Redeeming Relevance in the Book of Genesis (Urim, 2006)

 

In this book, Rabbi Francis Nataf brings a sophisticated approach to some of the central themes in Genesis offering profound and relevant teachings from the Torah's first book. Redeeming Relevance comes highly recommended from such notable Jewish leaders as Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm and Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein.


REVIEWS

Rabbi Gidon Rothstein, Bookjed Digest

Rabbi Shlomo Brody, Tradition Online and Rachel Minkin, AJL Newsletter

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Redeeming Relevance in the Book of Exodus (Urim, 2010)

 

Rabbi Nataf draws on his keen literary awareness and deep knowledge of the text, Midrash and commentaries to provide original readings of some of the major stories in the book of Exodus. Through careful and creative textual analysis, he shows that we can still find new and provocative text-based insights.

 

REVIEWS

Rabbi Aharon E. Wexler, Jewish Bible Quarterly

Alan Jay Gerber, Long Island Jewish Star

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Redeeming Relevance in the Book of Numbers (Urim, 2014)

Continuing Rabbi Francis Nataf’s innovative analysis of the Torah’s five books, this volume focuses on some of the most perplexing stories in the Book of Numbers. It weaves them into discussions about the individual and the community, religious leadership and its abuse, and about communication and disappointment. Taking a new look at Judaism’s most basic text, Rabbi Nataf reads the Bible in ways that make it more accessible and more exciting to study. The clarity of the insights in Redeeming Relevance in the Book of Numbers reveals new patterns in the biblical text.


REVIEWS

Rabbi Ari Kahn, Bookjed Digest

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Redeeming Relevance in the Book of Deuteronomy (Urim, 2016)

Redeeming Relevance in the book of Deuteronomy continues Rabbi Francis Nataf’s innovative analysis of the five books of the biblical Torah. A fresh look at the final and most challenging of the five books, this volume focuses on topics such as mortality, personal vision, identity, humanity, and religion and state. Rabbi Francis Nataf shows his talent for discovering previously untouched facets of the Torah and connecting them to Jewish tradition. The clarity of the insights and patterns presented shows how a personal analysis of the biblical text can lead to living a more spiritually rewarding and ethically correct life.


REVIEWS

Alan Jay Gerber, Long Island Jewish Star

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