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We thank Rabbis Jeffrey Saks and Chaim Strauchler of Tradition Journal for this insightful review of "A Theology of Holi...
06/23/2020
Tradition Journal

We thank Rabbis Jeffrey Saks and Chaim Strauchler of Tradition Journal for this insightful review of "A Theology of Holiness"

In modernity, the concept of "holiness" has been challenged. We possess the biblical texts and commentaries; we have the philosophers and the scholars. Yet, these are but fragments. We have no idea how the pieces fit together to create a lived holiness. We might paste together a recipe for holiness, but we cannot imbibe the final delicacy’s flavor. We must grope for a lost reality that animated so much of religious existence. Alec Goldstein's "A Theology of Holiness" (Kodesh Press) helps, suggests Chaim Strauchler in this new review.

06/18/2020

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Reading the Rav

New Review of Conflict & Resolution in the Early Prophets by Rabbi Allen Schwartz! Review by Rabbi Gil StudentIt is a fu...
06/17/2020
Conflict & Resolution in the Early Prophets | Kodesh Press

New Review of Conflict & Resolution in the Early Prophets by Rabbi Allen Schwartz! Review by Rabbi Gil Student

It is a fundamental belief of Judaism that God gave the Jews—both the Written and Oral Laws. This belief requires elaboration because seemingly it encompasses such a wide variety of laws and traditions that appear irreconcilable. For example, the Bible includes many stories in which characters ostensibly violate laws contained in either the Oral Torah or the Five Books of Moses. Students of both Biblical and rabbinic literature rightly note and question these many inconsistencies.

Of course, these students will also note that the Sages of the Talmud were well aware of these issues and addressed them in one fashion or another. Rabbi Allen Schwartz collects, categorizes and analyzes over 100 instances of apparent Biblical violations of Torah laws in the Early Prophets. He adds to this the resolutions contained in the Talmud, Midrash and early commentaries, the explanations that unite the Torah into a comprehensive whole.

For example, in Judges 13:4, an angel tells Samson’s mother to avoid unclean foods, implying that previously she had eaten non-kosher food. If that was the case, why wasn’t she chastised for her religious failings? The text seems to imply that keeping kosher is optional, a praiseworthy but not obligatory behavior. Rabbi Schwartz cites the Talmud (Sotah 9b) and Midrash (Bamidbar Rabbah 10:5) which explain that unclean food in this case does not refer to non-kosher food but rather to food not permitted to Nazirites.

Perhaps even more serious is Tamar’s telling her brother Amnon to forestall his sexual attack on her, that if he asks the king in a proper manner, he will allow them to marry (II Samuel 13:13). However, wouldn’t that be incest? The Talmud (Sanhedrin 21a) explains that Tamar was the daughter of a yefat to’ar, a captive maiden, which would remove her from the status of sister to Amnon.

Overall, Rabbi Schwartz categorizes four types of resolutions, of which the last acknowledges a violation of law albeit as a temporary measure within allowable confines. This valuable reference includes numerous citations from early and later commentators, as well as from academic literature. This volume would be even more valuable if a future edition includes a discussion of the plausibility of these resolutions. In my experience, while many rabbinic explanations seem implausible at first read, after delving into the subject from multiple angles, they grow in depth and reasonability.

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Schwartz has done a superb job — Jewish Link of New Jersey “This is an enlightening work marked by erudition, clarity, and analytical precision.” — Dr. David Berger, Dean of Bernard Revel Graduate School “lucid and erudite analysis of the rabbinic perspective” — Dr. Sid Leiman, Profess...

What does Kodesh Press have to say about the future of Jewish publishing? Find out in the latest issue of Jewish Action!...
06/15/2020
Turning a Page in the World of Jewish Publishing - Jewish Action

What does Kodesh Press have to say about the future of Jewish publishing? Find out in the latest issue of Jewish Action!

“Reading gives meaning, animates, educates and inspires,” says Rabbi Goldstein. “A great book should challenge the reader intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. There are times when I feel transformed after I read a book; when I can observe real changes in myself, that’s how I know it was a great book.”

