Introduction by Rabbi Yisroel Reisman
The Light of the Ben Ish Chai on Megillas Rus is a translation of the Ben Ish Chai’s commentary on the Book of Rus. The Ben Ish Chai masterfully illuminates the text through pardes exposition. Pardes is exposition of 1) pshat, the plain meaning of the verse; 2) remez, holy numerical exposition; 3) drash, extrinsic source exposition and 4) sod, kabbalah. The Ben Ish Chai weaves all into this work along with memorable allegories to delight readers and bring out the shine of Torah.
This sefer should be a core part of everyone’s library and will benefit both the advanced and beginner scholar. Sefer Rus cannot be understood simply by a superficial read; the Ben Ish Chai brings out the sefer’s beautiful themes of modesty, loyalty and kindness, which are the hallmark of the Jewish people.
The Light of the Ben Ish Chai on Megillas Esther
There is a phrase which is used to depict an outstanding sefer – beautiful wisdom in a beautiful vessel. This would serve as an appropriate description of R’ Yerachmiel Bratt’s The Light of the Ben Ish Chai. The wisdom of the exalted Master, zt”l, is presented to the modern reader in a manner that makes Torah accessible to every individual. More power to the author.
Rabbi Dovid Cohen
Rav, Congregation Gvul Yaavetz
To our loss, the erudition of the Ben Ish Chai has been largely unknown in the Ashkenazic community. Yerachmiel Bratt has now made the wisdom of this outstanding scholar readily accessible to all. He has succeeded in combining lucidity in translation with fidelity to the original. This classic text will serve as a source of knowledge and inspiration to scholar and student alike.
Rabbi J. David Bleich
Rosh Yeshiva and Rosh Kollel Le’Horaah
Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
Review by Alan Jay Gerber, Kosher Bookworm | The Jewish Star