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Pearls from the Torah

Something Old, Something New

By Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

With a clear-eyed awareness and appreciation for the benefits and challenges of our modern world and culture, Rabbi Eliyahu Safran has written a commentary of the weekly Torah portions that makes clear his abiding love for Jewish teaching and knowledge. In these pages, Rabbi Safran brings to bear the power and grace of Jewish wisdom on the issues and concerns of our time, devoting important and compelling insights to the ways the modern world impacts our young people and how our tradition gives us the tools to nurture, guide and mentor them with intelligence and sanctity. Rabbi Safran's short, easy to grasp thoughts demonstrate anew that eternal truths speak powerfully and sensitively to each and every generation.


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~Review by Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer, Arutz Sheva
Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, whose half century of accomplishments in Jewish education, the rabbinate, writing and kashrut are legendary, has just published a jam-packed collection of essays on the weekly Torah portion, entitled Something Old, Something New: Pearls from the Torah.

Aside from being thick enough to provide loads of new and creative great divrei Torah for any occasion, spanning the entire Chumash and beyond, and aside from exuding brilliance and depth, Rabbi Safran’s delightful new book brings to the English-reading Jewish world some very unusual and refreshing features, making this book one of a kind.

Read the full article here: (Posted on 5/20/2019)
~Review by Gil Student, Jewish Action Magazine
The rabbinate as a profession contains multiple paths and areas of specialization. These include the pulpit, education and other specific concentrations, each of which requires unique skills. Many rabbis master one or two of these areas after years of honing their trade. Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran is the rare individual who has risen to the top of many different fields in his remarkable rabbinic career(s). As a synagogue rabbi, a school principal, a kosher expert, a published author and a sought-after orator, he has refined his immense natural talents on many different levels to allow him to succeed in multiple roles.

Along the way, Rabbi Safran has published essays on the weekly Torah reading. On the one hand, his style is classical. He writes with the eloquence of a prior generation, carefully following the best practices of style and form. His metaphors pierce; his parables hit home. His sermons resonate with the tone of a practiced preacher, a rabbi who knows how to elicit interest with the careful turn of phrase and pointed question.

On the other hand, Rabbi Safran stands firmly in the twenty-first century. Famously, he met his beloved wife online. He is keenly aware of the challenges of loneliness, the temptations of cynicism, the subtle yet insidious subversion of Torah values we face every day. He addresses the dangers of cookie-cutter education: “We must learn from Yaakov’s example and always encourage our children and students to develop and pursue their unique strengths and gifts.” The importance of acceptance of others: “Preparing to pray, like preparing to receive the Torah, asks of me that I embrace the community. I must love my fellow Jews.” The necessity of tradition: “Authentic Jewish experience is rooted in yesterday’s Jewish behaviors and precedent. We do not live in a vacuum of time but nestled within the fullness of Jewish experience and teaching.” The emotional value of giving: “If you ever feel down, reach out to someone else rather than hope someone reaches out to you. You will be amazed at how good you will feel.”

Something Old, Something New is a brilliant rabbi’s classical sermons about contemporary problems. Rabbi Dr. Safran brings his formidable talents to bear on the questions of modern life, showing that the Torah remains eternally relevant. (Posted on 3/27/2019)

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Additional Info

Additional Info

ISBN 9781602803152
Pages 703
Format Hardcover
SKU ktav2667
Publisher Ktav Publishing House