“Personally, I think that people should read what they like, which is how you develop a love and appreciation for reading,” says Rabbi Goldstein. “Reading is a personal decision and a very private one. You can play a game or watch television with someone else, but you can’t read as a twosome.”
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Is It Praiseworthy or Sinful to Be a Nazir?based on "The Ethics of Numbers" by Rabbi Dr. Abba EngelbergThe majority of t...
06/04/2020

Is It Praiseworthy or Sinful to Be a Nazir?
based on "The Ethics of Numbers" by Rabbi Dr. Abba Engelberg

The majority of the nation cannot be priests, Levites, or princes, but every Jew has the ability to achieve holiness by becoming a Nazirite, concerning which the verse states: "All the days of his Nazirism he is holy unto the Lord" (Num. 6:8), which Sforno interprets as a promise that: “He will merit enlightenment in the light of life [sacred knowledge], which will enable him to understand and adequately teach the holiest people of his generation [and serve as a spiritual mentor for the nation].” …

On the other hand, there is reason to believe that the Torah wishes to discourage such behavior, for it says with regard to the sacrifices brought by a Nazirite who was inadvertently exposed to a dead body, that they "make atonement for him, for he sinned on account of the soul" (Num. 6:11)….

Torah Temimah (Num. 6:84) cites numerous Biblical and Talmudic sources opposed to the ascetic approach. For example, the verse from Isaiah (45:18): "He created it [the earth] not to be chaotic, [rather] He formed it to be lived in (Isa. 45:18)." The implication is that man was placed in this world to improve his surroundings and promote scientific developments which ease man's stay on earth and make it more livable. If man weakens himself by imposing extraneous restrictions not only is he not enjoying life in this world, but he is too weak to innovate.…

The option of becoming a Nazirite stresses the centrality of striving for self-improvement in this world, while later Judaic sources clarify that Judaism promotes enough cardinal values such as justice, mercy, social welfare, progress, fellowship, and equality, to keep one quite busy without looking for additional obligations.

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Rabbi Allen Schwartz Zoom Book Launch Mon 5/25 @ 8 PMConflict & Resolution in the Early Prophets
05/21/2020

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Conflict & Resolution in the Early Prophets

05/15/2020
Rabbi Abba Engelberg shares some secrets of The Ethics of Numbers

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05/06/2020
How can the Izhbitzer Rebbe's teachings change our lives? New from Kodesh Press

How can the Izhbitzer Rebbe's teachings change our lives?

“If avodas Hashem is about building a Mishkan in your heart… then we need to remember that our learning and davening add bricks, rooms, and floors”

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Parshat Kedoshim: What Does It Mean to Be Holy?A "wonderful masterpiece" - Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein"beyond impressive" -...
04/30/2020

Parshat Kedoshim: What Does It Mean to Be Holy?

A "wonderful masterpiece" - Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein
"beyond impressive" - Rabbi Jack Abramowitz
"most worthy of your attention and study" - Alan Jay Gerber
"everything you need to know on this topic" - Mitchell First
"this book has a profound impact" - Rabbi Ari Enkin

The idea of “holiness” is one of the hardest concepts to define. In Judaism, the word kodesh appears hundreds of times throughout Tanakh and the Talmud. A Theology of Holiness analyzes the meaning of "holiness" throughout the Talmud, Rashi, Maimonides, Nahmanides, Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, and Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.

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Today, we remember all of our fallen soldiers and victims of terror who gave so much for the land of Israel. May their נ...
04/28/2020

Today, we remember all of our fallen soldiers and victims of terror who gave so much for the land of Israel. May their נשמות have עליות and May their memories be blessings for their loving family and friends.

The odyssey of a “mountain boy” from the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Europe, via the Nazi concentration camps of the...
04/21/2020
The Principal | Kodesh Press

The odyssey of a “mountain boy” from the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Europe, via the Nazi concentration camps of the Holocaust, to become the principal of a prestigious parochial school in the Rocky Mountains of the United States of America.

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The odyssey of a mountain boy from the Carpathian Mountains, a Holocaust survivor who became the principal of a prestigious school in the Rocky Mountains

Today is the yahrzeit of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, one of the most important rabbinical figures of the twentieth cen...
04/12/2020

Today is the yahrzeit of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, one of the most important rabbinical figures of the twentieth century. Today we honor is memory. Though the "Rav" no longer walks among us, his Torah remains authentic, vibrant, intellectual, inspirational, and relevant.

