This book is a collection drawn from Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz’s oral discourses on the weekly parashot, the Torah portions that we read each Shabbat in the synagogue. As a rule, these discourses touch upon one point in each parasha, usually either exegetical or conceptual in nature. This point always illuminates a meaningful idea in the parasha, stimulating thought and introspection.
The book was not written as a discrete work. Most of the chapters are based on discourses that Rabbi Steinsaltz delivered over the years to students at his various institutions, including Yeshivat Mekor Chaim, at the Bat Ayin Yeshiva, and at Yeshivat Tekoa.
Some of the discourses were written especially for this collection. Naturally, the style of these discourses differs slightly from that of the oral discourses.
The discourses were edited with the intention of basically preserving the speaking style of Rabbi Steinsaltz. Hence, the book’s language is conversational and reflective, not necessarily adhering to the formal style found in true written works.
Translated by Daniel Haberman, edited by Daniel Landman. Published by the Maggid imprint of Koren Publishers Jerusalem.