This is the honest, educated musings of a Jew who represents a vast spectrum of those believing Jews who do not conform to traditional Orthodox thought. And yet, when you read between the lines, you see that the author is looking for those selfsame answers that seem to quiet the heart and soul of many Orthodox Jews.
The author has asked many of the important, difficult questions that pervade the book of Bereshit to laymen and (Orthodox) rabbis alike. Sometimes he comes away satisfied and sometimes the answers only lead to other questions -- questions that both an honest skeptic and an honest believer have in common.
As a child, Michael Malina attended a unique Talmud Torah which was operated by an Orthodox synagogue, the Kingsway Jewish Center, in Brooklyn, New York. During the years before his bar mitzvah, he was exposed to Jewish religious customs and ceremonies, the Hebrew language, the prayer book (in its unexpurgated Orthodox version), and the text of the Chumash, together with Rashi's commentary. After his bar mitzvah, the extraordinary zeal for Jewish learning of his first teacher, Rabbi Samuel J. Chill, enabled him to continue my Jewish studies until he graduated from high school.