People of The Book

This Shavuot, make the commitment to learn Torah.

Comments (8)

(8) Anonymous, May 18, 2010 4:26 PM

Get the large print

The publisher is Artscholl and is called the Stone Edition. I had the small set. The print was so small I had to have a magnify glass to read it. The commentary is very good. I passed that set on to someone else. The bigger set probable has a larger print that would be easier to read.

(7) Anonymous, May 18, 2010 2:43 PM

People of the Book

People of the Book. We got that name because we believe and follow the book. The Torah is the doctrine of Judaism. The oral teachings helps to explain what is in the Torah. To be called People of the Book is a high honor. It means others can tell we are Jewish, not because we read the Torah; moreover because we live by it! I was trying to move the page down and hit something that went to the Western Wall Cam. The Temple: My House Shall Be Called A House Of Prayer! That also makes us be known as the People of the Book. We are a people that Prays!

(6) Kelly Woo, May 18, 2010 5:44 AM

hello fellow jews

I would like to recommend a program called "Partner in Torah." I study the Chumash every week, via telephone, with a very kind and knowledgable lady on the other side of the country. Initially, I was a bit intimidated by the whole idea. But we actually have fun studying. (I am not joking!)

(5) Pleasant, May 18, 2010 2:31 AM

This is my favorite 'sermon' by you so far.

I put sermon in quotes, because yours are so much more personable and I'm not sure what other term would fit them. And thank you, I am sooooooo tired of being ridiculed when I quote it and women older than me have never touched it. Thank you! Todah rabbah! Finally someone besides me has said it.

(4) Anonymous, May 18, 2010 12:44 AM

The Torah

The first time I tried to read the Bible, I came to the"begots" and gave up. I was young and lacked patience, I guess. Some years ago, I purchased a Torah at a Jewish book shop and was surprised to find it was only a portion of the Old Testament. However I did read it through. I am ashamed to say that I considered it boring and overrated! I couldn't believe that people re-read it and study each sentence! Somewhere I read that it should be read in the original Hebrew to be appreciated. It is not that I am not interested in my religion and in being a Jew but that was my reaction.

(3) Ruth Housman, May 17, 2010 8:03 PM

sPEAK experiences

Hi Lori, I am seeing something within words. If you have read any of my comments on line, you would know this. I agree with Schlomo about the central significance of two books as ONE. I learned a long time ago about that mountain and that's why I wrote in the subject line sPEAK experiences. There is a story, coded in words, across Babel, and there is a master key that opens all doors that is deeply about the significance of the Hebrew letters and all letters. Good YOM TOV to a woman whose oral delivery and stories are great.

(2) Shlomo Cooper, May 17, 2010 4:07 PM

The REAL "book" is the Talmud

Although your presentation, Lori, is lovely, as always, it is slightly off the mark. The REAL book is NOT the Chumash, but really the Talmud. Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsch makes it clear that the Written Torah without the Oral Torah is ultimately incompreshensible. He compares it to handing an outline of a lecture to one who did not attend the lecture. It is also why, according to some commentators, Hashem held the mountain over our heads (Talmud, Shabbos 87B) because we needed cooercion to accept the totality of the Torah, including the Oral Torah. Of course, one must START with the Chumash (I would recommend "The Living Torah, by Aryeh Kaplan) even more than ArtScroll, but one must understand form the get-go that the Chumash, in a vacuum, is not "it." Good Yom Tov to you, Lori., and all subscribers

(1) TMay, May 16, 2010 11:18 PM


I think she is referring to the Stone Edition which is wonderful. It is so exciting! It is amazing that a different translation can make such a difference.Chag Sameach to everyone for Shavuoth!


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