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04/05/2020

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Number 10
When God Becomes History: Historical Essays of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook, edited by Bezalel Naor
This collection brings together Rav Kook’s contributions to the field of Jewish history, though perhaps “historiosophy” would be the better word. Whereas most of us are held captive by individual events, Rav Kook has a great gift for the overview of history. https://kodeshpress.com/product/the-legends-of-rabbah-bar-bar-hannah

Number 9
Conflict & Resolution in the Early Prophets by Rabbi Allen Schwartz
Rabbi Allen Schwartz compiles, categorizes, and explains over 100 seeming violations of Torah law in the books of Joshua, Judges, and Samuel. This unique work is filled with unexpected interpretations, and is ideal for anyone who wants to understand these characters, as well as the perspectives of the Talmudic and Medieval Rabbis, more deeply. https://kodeshpress.com/product/conflict-resolution-in-the-early-prophets

Number 8
Esther Unmasked Solving Eleven Mysteries of the Jewish Holidays and Liturgy by Mitchell First
Mitchell First's articles are groundbreaking. He addresses questions like: can Esther and Achashverosh be identified in secular sources? what is the meaning of the cryptic phrase in the Sukkot liturgy Ani ve-Ho? what motivated Antiochus to persecute the Jews? what is the origin of Taanit Esther? how many questions were there in the original Mah Nishtannah? why does pe precede ayin in the acrostics of the book of Eikhah?, and more. https://kodeshpress.com/product/esther-unmasked

Number 7
A Theology of Holiness: Historical Exegetical, and Philosophical Perspectives by Alec Goldstein
The idea of “holiness” is one of the hardest concepts to define. In Judaism, the word kodesh appears hundreds of times throughout Tanakh and the Talmud. A Theology of Holiness analyzes the meaning of "holiness" throughout the Talmud, Rashi, Maimonides, Nahmanides, Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, and Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. https://kodeshpress.com/product/a-theology-of-holiness-historical-exegetical-and-philosophical-perspectives

Number 6
Keys to the Palace by Rabbi Hayyim Angel
In this latest collection of essays, Rabbi Hayyim Angel continues to demonstrate the intellectual and spiritual benefits of the interaction between religious Jewish Tanakh learning and academic Bible scholarship. Throughout these twenty studies, Rabbi Angel introduces learning tools and implements them. Mind, heart, and soul grow together through these learned and accessible studies. https://kodeshpress.com/product/keys-to-the-palace

Number 5
The Great Principle of the Torah by Rabbi Jack Bieler
What are the “meta-values” of Judaism? The Great Principle of the Torah comes to analyze seven talmudic claims about the core belief of the Torah, exploring how those values interconnect, as well as their points of divergence. It is ideal book someone who is looking for a big picture perspective on what Judaism represents. https://kodeshpress.com/product/the-great-principle-of-the-torah

Number 4
Reading the Rav by Dr. Moshe Sokolow
Rabbi Soloveitchik was one of the most prominent teachers of Modern Orthodox Jewry. Dr. Moshe Sokolow collects fourteen articles and essays about how the Rav understood ideas central to Jewish life, such as the relationship between man and God, the role and centrality of prayer from historical and philosophical perspectives, belief in redemption, the role of Zionism in Judaism, and many others. https://kodeshpress.com/product/reading-the-rav

Number 3
Roots and Rituals by Mitchell First
Mitchell First’s articles address questions about the Hebrew language, liturgy, Jewish history, and the calendar and holidays. Jerusalem Post writes, "a fascinating window into the origins of Hebrew words, practices and customs." https://kodeshpress.com/product/roots-and-rituals-insights-into-hebrew-holidays-and-history

Number 2
Hebrew Root Dictionary by Rabbi Nahorai Kotkin
This is the first dictionary of Tanach based entirely on Chazal, Targumim, and Rishonim. Every root in the Hebrew Bible is defined in English according to sources from the Talmud and commentaries. It is a "must have" for every serious student of Tanach. Available in hardcover and paperback. https://kodeshpress.com/product/hebrew-root-dictionary-%d7%a1%d7%a4%d7%a8-%d7%94%d7%a9%d7%a8%d7%a9%d7%99%d7%9d

Number 1
The Legends of Rabbah Bar Bar Hannah with the Commentary of Rav Kook, translated and annotated by Rabbi Bezalel Naor
Rav Kook's commentary on Rabbah Bar Bar Hannah's exotic adventures and exploits is filled with philosophical and kabbalistic insights. This monumental work was written when Rav Kook was only 25! Fully annotated by Rabbi Bezalel Naor, one of the great interpreters of Rav Kook, and includes original artwork as well! Rabbah Bar Bar Hannah is one of the greatest sages of the Talmud. https://kodeshpress.com/product/the-legends-of-rabbah-bar-bar-hannah

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