ABRAHAM AND THE CHALLENGE OF FAITH ACCORDING TO THE MIDRASH RABBAH

ABRAHAM AND THE CHALLENGE OF FAITH ACCORDING TO THE MIDRASH RABBAH
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    ABRAHAM AND THE CHALLENGE OF FAITH ACCORDING TO THE MIDRASH RABBAH

    by Wilfred Shuchat

    Hardcover, 462 pages
    Devora Publishing, Urim Publications, 2018
    ISBN: 978-965-524-273-7

    The biblical narrative of the life of Abraham is explored through the interpretations of the sages of the Midrash Rabbah. Evoking the commentary are two scriptural portions in the Book of Genesis. The first is Lekh Lekha, which means 'to leave,' and it tells the story in which God commands Abraham to leave his father's house and to enter the land which God will choose. The second scriptural portion discussed is Vayeira, which refers to God revealing Himself to Abraham. This portion tells of Abraham's life with Sara, the fulfillment of of the Divine promise with the birth of their son Isaac, and includes the famous narrative of the Binding of Issac. The Midrash comes to discuss Abraham's social and spiritual endeavors, as well as the selfless character and absolute belief in God that became the symbol for which Abraham is known in Judaic literature. The Midrash was not only perceived as holding solutions to problems, but also as a work of literature that raises questions and offers criticism and insights. 


    About the Author:
    Wilfred Shuchat has been an active rabbi for more than 50 years and has studied and taught the Midrash Rabbah during his tenure as rabbi of Shaar HaShomayim Synagogue in Montreal. He lives in Montreal. 


    Praise for Wilfred Shuchat's previous work, Noah According to the Midrash Rabbah: 
    "For all who love Torah and wisdom, this book is a jewel. It presents the Midrash, the rabbinic exploration of Genesis, for precious insights and truth. Genesis itself contains the heart of the biblical vision of God's creation and human destiny. Rabbi Shuchat selects the finest gems within the Midrash for further exploration and then adds his own pearls of wisdom to this treasure trove. The result is a marriage of classic texts and modern insights, a book rich in teachings for life and values." 
    - Blu Greenberg and Rabbi Yitz Greenberg