This is a brilliant and fascinating work about the lives of the Rishonim and the Jewish communities of their times. Written by one of today's foremost Torah authorities, it is the only book of its kind in scope, depth and accuracy. This is not a fiction book 'based on a true story', but a serious work based on the writings of the Rishonim and historical reality. Rabbi Castle has gathered this information, analyzed it from a pure Torah perspective and cautiously reconstructed the true history of Rashi, the Tosafists, the nature of the Jewish communities of their times, and the interaction between Jewish leadership, government, and the Catholic Church. It teaches you the truth about how the Rishonimm lived and died. It shed light on their family life, their struggles and achievements, their leadership and interaction. Keen and perceptive observations provide you with glimpses into their personalities, and with everlasting lessons in spiritual sensitivity and commitment. Popular legends are cited without dramatics, and are analyzed in the light of halacha, true Torah values, and historical realities. The results are most enlightening. Living with the Sages introduces you to the real world of Rashi, the Ba'alei Tosafoth, and their scores of colleagues, many of whom you have probably never heard of before. It also contains a wealth of Halacha and Torah ethics, and discloses the views of Rishonim on many of the issues that we face today. This book is written in a light and easy style, and is both educational and spiritually uplifting. The history and the lessons it conveys are basic to Judaism in all times, and should be studied by every Torah-observant Jew.
by Rabbi Dovid Castle