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  • Seven Colors of the Rainbow

    Yirmeyahu Bindman

    Do You Know Your “Seven Commandments?”

    In Jewish tradition, the “ten commandments” of Moses apply only to
    Jews. All others are expected to observe the “seven laws of Noah”:
    one positive commandment to set up courts of justice and six
    prohibitions against idolatry, blasphemy, murder, sexual misconduct,
    theft, and eating the limb of a live animal.

    These laws are principles that provide the keys to a civilized world,
    the right relationship between Jews and non-Jews, and the spiritual
    development of non-Jewish peoples. Unfortunately, they have been
    largely unknown for centuries. With the re-emergence of Israel and
    increased religious freedom in other nations, Jews are once again actively
    fulfilling the commandment to teach the Seven Laws to non-Jews. As a
    result, people in all parts of the world have begun to study the Laws, and
    there is renewed interest in the role played by the nations of the world in
    the Messianic Redemption.

    We live in times of unprecedented social disorder filled with
    terrifying and dramatic events that almost defy interpretation. Through
    these Noachide concepts, both individuals and groups can rediscover
    themselves in the First Man and Woman and in their descendant, Noah,
    to whom these precepts of universal morality were given. One God
    created us all, and His Torah provides for all people, not just for Jews.

    “...these ethical values and principles have been the bedrock of
    society from the dawn of civilization, when they were known as
    the Seven Noahide Laws.”— U.S. Congress (H.J. Resolution 104,
    Public Law 102-14, 1991)

    Yirmeyahu Bindman was raised and educated in England,
    where he earned his physics degree from University College in
    London. He now lives in Israel, where he is a writer and editor.

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  • The Light of the Ben Ish Chai on Megillas Rus

    Introduction by Rabbi Yisroel Reisman

    The Light of the Ben Ish Chai on Megillas Rus is a translation of the Ben Ish Chai’s commentary on the Book of Rus. The Ben Ish Chai masterfully illuminates the text through pardes exposition. Pardes is exposition of 1) pshat, the plain meaning of the verse; 2) remez, holy numerical exposition; 3) drash, extrinsic source exposition and 4) sod, kabbalah. The Ben Ish Chai weaves all into this work along with memorable allegories to delight readers and bring out the shine of Torah.

    This sefer should be a core part of everyone’s library and will benefit both the advanced and beginner scholar. Sefer Rus cannot be understood simply by a superficial read; the Ben Ish Chai brings out the sefer’s beautiful themes of modesty, loyalty and kindness, which are the hallmark of the Jewish people.

     

    Acclaim for
    The Light of the Ben Ish Chai on Megillas Esther

    There is a phrase which is used to depict an outstanding sefer – beautiful wisdom in a beautiful vessel.  This would serve as an appropriate description of R’ Yerachmiel Bratt’s The Light of the Ben Ish Chai.  The wisdom of the exalted Master, zt”l, is presented to the modern reader in a manner that makes Torah accessible to every individual.  More power to the author.

    Rabbi Dovid Cohen
    Rav, Congregation Gvul Yaavetz
    Brooklyn, NY

        To our loss, the erudition of the Ben Ish Chai has been largely unknown in the Ashkenazic community.  Yerachmiel Bratt has now made the wisdom of this outstanding scholar readily accessible to all.  He has succeeded in combining lucidity in translation with fidelity to the original.  This classic text will serve as a source of knowledge and inspiration to scholar and student alike.

    Rabbi J. David Bleich
    Rosh Yeshiva and Rosh Kollel Le’Horaah
    Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary

     

    http://www.thejewishstar.com/stories/the-light-of-the-ben-ish-chai-on-megillas-rus,15514
    Review by Alan Jay Gerber, Kosher Bookworm | The Jewish Star

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  • Shalom Boston

    Dr. Benjamin Goodnick A"H

    "Shalom, Yerushalayim. Good-bye. I won’t be seeing you for a long time. I don’t want to go but I have to. I don’t know how to convince my mother to stay."

    “Shoshi,” Imma said to me a few days ago, “It’s done. We’re going to Harvard University in the United States. They accepted me.” The words burst like a lightning flash and a thunderbolt at the same instant – right over my head. I was stunned. I could not move or speak.

    Shoshanna thus began a new life adventure. Hashem dictates plans for our lives – She was accustomed to her friends in Yerushalayim, a family with Imma and Abba, but Abba left Imma so “Imma has to find work to make a living for both of us. Abba isn’t giving her any money…so she’s going where they offered her a job…” She tells herself “I suppose it’s going to be ‘Shalom, Boston’… I may never see my friends – or Abba – again. But I’m not giving up. I’m going to fight all the way – even after I get to America.”

    “Shalom, Boston” tells the story of a young lady, who is faced with multiple challenges in leaving the Holy City of Yerushalayim, leaving behind friends, and a way of life. She adapts to meeting new friends in a new school, and to her mother’s pressures of working and finding her own new life. Finally, Shoshanna makes new connections to Her and Our Jewish past through the mitzvah of being kind to others.

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