Eternally Yours - Leviticus: Torah's Enduring Relevance for a Life of Wisdom (Paperback)
The Book of Leviticus, known in Hebrew as Vayikra, is one of the most challenging in the entire Torah. Its primary subject appears to be the extensive animal sacrifices which constituted the bulk of the Temple Service, which was in effect thousands of years ago and seems outdated to the modern reader. In the current volume of his Eternally Yours series, Rabbi Reuven Mann demonstrates that the true theme of Leviticus is the cultivation of holiness, which is manifested in a life of wisdom, righteous behavior, and concern for one's fellow man. He elucidates, in clear and riveting prose, how the themes of animal sacrifice and personal holiness are intertwined, providing a new understanding of the Torah's approach to the issue of human moral perfection. Rabbi Mann specializes in making difficult abstract concepts clear and accessible for all readers. The topics of the essays are tantalizing and pique one's curiosity. They include, "The Evil Inclination, Redeemed," "Why Sacrifice Makes Sense," "Purging Vessels And Souls," "A Righteous Parent," "Jewish Exceptionalism," "Judaism And Capitalism," and many others. Rabbi Mann's engaging style makes this an enlightening and enjoyable foray into the issues contained in the third Book of the Torah.