Curing the Annual Chumash Doldrums: New Volume of Abarbanel

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  1. dr.bill says:

    excellent suggestion.  for those who have not been able to be maavir sedrah, shenayim mikre ve’echad targum, peshuto ki’mashmaoh, the 5 volume onkelos al hatorah, will provide the ability to perform that ancient practice, deriving a great deal of insight into how various meforshim approached each posuk.

  2. lacosta says:

    find hirsh symbolism of objects and vessels very helpful. and of course , need visual aids…

  3. Raymond says:

    For as long as I can remember, it has been my dream to be a Torah scholar (isn’t it of every Jew?).  However, I have to say, that studying the works of such major Rishonim as the Abarbanel is quite intimidating to me.  I have heard that his ideas are not easy to understand at all.  I once tried to tackle the Torah commentary of the RambaN, but after going through about fifty pages of it, I think I understood maybe one idea…and even that is doubtful.  So, what I am trying to do now, is to go through the modern day Torah commentaries of prominent Rabbis who have been alive in my lifetime.  If I can successfully get through those, I may dare to try some of the older, more classic material, such as the Abarbanel.

  4. TE says:

    Rayomond – get a chavrusa!  It will be a great help in understanding material.  If none is available in your area, consider a phone or skype chavrusa along the lines of Partners in Torah.  The world of meforshei hatorah will open up to you!

  5. Steve Brizel says:

    Raymond I second the idea of a chavrusa in Ramban. There are so many hashkafic fundamentals and sweeping ideas in Ramban.  BH I received a wonderful training in Raman in my years in YU and its wonderful JSS program .

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