THE DAWN OF REDEMPTION: What the Books of Ruth and Yona Teach About Alienation, Despair and Return
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by Rabbi Dr. Meir Levin
Softcover, 235 pages
ISBN 13: 978-965-524-022-1
The Dawn of Redemption traces the Jewish concept of individual and communal Redemption through its cosmic antecedents to the role it plays in personal experiences and struggles. Drawing on classic sources, the author melds private experiences with historical forces, personal destiny and the Divine Plan, and shows how alienation and despair are transformed into exhilaration and closeness to God. Upon the canvas of the Biblical books of Ruth and Jonah, one finds in this psychological, philosophical, and spiritual investigation a profound restatement of the redemptive idea within Judaism and its potential to satisfy and uplift the life of every man and woman.
About the author:
Meir Levin is a physician, Torah scholar, and teacher who lives in
Monsey, NY. A former pulpit rabbi and a popular lecturer, he is an author of
Novarodok: The Movement that Lived in Struggle and its Unique Approach to the
Problem of Man (Jason-Aronson, NJ, 1996), With All Your Heart: The Shema in
Jewish Worship, Practice and Life (Targum/Feldheim, 2002), and The Rabbis'
Advocate: Chacham David Nieto and the Second Kuzari (Yashar Books, 2006).
Many of the essays in this book had been presented as a series on torah.org.
Praise for Rabbi Dr. Meir Levin's Previous books:
"Reading your manuscript gave me great pleasure. It clarifies
basic and fundamental aspects of Judaism. You actually
covered many yesodei ha-das which greatly help those who are
searching for the truth....
May it be His will that you accomplish your goal to bring
merit to many with this endeavor."
-Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky, Shlita, Dean, Talmudic Yeshiva of Philadelphia
"Meir Levin has produced a work amazing in its fullness and
depth of scholarship. He penetrates to the very roots of the
subject while displaying a familiarity with all that has been said
about this topic for the last thousand years....
My wish for the author is that he witness the fulfillment of the
prayer of King David, "And may the pleasantness of Hashem
be upon us: And the work of our hands be established for us;
indeed, the work of our hands be His establishment."
-Rabbi Yechiel Perr, Rosh Yeshiva, Derech Ayson Rabbinical Seminary
"I bless him that he should be successful in all his pursuits,
continue to honor the name of Heaven both in his Torah
and his work, from Fear of Heaven...."
-Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Rosh Yeshiva and Rosh Kollel, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
"I am pleased to speak in praise of this very worthy
individual, Rabbi Meir Levin, whom I have known for a
very long time... and he is a great scholar and descends in
clarity to the depth of Torah teachings and he has the
ability to transmit words of Torah in an organized and clear
-Rabbi Isroel Simcha Shorr, Rosh Yeshiva, Ohr Somayach, Monsey
"I can underscore that which all who know R. Meyer Levin
are aware of. He is an odom ne'eman, a trustworthy person
of absolute integrity. A man who undertakes his holy work
with great trepidation and yiras shamayim, whose motives
are purely le-hagdil Torah u-le-ha'adirah.... R. Meyer
personifies that which the gemara in Masechet Temurah so
cherishes, those who we confer upon them the title Ish
Eshkolos, ish she-hakol bo. A man of versatility who is
learned enough and talented enough to excel in many
different areas, R. Meyer has earned the title profoundly.
Combined with his humble posture and soft-spoken
manner he is indeed someone who is eminently qualified to
undertake a project of this sort."
-Rabbi Moshe Faskowitz, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva Madreigas ha-Adam
Praise for Dawn of Redemption:
"Levin's goals combine with his chosen interpretative strategies to create a blend that is unique and often refreshing. In addition, he is forthright about methodology, stating exactly what methodological choices he is making and why he makes them. Levin makes extensive use of rabbinic literature to elucidate the texts of both biblical books, although this tendency is more pronounced in his commentary to Ruth. This choice means that, in addition to his own considerable talents, Levin has placed the textual, psychological, historical and spiritual wisdom of the entire rabbinic tradition at his disposal, and his commentary is much richer for it....
The Dawn of Redemption... is a worthy contemporary heir to the rabbinic and kabbalistic traditions that its author so reveres."
-Mattan Erder, Jewish Bible Quarterly
"This commentary by Dr. Levin deserves our attention because, unlike other works on Ruth, he takes this Biblical narrative as a serious historical and nationalist lesson for us, both in terms of a larger perspective and as the frail human creatures that we truly are. As the characters in the book play their roles, Dr. Levin enables us, through his commentary, to better appreciate their actions and motives.
For certain, you will never regard the Book of Ruth in the same way after learning from the pen of Dr. Meir Levin."
-Alan J. Gerber, The Jewish Star