The Light of the Ben Ish Chai on Megillas Rus

Translated by Yerachmiel Bratt

Format: Hardcover



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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.


Acclaim for
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
Brooklyn, NY

    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,15514
Review by Alan Jay Gerber, Kosher Bookworm | The Jewish Star