The Power of Torah

Ben Ish Hai Anthology

By Ben Ish Hai

Translated by Daniel Levy

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 397

ISBN: 9780873009669


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Hacham Yosef Hayyim of Baghdad (1833-1909) was one of the most brilliant and prolific Sefardic sages of his time. Best known for his halachic work, the Ben Ish Hai, he wrote over seventy books on all areas of Torah study, from response to mussar to Kabbalah. He was the undisputed leader of Sefardic  Jewry, and his work remains one of the major influences on the Torah world today.

The Ben Ish Hai Athology offers a select translation of Otzrot Hayyim, a thirty-five volume encyclopedia of the writings of H. Yosef Hayyim, published by Yeshivat Ahavat Shalom of Jerusalem. Each volume of Otzrot Hayyim is a collection of the Ben Ish Hai's teachings on a specific topic, such as Torah, Prayer, Repentance, and the Jewish holidays. The Ben Ish Hai Athology, these teachings have been made available to the English-speaking public for the first time.

In this volume, The Power Of Torah, the Ben Ish Hai candidly addresses basic questions regarding belief in the Written and Oral Torah and the rabbinic ordinances. How is Torah different than man-made theories and ideologies? Why has Torah alone withstood the test of time? How does Torah help one actualize potential and develop innate greatness? The Ben Ish Hai discusses Torah as a world outlook, a way of life, and a legal code combined, simply enough for a child to study, yet deep enough to challenge the most brilliant minds.