Ever since the earliest times, Jewish scholars have looked to the Hebrew language as a source of holiness and a wellspring of wisdom. Both letters and words, it has always been assumed, they have hidden messages and secrets to be sought after, as if we are opening a shell to extract the fruit. Rabbi Benjamin Blech has gathered many examples of the meanings hidden within Hebrew words and has explained them to the modern reader_even those who do not know any Hebrew. The result is both a fine illustration of this activity as well as a book rich with Jewish insight and teachings.
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Rabbi Benjamin Blech is a nationally recognized educator, religious leader, author, and lecturer. He served as rabbi of Young Israel of Oceanside for more than three decades and is assistant professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University in New York City. He has been the scholar-in-residence for numerous congregations throughout the United States, Canada, and the Orient, and he has lectured to Jewish communities in Israel, Australia, and many other countries. Rabbi Blech has written articles for Tradition, Jewish Life, Reader's Digest, Jewish Week, Newsweek, and Newsday. He is the author of More Secrets of Hebrew Words: Holy Days and Happy Days and Understanding Judaism: The Basics of Deed and Creed, which is now available on video as a series of lectures distributed by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations.
Rabbi Blech, the master teacher whose dynamism inspires in the classroom, discloses the excitement that generates from hidden meanings lying beneath the surface of the biblical text and basic Hebrew words. This work will be helpful and valuable to those new to Torah study as an opportunity to taste multifaceted treasures of Judaism, as well as those more learned, enabling them to discover new meaning to previously observed. -- Rabbi Benjamin Yudin, Yeshiva University In hundreds of illustrations dealing with a vast array of topics-Israel, God, Torah; life and death; truth and falsehood; good and evil; joy and sorrow; love and hatred; peace and war; the blessings of life (wealth, wisdom, soul, friends); man, woman, and family; biblical heroes and villains; and prophecies and predictions-the author conveys the major ideas of Judaism as they are expressed in the secrets built into simply Hebrew words. * gem *
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