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The Way into Torah : Way Into-- - Norman J. Cohen

The Way into Torah

Way Into--

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An accessible introduction to how to read, study, and understand Torah-the Bible and related sacred texts that have grown up around it.

For everyone who wants to understand Torah, this book shows the way into an essential aspect of Judaism, and allows you to interact directly with the sacred texts of the Jewish tradition.

Guided by Dr. Norman J. Cohen, rabbi and professor of midrash at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, The Way Into Torah helps us explore the origins and development of Torah, why it should be studied, and how to do it.

  • What Torah is. The texts, and beyond: Not simply the Five Books of Moses, Torah refers to much more than written words.
  • The different approaches to studying Torah. The many ways Jews have interacted with Torah through the ages and how, by learning to read Torah ourselves,we can connect it to our lives today.
  • The levels of understanding Torah. How Torah can come alive in different ways, at different times; and how new meanings of Torah are discovered by its readers.
  • Why Torah study is a part of the Jewish experience. How it allows us to experience God's presence-and why the Rabbis called Torah study more important even than belief in God.

This guide offers an entrance into the world of Torah, and to its meaning for our lives. The Way Into Torah shows us why reading Torah is not the same as reading anything else-and enables us to become a part of a chain of Jewish tradition that began millennia ago, and remains unbroken today.

"Accessible and basic, yet sophisticated and wise."

About The Way Into...p. i
Timelinep. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Importance of Torah Studyp. 7
Who Should Study Torah?p. 31
Defining Torahp. 51
Discovering the Meaning of Torahp. 71
A Community of Learnersp. 95
Conclusionp. 111
Notesp. 119
Glossaryp. 131
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 139
Indexp. 141
About Jewish Lights Publishingp. 145
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ISBN: 9781580231985
ISBN-10: 1580231985
Series: Way Into--
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Type: New edition