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Stringing the Pearls: How to Read The Weekly Torah Portion
James S. Diamond, a consummate teacher of the Bible, provides a clear and simple (but not simplistic) method for reading and understanding the weekly Torah portions. This is a how-to book, not an interpretive one. It is not a commentary on each week’s reading, but rather an “instruction manual” on how each of us can read and interpret for ourselves the 54 Torah portions of ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 17th 2008 by The Jewish Publication Society
(first published February 29th 2008)
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this is a great resource for any new-comer to torah study. "stringing the pearls" outlines what is meant when torah and parashah is mentioned, how this material is read and heard and understood. the most useful part of the book to me was the chapter on how to actually read the parashah. the writer takes an example parashah from each of the five books of moses and shows us how to go through a first, second and third reading working up to the experience of hearing it in synagogue. i'm sure i'll be ...more
The book is a good overview to prepare one to do the Weekly Torah Portions, but it does not aid in actually reading the actual portions. I was looking for a commentary so I was disappointed, However, for an overview in preparation for the moderate to liberal reader of the Torah it is a great launching pad. I have 3 commentaries now so it does fill an purpose for me now.