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  • Seventy Faces

    Volume 1

    Norman Lamm

    Each book of the two volume set is a compendium of 60 articles and lectures written and delivered over a period of 50 years. The articles are divided into l0 sections.
    These articles offer the reader a felicitous entree into Dr. Lamm's thoughts and feelings on some of the most significant issues in our era. It also provides insights into the evolution of the viewpoints of one of the most prominent and influential Jewish thinkers of our time.
    Volume 1 includes Modern Orthodoxy, Faith, Community, Morality and Family and Education.
    Volume 2 includes Halakhah (Jewish Law), Holidays, the Rabbinate, Zionism, and the Holocaust.
    These articles offer the reader a felicitous entree into Dr. Lamm's thoughts and feelings on some of the most significant issues in our era. It also provides insights into the evolution of the viewpoints of one of the most prominent and influential Jewish thinkers of our time. Learn More
  • Seventy Faces

    Volume 2

    Norman Lamm

    Each book of the two volume set is a compendium of 60 articles and lectures written and delivered over a period of 50 years. The articles are divided into l0 sections.
    These articles offer the reader a felicitous entree into Dr. Lamm's thoughts and feelings on some of the most significant issues in our era. It also provides insights into the evolution of the viewpoints of one of the most prominent and influential Jewish thinkers of our time.
    Volume 1 includes Modern Orthodoxy, Faith, Community, Morality and Family and Education.
    Volume 2 includes Halakhah (Jewish Law), Holidays, the Rabbinate, Zionism, and the Holocaust.
    These articles offer the reader a felicitous entree into Dr. Lamm's thoughts and feelings on some of the most significant issues in our era. It also provides insights into the evolution of the viewpoints of one of the most prominent and influential Jewish thinkers of our time. Learn More
  • The Religious Thought of Hasidism

    Norman Lamm

    "The academic study of Hasidism has in comparatively recent years begun to take seriously the primary sources of the movement, especially the books, essays, and other literature of its major exponents. Much like the popular views of Hasidism-which both romanticized and demonized it beyond recognition, identifying it with the 'shtetl' experience which it either glamorized or scorned - too many students of religion have fallen prey to reductionist tendencies.... Whatever their views, too many have failed to appreciate the intellectual power ad theological importance of the leaders of the movement over the last two centuries and more. These have been overlooked partly because of the reductionist inclination mentioned above and part because of a language problem: some hasidic thinkers created their own vocabulary; others were regrettably inarticulate; while others delivered their discourses orally....""""
    ~ From the Preface to The Religious Thought of Hasidism
    Praise for The Religious Thought of Hasidism
    Lamm... offers a monumental and magisterial history of Hasidism. When it emerged in the 18th century under the leadership of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (usually referred to as the Besht), Hasidism combined the mystical elements of Kabbalah with scrupulous observance of Torah and halakah. Because Hasidism was a strongly messianic movement, many critics accused it of not taking seriously enough halakic regulations concerning prayer and worship. Lamm's invaluable collection of primary documents narrates Hasidism's theological development. Each of the book's 18 chapters focuses on intellectual topics ranging from """"God and Providence"""" and """"The Soul"""" to """"Evil and Suffering"""" and """"Exile and Redemption."""" Lamm introduces each chapter with a brief historical and theological essay, then gathers the writings of various Hasidic teachers, from the 18th to the 20th centuries, on these topics. For example, the section on the soul opens with reflections on the """"ten sefirot of the Jewish soul,"""" by Rabbi Shneur Zalman (1745–1813), and includes a meditation on the soul by Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav (1772–1811), a grandson of the Besht, concluding with Rabbi Elimelekh of Lizhensk's (1717–1787) reflections on """"the soul as wife."""" Included here are also the writings of the Besht and his successor, the Maggid of Mezeritch (1710–1772), who continued his teacher's emphases on asceticism and mysticism. Lamm's collection opens the pages on a fascinating chapter in religious history and practice. Presents annotated translations of selected passages, arranged according to topic. Introductory sections provide an overview and a context for the material in each chapter, and a general introduction does the same for the volume as a whole. It sketches the historical background of the early Hasidic movement, charts its central ideas in their intellectual and historical context - the wider range of Jewish and mystical thought. Hasidic Thought is an encyclopedia of hasidic religious thought, covering all of the major topics and major hasidic thinkers of the first three generations.
    ~ Publishers Weekly
    This immense anthology of the wisdom of the Hasidic teachers and sages, with extended commentary and relevant scholarly material, is almost unprecedented as a resource in English, with the possible exception of Louis Newman's Hasidic Anthology (1934). Readers not already familiar with these teachings in Hebrew should benefit tremendously from this carefully annotated collection of advice on every subject, from the nature of the godhead to the body. Recommended for most collections.
    ~ Library Journal " Learn More
  • Religious Thought of Hasidism Text and Commentary

    Norman Lamm

    Presents annotated translations of selected passages, arranged according to topic. Introductory sections provide an overview and a context for the material in each chapter, and a general introduction does the same for the volume as a whole. It sketches
    the historical background of the early Hasidic movement, charts its central ideas in their intellectual and historical context - the wider range of Jewish and mystical thought.
    Hasidic Thought is an encyclopedia of hasidic religious thought, covering all of the major topics and major hasidic thinkers of the first three generations. Learn More
  • Faith & Doubt

