Very Near to You: Human Readings of the Torah

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Gefen Publishing House Ltd, 2012 - 442 pages
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The book is a new interpretation of the weekly torah reading. It is written from a world view deeply committed to Judaism, which places the responsibility of interpretation and identity on each one of us. The Torah is not in heaven but in the heart and mouth of you and me, to study it and to live by it. Through this book the author tries to involve the reader in the language of the five books of Moses that has been present in our lives for thousands of years. It's a language which is human, universal, moral, historical and national. "My interpretation is one of many and I try to invite the reader or student to argue or to agree, to add or to subtract from my interpretation, or even better to develop their own interpretation and spread it around." Avraham Burg-Author
 

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Contents

Bereshit In the Beginning
3
Noach Noah Was a Righteous Man
11
Lech Lecha Get Thee Out
18
Vayera He Appeared
25
Chayei Sarah The Life of Sarah
33
Toledot These Are the Generations
40
Vayetze Jacob Left
48
Vayishlach Jacob Sent
56
TazriaMetzora If a Woman Be Delivered The Law of the Leper
234
Acharei MotKedoshim After the Death Ye Shall Be Holy
243
Emor Speak Unto the Priests
255
BeharBechukotai At Mount SinaiIn My Statutes
264
Leviticus
272
Bamidbar In the Wilderness
279
Naso Take the Sum of the Sons
289
Behaalotecha When Thou Lightest the Lamps
296

Vayeshev And Jacob Dwelt
65
Miketz At the End of Two Years
74
Exodus
79
Vayigash Then He Came Near
85
Vayechi And He Lived
93
Genesis
101
Shemot Names
107
Vaera And I Appeared
116
Bo Go In
125
Beshalach When He Had Let the People Go
136
Yitro Jethro the Priest of Midian
147
Mishpatim The Ordinances
156
Terumah Offering
163
Tetzaveh Thou Shalt Command
173
Ki Tissa When Thou Takest
181
VayakhelPekudei And Moses Assembled These Are the Accounts
190
Exodus
199
Leviticus
203
Vayikra And the Lord Called
205
Tzav Command
215
Shemini On the Eighth Day
224
Shelach Lecha Send Thou Men
306
Korach And They Rose Up
315
Chukkat This Is the Statute
323
Balak Balak Saw
332
Pinchas Phinehas the Zealot
338
MattotMasei The TribesThe Stages
343
Numbers
352
Deuteronomy
357
Devarim These Are the Words Which Moses Spoke
359
Vaetchanan And I Besought
367
Ekev Because Ye Hearken
379
Reeh Behold
387
Shoftim Judges
395
Ki Tetzeh When Thou Goest Forth
404
Ki Tavo When Thou Art Come In
413
NitzavimVayelech You Are Standing And Moses Went
424
Haazinu Give Ear
429
Vezot Haberachah And This Is the Blessing
435
Deuteronomy
438
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About the author (2012)

Avraham Burg is the former Speaker of the Knesset in Israel (1999-2003). He has been active in politics as a leader in the Labor Party and the One Israel party. His article in "The Guardian "called "The End of Zionism" was widely read and debated. He lives with his wife in Nataf, a small village outside Jerusalem.

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