A Rabbi Reads the Torah

A Rabbi Reads the Torah

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Every week in synagogues around the world Jews read a portion from the Torah, the Five Books of Moses, the whole being completed in the course of a year. The reading is usually accompanied by a commentary, a derasha, by the rabbi or a member of the congregation, often drawing on traditional interpretations, but usually finding some point of contact with the realities of today's world. Some passages, especially narratives, lend themselves to immediate associations; others, obscure laws of sacrifice or lists of stages on a journey through the wilderness, represent real challenges to the commentator. Yet others are so familiar to the congregation that the problem is to find something new to say each year! This book arose out of a different kind of 'pulpit', an occasional slot on a weekly radio programme on Friday evenings called 'Shabbat Shalom'. Though ostensibly for a Jewish audience, it reached a far wider public, so the pieces in the book provide enough information to explain the Jewish background at the same time as offering an exploration of the ideas within the text to a broad range of listeners.Perhaps this is already a sign that Mosesa#39; days as leader are coming to an end. He is unable to take decisive action in this crisis. When there is a power vacuum, other forces, often more 118 31 SCM_A_RABBI_READS_THE_TORAH_Ch31. pdf.

Title:A Rabbi Reads the Torah
Author: Jonathan Magonet
Publisher:Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd - 2013-06-30

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