped by to discuss his book "Talmud on the Mind: Exploring Chazal and Practical Psychology to Lead a Better Life"
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11/06/2020

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"Rabbi Kahn’s erudition stretches from the Zohar to the contemporary Rabbi Yoel Bin Nun, from timeless Kabbalistic appro...
11/02/2020

"Rabbi Kahn’s erudition stretches from the Zohar to the contemporary Rabbi Yoel Bin Nun, from timeless Kabbalistic approaches to modern re-readings of the text. His lucid writing clarifies the most obscure concepts, such as God’s name Shaddai and its relation to tzimtzum, the manner in which God “constricted” Himself to create the Universe."

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10/16/2020

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Adam and Eve in the Garden: What’s the Moral?(based on the commentary of Shadal)We read it every year, and everyone know...
10/15/2020

Adam and Eve in the Garden: What’s the Moral?
(based on the commentary of Shadal)

We read it every year, and everyone knows the story. The first human couple are given an ideal place to live, but they forfeit the privilege by disobeying the one command they had been given—not to eat of the “tree of discerning good and evil.” The tale is so familiar that we may not take the time to ask ourselves, why does the Torah record this? What can we learn from the story? Does it have a moral?

On a very basic level, one might say that the lesson is, bad choices have consequences. Disobedience will be punished. But when one looks a little deeper, the picture may no longer appear so black and white. True, Adam and Eve were deprived of their idyllic existence and were subjected to a measure of pain and suffering in life. And yet the knowledge that they gained by eating the forbidden fruit was a priceless gift: knowing good from evil and operating by human will and not by animal instinct. One might even say that their net gain outweighed any punishment that they incurred.

In his commentary on the story of the Garden of Eden, Samuel David Luzzatto (Shadal) goes a step further. In his view, there really was no punishment. Here is his explanation (see Shadal on Genesis: Samuel David Luzzatto’s Interpretation of the Book of Beresh*t, pp. 104-106; emphases are mine):

“Man feels that he was born for trouble, that he is fated to undergo much more pain and suffering than any other creature, and he complains of this and begins to think ill of the principles of the Holy One, blessed is He. This is, however, untruthful and unjust, for God made man superior to all the creatures by creating him in His image, giving him mastery over all the forces, and endowing him with the wisdom to understand and to operate by free will, not by instinct—and this is all to his advantage. Yet by virtue of this additional knowledge and the sovereign power He granted him to operate by will, it follows inevitably that sometimes man chooses evil and injures himself; he broadens his desires and increases his pain; man’s own folly perverts his path, but he vents his rage upon God. Now man is ungrateful in complaining to God; he does not reflect and say, ‘Is it not a great and precious gift, the wisdom with which He favored me? How many great benefits do I derive from it! Why, then, should I be furious if I harm myself through it?’ After all, if one were to ask a man, ‘Would you prefer to change into an animal?’ there would be no doubt that he would not want to do this. If so, why should he rage over his suffering, which comes about only because he is a man of wisdom and not like an animal?

“Now God wanted to make it appear to man that He, Who knew what the end of the matter would be, did not want man to eat from the tree of knowledge, for He knew that much suffering would result to him from it. He warned the man of this, but he did not heed and was enticed by the tempter, who told him that he would only derive great benefits from it. He ate of the tree’s fruit, his eyes at once were opened, and this caused him endless trouble, vexation, and pain, which in fact resulted from the very nature of creation. God, however, announced them to him by way of a curse, as if this were the punishment for his sin of eating from the tree of knowledge...

“The moral of this story, then, is that man should not complain of his trouble, for it results only from his advantage and superiority of knowing good from evil and operating by will and not instinct. Man, moreover, desires this advantage and would not wish to exchange his glory with a herbivorous beast. Thus, it is as if he ate from the tree of knowledge out of his own free will. The benefit that follows clearly from all this is that man should realize that all his woes stem from the great good with which the Creator favored him—knowledge and understanding—and that he should be content with his lot, thanking God for good and for evil.”

