Call 201-963-9524 / 718-972-5449   Fax 718-972-6307

What Did The Prophets Say

What Did The Prophets Say

Volume 2: Shmuel Bet, Melachim Aleph, Melachim Bet

By Rabbi Doctor P. Rosenzweig

What Did the Prophets Say? provides a rare and intimate opportunity to understand the message of the Prophets for our times. The reader is invited into a series of actual classes that cover the works of the Prophets from Joshua through the end of Melachim (Kings II). This book presents the text and its message in a readable form that is extraordinary in its scope and depth. What Did the Prophets Say? was authored by Rabbi Dr. P. Rosenzweig, an ordained orthodox rabbi and a practicing clinical psychologist.





Prophets in our time


By Maayan Jaffe/JNS.org


What did the prophets say and why does it matter today? Rabbi Dr. Peter Rosenzweig, a clinical psychologist and former professor at Northwestern University in Chicago, provides the answers in his new two-volume series.


Rosenzweig’s book “What Did the Prophets Say?”—which came out just after Passover 2015—is the first of its kind to tackle the lessons gleaned from all 48 Jewish biblical prophets and seven prophetesses. What makes the books even more unique is that they are based on three years of classes taught to adult businesspeople, intellectu-als, and professionals at the Bais Chaim Dovid Orthodox synagogue in Lincolnwood, a suburb of Chicago. Many of the participants had limited backgrounds, which barred them from accessing the prophets’ lessons earlier in their lives. In the books, readers become virtual members of the class, as it is written with the students’ questions, challenges, and insights at the centre.


Rosenzweig, the child of Holocaust survivors and a new Israeli immigrant, uses the texts to springboard into a better understanding of the modern Jewish world. While he tells JNS.org that he was careful not to psychoanalyze the prophets, which seems logical given his background, “being someone who is very involved in people’s emotional lives and struggles, it was important to me to see how that perspective would help us understand what people were like during the time of the nevi’im (prophets). What did people like Shmuel (Samuel) encounter in the society in which he was living?”


In his book, Rosenzweig notes that there were very few people in Tanakh (Torah, Prophets, and Writings) who spoke to God on such an intimate and soulful level as King David. But then he also talks to the drama of the relationship between King David and Bathsheba.


“All of these aspects [of the prophets] are so rich with human conflict and there were tremendous riddles. Take Yishayahu HaMelech (King Isaiah). He was literally raised on the ceiling of the Holy of Holies. How can a person like that be a great king on the one hand and then, at the end of his life, do some things about which the prophets are very critical?” explains Rosenzweig.


Dr. Miriam Gutmann was a member of Rosenzweig’s class. She says her teacher “had a very personal way of approaching the narrative, which would make it take off from the text to more spiritual and philosophical concepts….This was high-powered and thought-provoking.”


That same content appears in the books.


Gutmann also notes that each of the participants would bring in their own thoughts and contributions based on their life experiences and level of learning. This made the class “intellectually challenging—the class and Peter rose to the occasion.”


She continues, “Peter is unique and his book reflects that.”


Bella Heching says she had a similar experience. She tells JNS.org that while she had studied about the prophets in high school, Rosenzweig’s insights “tied together ideas and views that is much more alive.”


“If you didn’t know anything, he could still teach you something. And if you did know something, he could enhance your knowledge,” she says. “His book is excellent.”


Rosenzweig says he never considered himself a writer, but he felt a need to sit down and compose this book, which runs from the Book of Joshua until Kings Two (lecture 146). He hopes that other Jewish communal leaders (like some of those that attended his class) will be able to benefit from it.


“I speak with these leaders through the eyes of the nevi’im—the ways the prophets handled the people, and handled disappointment as Jewish leaders,” he says. “These are not just books of written and translated texts. They teach us something about Jewish life in general.:


“What Did the Prophets Say” is published by Targum Press

Availability: Out of stock!

$24.99

Reviews

new wisdom, new ideas, and new moral teachingsReview by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
HaRav Pinchas Rosenzweig’s book is one from which lovers of Torah can get new wisdom, new ideas, and new moral teachings for the present times. (Posted on 5/27/2015)
Penetrating retelling of and commentary on the early prophetsReview by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
This is a unique and penetrating retelling of and commentary on the early prophets. Rabbi Dr. Rosenzweig combines an extraordinary range of Jewish knowledge with the keen insight of a psychologist, which he is, and with the equally keen ability to extract the meaning of the prophets and their applicability to each of our lives. (Posted on 5/27/2015)
Clear explanations, both illuminating and informativeReview by Rabbi Shimon Krasner Author Nachlas Shimon on Nevi
…illuminating and informative, providing a contemporary reading of the narrative of the Neviim with an emphasis on the ethical teachings and moral lessons that the Navi wished to impart to us…the proper learning of Nach requires the understanding and application of these teachings. The author’s clear explanations provide an important tool for this. (Posted on 5/27/2015)
Magnificent record of lecturesReview by Rabbi Leonard A. Matanky, Ph.D. President RCA
“What Did the Prophets Say” is a magnificent record of lectures on the Early Prophets which convey not only a depth of textual understanding but also life lessons of supreme importance. Dr. Rosenzweig draws from an extraordinarily wide range of Rabbinic sources, as well as his own professional insights into human nature to create a most important work of mussar and personal growth! (Posted on 5/27/2015)
An articulate writing style and a comprehensive presentation of a variety of the mifarshimReview by Dr. Alan Kadish President, Touro College
The work combines an articulate writing style and a comprehensive presentation of a variety of mifarshim, and a unique ability to translate the lessons of the Neviim into guidance for everyday lives. Extracting appropriate life lessons from Navi is not always easy and your sefer does it with a reverence of past work, creative Chidushim and a positive message that will enhance Klal Yisrael. (Posted on 5/27/2015)
COMBINES THE ETERNAL WISDOM OF THE SAGES WITH THE BRILLIANT PERSPECTIVE THAT ONLY A SEASONED PSYCHOLOGIST CAN PROVIDE.Review by ALIZA MIRIAM
THIS AMAZING BOOK COMBINES THE ETERNAL WISDOM OF THE SAGES WITH THE BRILLIANT PERSPECTIVE THAT ONLY A SEASONED PSYCHOLOGIST CAN PROVIDE. RABBI DR. ROSENZWEIG INJECTS EACH PEREK WITH A UNIQUE AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT NOT JUST THE BASIC STORY TOLD BY THE NAVI; BUT HE BRINGS INSIGHTFUL PERSPECTIVE AND EVEN HUMOR, TO MANY OF THE PERIPHERAL ISSUES THAT PLAY INTO EACH SITUATION. RABBI ROSENZWEIG REVEALS THE SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND OFTEN PSYCHOLOGICAL SIDE OF THE EVENTS AS TOLD BY THE NAVI AND GIVES THE READER A REALISTIC VIEW OF THE "CAST," TO ENCOMPASS THE FULL SPHERE OF THE NAVI'S MESSAGE TO US. A COMPELLING READ!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR EVEN THE NEW STUDENT OF NAVI!!
(Posted on 5/19/2015)

Write Your Own Review

Only registered users can write reviews. Please, log in or register

Tags

Tags

Use spaces to separate tags. Use single quotes (') for phrases.

Additional Info

Additional Info

ISBN 978-1-56871-585-8
Format Hardcover
SKU targum1022