by Rabbi Natan Slifkin
Published by Zoo Torah
Hardcover, 438 pages
ISBN 13: 978-965-524-033-7
publication: 2009, second edition
The ancient and mysterious midrash of Perek Shirah uses verses from Scripture to illustrate the ''song'' of the different components and inhabitants of the natural world - their spiritual lessons for mankind. ''Nature's Song'' is the only comprehensive English elucidation of the entire text of Perek Shirah. It makes use of rare ancient commentaries on Perek Shirah, as well as contemporary insights from modern science. The result is a spiritual encyclopedia of the natural world, synthesizing the ancient with the modern, that enables one to perceive new depths of insight into the natural world that surrounds us.
About the Author:
Rabbi Natan Slifkin is widely renowned for his pioneering work in researching, teaching and writing about the relationship between Judaism and natural history. A native of England, Rabbi Slifkin now lives in Israel. He teaches at Yeshivat Lev HaTorah in Ramat Bet Shemesh and is a popular lecturer worldwide.
Praise for Perek Shira:
"A beautiful book dealing with all the aspects of the natural world in the Torah perspective... Nature's Song is authoritative, factual, poetic, comprehensive, a brilliant work of art-and-science. A book to have and to give, to read repeatedly and to cherish.... Handsome, informative, well-written and thoroughly researched... This book is a valuable addition to anyone's library."
-Yated Ne'eman, Bnei Brak
"As he has already demonstrated in his earlier books, this extremely talented young author once again shows his gift for combining Torah knowledge with general erudition in communicating the wisdom of our Talmudic Sages to his readers. In his elucidation of Perek Shirah he reaches new heights in his brilliant success of utilizing his expertise in zoology for teaching Torah concepts and values... Nature's Song will provide the public with an opportunity to enjoy the music of the Torah Universe while learning so much about the genius of its Creator."
-Rabbi Mendel Weinbach, Dean, Ohr Somayach Institutions
"The natural world could not have selected a more appropriate spokesperson to open our ears to its glorious chorus. Rabbi Slifkin's rare combination of Torah scholarship, literary talent and a lifelong fascination with animals and nature provide us with much more than an anthology of previous works on Perek Shirah. In his able hands, the voice of each instrument in the cosmic orchestra gains new clarity; their chords blend together into the strains of a Divine symphony."
-Rabbi Mordecai Kornfeld, Rosh Kollel, Kollel Iyun HaDaf (Daf Yomi Advancement Forum)