In other words, the human condition is all a Divine setup—but ultimately we wouldn’t have it any other way. As Shadal concludes his comment, “If our ancestor had not eaten of that tree, then we, our children, and our children’s children would have been like animals, or like infants who even today do not know good from evil. Is it not good for us that he ate from the tree of knowledge? If so, we should not complain.”

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New from Rav Amnon Bazak! Starting PointShort Studies in the Text of Parashat Hashavua👉 Now available!👉 Free shipping on...
09/30/2020
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New from Rav Amnon Bazak! Starting Point
Short Studies in the Text of Parashat Hashavua
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2-volume hardcover set!   The return to the study of peshat in Tanakh in recent generations has brought to the forefront a renewed interest in methods of literary analysis and in uncovering layers of conceptual depth embedded within the text. This peshat–based approach enriches Talmud Torah, stre...

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"Only now is the public beginning to understand Israel’s critical role as a peacemaker in the Gulf, a key theme in my bo...
09/29/2020
With or without normalization, expert on Gulf sees Israel as regional peacemaker

"Only now is the public beginning to understand Israel’s critical role as a peacemaker in the Gulf, a key theme in my book."

Read the full Times of Israel interview with Sigurd Neubauer, author of "The Gulf Region and Israel: Old Struggles, New Alliances"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/with-or-without-normalization-expert-on-gulf-sees-israel-as-regional-peacemaker/#comments

In new book on Middle East's changing alliances, Sigurd Neubauer explores Jerusalem's little-known role as mediator in rivalries between Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar

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09/23/2020
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Brand new from Rabbi Hayyim Angel!

Now Available! Free shipping on orders of $50 There are few Orthodox thinkers who possess Rabbi Hayyim Angel’s stunning mastery of contemporary rabbinic and academic scholarship, drawn together here in a lucid and timely illumination of the major ideological issues facing traditional Jews in the 2...

Kodesh Press is Pleased to PresentStarting Point:Short Studies in the Text of Parashat HashavuaRabbi Amnon Bazaklink in ...
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Starting Point:
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09/09/2020
How Israel Emerged as an Unlikely Peacemaker in the Middle East

In case you missed the zoom launch for "The Gulf Region and Israel: Old Struggles, New Alliances" by Sigurd Neubauer, here's your chance to watch!

With a full discussion about the unfolding Israel-UAE agreement, with panelists Mary Beth Long (Fmr. US Assistant Secretary of Defense), Professor Houchang Hassan-Yari (Professor of Military and Strategic Issues & Middle East), Yoel Guzansky (Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies), moderated by Col. David Des Roches (Professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Security Studies)

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A Book Launch and Panel Discussion of The Gulf Region and Israel: Old Struggles, New Alliances by Sigurd Neubauer, moderated by David Des Roches, with Paneli...

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08/31/2020

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08/23/2020
Rav Kook 85th Yahrtzeit Shiur w/ Rabbi Bezalel Naor

Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook (1865-1935) served as the Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Erets Israel during the period of the British mandate. Rav Kook was a polymath, equally talented as a Talmudic legalist and rationalist philosopher, on the one hand, and as a mystic and poet, on the other.Rabbi Bezalel Naor is a lifelong student of the teachings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook. Naor is the author of original studies of Jewish Thought in both English and Hebrew.

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08/11/2020

RAV KOOK YAHRTZEIT SHIUR

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August 23, 10 AM NY Time

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Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook (1865-1935) served as the Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Erets Israel during the period of the British mandate. Rav Kook was a polymath, equally talented as a Talmudic legalist and rationalist philosopher, on the one hand, and as a mystic and poet, on the other.
Rabbi Bezalel Naor is a lifelong student of the teachings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook. Naor is the author of original studies of Jewish Thought in both English and Hebrew.
This shi'ur is hosted by Kodesh Press, which is proud to have published two of Rav Naor's books on Rav Kook

The Legends of Rabbah Bar Bar Hannah
When God Becomes History

Both available at kodeshpress.com

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