    Norman Lamm

    Faith and Doubt addresses the question of the encounter of religious faith with modern life and civilization. Dr. Norman Lamm, former President of Yeshiva University and current Chancellor, is identified with modern Orthodox Judaism but his volume is addressed to a wider audience - to believing people of all faiths, students of religion, to the searchers and curious and even to the skeptics and scoffers.
    The themes treated in these pages range from comparative law to metaphysics, and from moral philosophy to natural science, all from the vantage point of what has been called Modern Orthodox Judaism. This third edition updates the above, and also includes a new chapter on Law and Morality in Judaism.
    About the Author
    Dr. Norman Lamm is Chancellor of Yeshiva University, the nation's oldest and largest university under Jewish auspices. He served as its President for twenty seven years until 2003. He was founder and first editor of Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought and is the author of ten books, among them Torah Umadda, Torah Lishmah, The Shema, Seventy Faces, and The Religious Thought of Hasidism.
    Praise for Faith & Doubt
    Faith & Doubt discusses religious faith and comes from a former President of Yeshiva University identified with modern Orthodox Judaism - but this book shouldn't be limited to such an audience. It discusses everything from comparative law and metaphysics to natural science and updates all topics discussed in the prior edition. For college-level in-depth Judaic philosophy and spirituality holdings, it is a top pick.
    ~ Midwest Book Review Learn More
  • Festivals of Faith

    Norman Lamm

    David Schatz

    Festivals of Faith: Reflections on the Jewish Holidays is a collection of Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm's thoughts on the Jewish holidays culled principally from his sermons and divrei Torah delivered while he was Rabbi of The Jewish Center in New York City. Each discourse is an individual gem, and together they constitute a treasure trove of profound insights and inspiring teachings. Spanning the entire year, Festivals of Faith contains several selections for each holiday.

    Those familiar with Rabbi Lamm and his work will find numerous examples of Rabbi Lamm's consummate ability to captivate his audience with intellectually compelling concepts masterfully expressed in his eloquent style. Celebrate the holidays with Rabbi Lamm as they take on new meaning in the hands of this master of Jewish thought and tradition. Rabbi Norman Lamm was Chancellor of Yeshiva University and Rosh HaYeshiva of its affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary until his retirement in mid 2013, and is one of the most gifted and profound thinkers of the Modern Orthodox community. He was the founding editor of Tradition, the journal of Orthodox thought published by the Rabbinical Council of America, and to this day convenes the Orthodox Forum, a think tank of rabbis, academicians, and community leaders that meets annually to discuss topics of concern in the Orthodox community. Rabbi Lamm served for many years as Rabbi of The Jewish Center, one of New York City's most prominent and vibrant Orthodox synagogues. A prolific author in the field of Jewish philosophy and law, a distinguished academician, and a charismatic pulpit rabbi, Rabbi Lamm has made, and continues to make, an extraordinary impact on the Jewish community. With a rare combination of penetrating scholarship and eloquence of expression, he has successfully presented a Torah view of contemporary Jewish life that speaks movingly to all.  Learn More

  • The Megillah: Majesty & Mystery

    Norman Lamm

    Joel B. Wolowelsky

    Purim is one of the most festive days on the Jewish calendar, but the trappings of joy and merrymaking mask a more serious message. Join Rabbi Norman Lamm as he thoughtfully reveals the underlying themes of Megillat Esther and the Purim holiday.

    OU Press and RIETS/Yeshiva University Press are proud to offer Rabbi Lamm's unique and eloquent insights into Torah, human nature, God's role in history, the relation of God and humankind, and other timeless themes.
    This compelling commentary consists of Rabbi Norman Lamm's insights on Megillat Esther and the Purim holiday, as well as on Tefillat Ma'ariv, the evening prayer service, gleaned from the vast corpus of his oral and written offerings.
    Together with several complete derashot on other "days of thanksgiving," this new presentation of Rabbi Lamm's thought provides a broad canvas on which Rabbi Lamm portrays, in his inimitable style, God's repeated salvation of His people, a salvation which is sometimes clear and bold, at others times ambiguous and obscure.
    The holiday of Purim takes on new and deeper meaning with Rabbi Lamm's keen insight and nuanced perspective.


    From Rabbi Lamm's commentary 

    A famous Talmudic statement concerning Purim is that one ought to drink more than his usual standard of sobriety. It permits one to drink so that he does not distinguish between accursed Haman and blessed Mordecai (Megillah 7b). This does not mean, assuredly, that one must intoxicate himself to the point where he loses his capacity for analytic distinctions. Rather, it means that one must drink only slightly more than usual so as, on the contrary, he gains greater spiritual insight. This spiritual insight will show that, indeed, there is truly no difference at all between "accursed Haman" and "blessed is Mordecai." . . . It is when the anti-Semite accuses us of fostering the unity of Israel, the differentness of Judaism, and the resistance to idolatry that is part of our national character, that we can rise to our fullest stature as being loyal to our spiritual destiny and vocation. There is, and there should be, no difference between Haman's curse and Mordecai's blessing. Haman's indictment is a "true bill," it points to the source of our strength and our blessing.

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  • The Royal Table

    Norman Lamm

    Joel B. Wolowelsky

    Compiled and Edited by Joel B. Wolowelsky
    Published in Association with the OU Press.
    The Passover Haggadah is perhaps the most popular Jewish liturgical book after the siddur. Each year families gather around their tables to retell the story of the Exodus of the nascent Jewish community from Egypt, using an ancient text made ever-relevant by each generation's added commentaries. Now the OU PRESS has the honor of publishing Rabbi Norman Lamm s Haggadah commentary, a work of brilliant insights expressed in Rabbi Lamm s inimitable style, articulate and engaging, while sensitive and moving.

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  • Torah Lishmah: Torah for Torah's Sake

    Norman Lamm

    Torah Lishmah
    Torah for Torah's Sake
    In the Works of Rabbi Hayyim of Volozhin
    and His Contemporaries
    Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm
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