The Torah is a timeless historical document bestowed by the Almighty upon his Chosen People to guide them through life from generation to generation. It is a precise account of the Jewish Nation - where it derived from, what it experienced, how it developed into a cohesive entity united by Faith. At the same time, the Torah is a detailed legal document, the body of Jewish Law compromised of 613 mitzvos. These precepts constitute an all encompassing plan for the establishment and continuity of a just, ethical, healthy Jewish society governed by the mitzvos. Volume II "Yesterday, Today and Forever" offers a synopsis of Jewish history from the Babylonian Exile until the Era of the Chasidim and Misnagdim. To enhance the readers' understanding of the material, commentaries, parables, stories, and the teachings of our Sages accompany the text. The Lessons and the Laws gleaned from each era of Jewish history are presented here as well, demonstrating the eternal nature of Torah. This addition to the Jewish Education Program (JEP) - Rothman Foundation Series is vital text from which adults and youth can experience their rich Jewish history while learning fundamentals of Judaism ay the same time.
by Rabbi Mordechai Katz