MACHAT SHEL YAD: Bereishis
Weight: 1.50 kilograms
MACHAT SHEL YAD: Bereishis
by Rabbi Yitzchok D. Frankel
Published by Nehorah Publications
Hardcover, 281 pages
An indispensable resource for those teaching or studying Chumash!
How are we to understand that, according to Rashi, Adam and Chava were clothed before the sin?
What is the significance of Aramaic?
Why is our holy land constantly referred to as Eretz Canaan?
How did Yaakov Avinu protect himself just by putting some rocks around his head?
When Eisav appeared Yaakov and his family were all in one camp, so who was in the second camp?
Machat shel Yad is a compendium of compelling resolutions to these and other perplexing questions.
Machat Shel Yad by Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Frankel is the long-awaited Torah tapestry whose strands weave classical topics in Sefer Bereishis with the questions and challenges facing faithful Jewry today. In this choice selection from his popular talks given over many years, Rabbi Frankel combines mastery of p'shat, drush, philosophy and hashkafa to bring the burning issues in Sefer Bereishis to the fore in a highly readable and enjoyable manner. Through Rabbi Frankel's unique analytical style, the reader will surely find intriguing words of Torah, original ideas, and solidly based chiddushim. In the words of one reviewer, "It is everything you thought you knew about Chumash, -but didn't!"
"No, we cannot save even one city," says Hashem.
The prayer of the tzaddik, Avraham Avinu, cannot save a single city. Yet here, Lot, who is absolutely nothing compared to Avraham Avinu, makes a simple request for Tzo'ar and seems to be worthy enough to save the whole city - even though he doesn't even stay there in the end! How did that happen? (Parshas Vayera, page 93)
These and other fascinating questions are answered in the Machat shel Yad, a compelling collection of insights on topics and stories that we think we know... but perhaps don't.
Machat Shel Yad by Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Frankel is the long-awaited Torah tapestry whose strands weave classical topics in Sefer Bereishis with the questions and challenges facing faithful Jewry today. In this choice selection from his popular talks given over many years, Rabbi Frankel combines mastery of p'shat, drush, philosophy and hashkafa to bring the burning issues in Sefer Bereishis to the fore in a highly readable and enjoyable manner.
About the Author:
Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Frankel, a talmid and musmach of Harav Moshe Feinstein ztz"l, is rabbi of Agudath Israel of the Five Towns in Cedarhurst, NY. He is a well known rav and educator in the Far Rackaway/Five Towns area and beyond. He is perhaps best recognized by his illuminating series of shiurim on Gemara, Tanach, Halacha and Hashkafa, all of which you will find in this sefer.
praise for Machat Shel Yad: Bereishis:
There is nothing richer and more varied in a Jew's weekly life than parashas hashavua. No talmid chacham's involvement in his sugya exempts him from perusing the sedrah, and no child expects to go through the week without hearing an interesting "vort" on the parashah (and perhaps saying it over at the Shabbos table).We all hope for inspiration and illumination from the Torah's weekly message.
Machat Shel Yad by Rav Yitzchok Dovid Frankel is a glorious tapestry of Torah insights and explanations on Chumash Bereishis. Woven into the fabric of these pieces is a delightful element of worldly erudition with which the author highlights especially beautiful aspects of the classic commentaries, particularly that of Rashi.
This work touches on topics in Chumash Bereishis in a way that is sure to stimulate both scholar and layman, providing sharp chiddushim and a cutting analysis of relevant and sometimes controversial issues. It is extraordinarily well suited for the teacher of Chumash since it clarifies significant topics.
The author ties the beginning of the Torah to its end:
"When the Torah describes Gan Eden, it gives us a rather detailed map - as if we ought to be able to locate the exact source of the Garden of Eden. We are told the names of the rivers whose source is in Gan Eden"
But once we start to look into it, things become puzzling. It is understandable that the Chidekel and Pras rivers are near each other since we know they are situated in Iraq. But Rashi defines the Pishon as the Nilos, or 'Nile' River, which is in North Africa. One would be hard pressed to explain how the Nile flows from the same water source as the Euphrates and the Tigris.
So, if it is impossible to work out where Gan Eden is, what was the point of giving us detailed instructions as to its location?
The answer emerges once we compare this enigma at the beginning of the Torah with a similar enigma at the end of the Torah, in Parashas Vezos Habrachah. Just as we find that the Torah provides a wellmarked map for the location of Gan Eden yet we fail to find it, so it is regarding the kever, burial place, of Moshe Rabbeinu..."
Rav Frankel explores scholarly topics and timely issues of the parashas hashavua in a highly readable and enjoyable manner. The reader will find here intriguing words of Torah, original ideas, and solid chiddushim.
Rav Yitzchok Dovid Frankel, a rabbi in Cedarhurst, Long Island, and a talmid of Harav Moshe Feinstein, zt"l, is well known in the Five Towns and beyond for his popular series of shiurim on Chumash and other topics.