PERSONAL MIDRASH: Fresh Insights into the Torah

PERSONAL MIDRASH: Fresh Insights into the Torah
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    PERSONAL MIDRASH: Fresh Insights into the Torah

    by Daniel H. Shulman

    Hardcover, 157 pages
    Urim Publications, 2017
    ISBN: 978-965-524-267-6

    A personal exploration of one Jew's journey to find meaning in the Torah, Personal Midrash is a unique collection of commentary and insights on the Torah. The search for meaning as religious and spiritual beings is anchored to a common written document: the Torah. But, if the Torah were inaccessible, or inscrutable, or beyond the grasp of the ordinary person, we would lose our way. This book is a personal journey through Torah by a curious Jew without rabbinic training. While a scholar may learn something new from this book, the hope is that any Jew may be inspired to likewise seek his or her own voice in interpreting Torah.

    About the Author: 
    Daniel Shulman was named one of the top 40 lawyers under 40 in Illinois by the Law Bulletin and is the author of Insights Hurt: Bringing Healing Thoughts to Life. He lives in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois with his three sons, Elijah, Noah and Micah.

    Praise for Personal Midrash:
    “One of the main attributes we hope every Jew possesses is an authentic Jewish curiosity. Dan Shulman, a Hebrew school rebel, uses this quality as he boldly dives into our ancient tradition, making sense anew for the next generation. In addition to the conventional tools for biblical spelunking, Dan brings along his sense of humor and his endless creativity. This book is instantly readable, teachable, and something every clergy and educator should have on hand.”
    - Rabbi Ari Averbach

    “Daniel Shulman shares a surprising – and exciting – number of qualities with the rabbis of classical midrash: an exquisite mix of serious-mindedness and playfulness; a love of language combined with a talent for noticing farflung but fascinating connections among texts, connections that are often noticeable more to the ear than to the eye; and a commitment to accept the Torah as eternally relevant. The result is a true modern midrash – not in the all-too-frequently misused sense of this term, but in a manner that genuinely recreates the intertextual and pious approach of the midrashim of yore.”
    - Professor Benjamin D. Sommer

    “The confluence of charming lore and intelligent insight makes the reading of Personal Midrash: Fresh Insights into the Torah by Daniel H. Shulman a delight. Daniel’s writings are balanced with his own life’s observations as well as a saturated breadth of knowledge of Jewish tradition. These pages open portals of thought for the reader which stimulate the imagination. Trusting in Shulman’s treatment of Midrash to be respectful more so than fanciful, one can take a creative leap into the Torah’s clandestine layers and journey along with him. I would suggest this book to any student of Torah who wishes to add color to its pages all too often read as black and white.”
    Cantor Steven Stoehr