Written by many of the leading rabbis of our generation, this remarkable collection of commentaries is based on the Torah portions read publicly in synagogues throughout the world on the Sabbath and holy days. Produced by the National Council of Young Israel, one of the major synagogue movements in the world today, this collection is the result of an ongoing effort by Young Israel to distribute to its constituency and to others a series of high level commentaries that can serve to educate and stimulate its audience on the threshold of the twenty-first century. The Young Israel movement was created in 1912 by a group of progressive and visionary men and women in response to the growing number of American-born Jews whose spiritual and educational needs differed from those of Yiddish-speaking Jewry. At the time, the Eastern European Jews dominated traditional synagogues in the United States. Through its nearly 150 branches across North America and over fifty branches throughout Israel, the Young Israel movement serves over 25,000 Jewish households by providing programs and services that address a broad range of social, educational, and recreational needs as well as traditional Jewish observances. Each week, Young Israel rabbis write a commentary of the week's Torah reading. This commentary, known as "dvar Torah", is sent out to each Young Israel branch synagogue for the edification of its members. Since this project began in 1993, it has had resounding success. These commentaries clearly display the talent held by the rabbis of Young Israel and reflect the diversity of its rabbis, whose writings run the gamut from halachic (legal) dissertations to philosophical musings to hasidic-style storytelling. Each and every weekly Torah reading, alone with every Jewish holiday, is represented in this superb collection.
by Pesach Lerner