Studies In The Weekly Parashah Based On The Lessons Of Nehama Leibowitz (Hardcover)
by Moshe Sokolow
This volume contains studies on the weekly Torah portion (parashah/sidrah) evoking the memorable and influential style of Nehama Leibowitz. Using lesser-known published works by Nehama and notes of her private lessons, Moshe Sokolow elucidates the text and its classic commentaries in a manner that engages readers, making them active participants in Torah study.
Hardcover, 285 pages
About the Author:
Rabbi Dr. Moshe Sokolow is the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Professor of Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University. He studied with Nehama Leibowitz (1905—1997) and translated and edited Nehama Leibowitz: On Teaching Tanakh (New York: 1987), Nehama Leibowitz: Active Learning in the Teaching of Jewish History (New York: 1989), and compiled Mafteah ha-Gilyonot: An Index to Nehama Leibowitz’s Weekly Parshah Sheets (New York: 1993). Professor Sokolow is the author of numerous scholarly and popular articles on Bible, and has conducted a weekly class on the sidrah at Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York City for more than twenty years.
Praise for Studies in the Weekly Parashah:
“Dr. Moshe Sokolow has done a masterful job in bringing the methodology of Moratenu Nehama Leibowitz to an even wider audience and with a series of even broader topics of commentary discussion. To a remarkable extent, Nehama did to the Biblical commentaries what Rav Soloveitchik did to the Talmudic commentaries: she demonstrated how their different understanding of the textual material emanated from and resulted in different conceptual views of crucial Jewish and human issues. All of this becomes exquisitely expressed in Dr. Sokolow’s study, which serves as both a tribute to a great teacher as well as a tour de force by a special disciple.”
-Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin, Chief Rabbi of Efrat and Dean of Ohr Torah Stone Colleges and Graduate Programs
“Prof. Moshe Sokolow, a loyal student of Nehama Leibowitz and a fine Biblical scholar himself, offers us many valuable insights into Parashat Hashavua through his diligent analysis of the comments of Rashi and other major exegetes. This book will be of special interest for teachers of Torah.”
-Gabriel H. Cohen, Bible Dept., Bar Ilan University
“As devoted students of Rabbi Sokolow at Lincoln Square Synagogue for close to ten years, we welcome this book with delight. Rabbi Dr. Sokolow here makes Nehama Leibowitz’s previously unpublished and profound analyses available to a wider audience. With the addition of his original and thought provoking insights, this is a book of master lessons from a master teacher and scholar.”
-Margy-Ruth and Perry Davis