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December 12, 2016 2:27 PM
I own 2 copies of the Stone Chumash
One is a student size, which I bring with me when I go to Shul on Shabbat. The other one is much larger, and I read it at home.
June 24, 2015 3:42 AM
Another Excellent Option
While I do love the Stone Chumash by Artscroll, I own several chumashim and feel another excellent option is the Living Torah by Aryeh Kaplan. In addition to having traditional religious commentary by a frum rabbi, one of the strengths of this translation is that Kaplan has a degree in physics and can discuss the scientific basis of the Torah. His commentary is also succinct and thought provoking and for this reason, I tend to reach for it first. However, the print size in Kaplan's chumash is quite small: for people with vision problems, Artscroll is very legible, both Hebrew and English are quite large.
September 15, 2014 12:23 AM
I can relate
My 'journey' was: First I read an edition by Martin Buber (probably not religious), which actually tried to combine written Torah and some kind of agada, though I didn't know that at the time. I was really angry went I found out about that because I wanted to read what really is in the written Torah and have clarity. Then I read a translation by someone called Zunz (I think he was not orthodox.. but I had no idea at the time). A Hebrew speaker informed me that some of the translations are not correct. Disappointed, I tried to find a 'good' translation, but I couldn't find any, in all the bookstores. To ask the Rabbi had at that time not occurred to me. Then I found a JPS translation which seemed better. However once I read a verse in Hebrew that said (in the sense) " X and Y" while the translation said "Y and X"I could never understand why a translation would engage in such an unnecessary deviation from the original. I later found that (if I'm not mistaken) the translator was actually a (Jewish) English professor. I think a more qualified translator could have been found.I was really looking for a true translation. I then (I think through advertising) got to the Artiscroll website. I looked into the Torah with Rashi and thought that this could be right but was still sceptical. It turned out that this was/contained a really good translation and the commentary is awesomeThe Stone Chumash basically has the same/or very,very similar translation. It (Artscroll) is actually the only translation that I know of that I would recommend. I do so however wholeheartedly. You will really not regret it.The Stone Chumash also contains Midrash and more general explanation, while Rashi focusses more on the individual verses. Both are highly recommended (I'm personally more drawn to Rashi).Artscroll translations in general are basically the best that you can buy.(I don't receive any commission from them :-)
August 3, 2014 1:01 AM
Wow I have that
I bought the Stone Edition - Chumash about 12 - 15 years ago. You are right Lori. Every person should own one. The English translation and commentary verse by verse are exactly what we need to easily understand and learn. Makes a wonderful gift. Each time I read in it I have an aha!! moment.
July 7, 2014 3:08 PM
Shalom, Lori, Reading your article about your donation of one kidney to an unknown person (from the free copy - thank you! - of the booklet "Excursions, Essays on spiritual growth" from Jerusalem) enlightened me; many have asked me why being an organ donor? Would the doctors not strive to save me knowing this up front?Looking forward to see your website up and running. I need to have my own Torah. Todah!
July 7, 2014 11:47 AM
you can get it from artscroll.com (as of now, it's actually closed for maintenance, but according to the site, should be open late today).
July 6, 2014 11:08 PM
Stone Edition - love it!
I have both the Hertz Commentary of the Chumash published in 1960 that I grew up with, and the Stone Commentary of the Chumash published in 1999. I find the Stone edition very exciting and full of surprises such that my response often is "I didn't know that!" Most people I know who prepare Drashes for the congregation, use the Hertz.
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