Torah Beloved

Reflections on the Love of Torah and the Celebration of the Holiday of Matan Torah

By Norman Lamm

Edited by Daniel Gober

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 248

ISBN: 9781602803879


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The weekly sermons delivered by Rabbi Norman Lamm while Rabbi of The Jewish Center in New York City are legendary for their profound intellectual substance and soaring eloquence. Dynamic and charismatic, Rabbi Lamm, through his spellbinding sermons, guided his congregants in confronting the corrosive influence of contemporary secular culture and choosing instead steadfast loyalty to Orthodox tradition. Rabbi Lamm's words and thoughts are as relevant today, to twenty-first century Jewish life, as they were when originally expressed decades ago.

A recurring theme that runs through many of Rabbi Lamm's messages is the love of Torah and the concept that the study of Torah is not merely an intellectual exercise but that which imbues our lives with meaning and value. In Torah Beloved, a group of Rabbi Lamm's sermons has been assembled which celebrate the holiday of Shavuot, the holiday of the giving of the Torah, and which express the love of Torah. With this collection of sermonic gems, together with two essays by Rabbi Lamm which delve in greater detail into the appreciation of Torah and Torah study, the idea of the love of Torah takes on a new and deeper meaning.

About the Author

Rabbi Norman Lamm, former President of Yeshiva University and Rosh HaYeshiva of its affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, is one of the most gifted and profound thinkers of the Modern Orthodox community. He was the founding editor of Tradition, the journal of Orthodox thought published by the Rabbinical Council of America, and established the Orthodox Forum, a think tank of rabbis, academicians, and community leaders that meets annually to discuss topics of concern in the Orthodox community.  Before assuming the presidency of Yeshiva University, Rabbi Lamm served for many years as Rabbi of The Jewish Center, one of New York City's most prominent and vibrant Orthodox synagogues. A prolific author in the field of Jewish philosophy and law, a distinguished academician, and a charismatic pulpit rabbi, Rabbi Lamm has made an extraordinary impact on the Jewish community. With a rare combination of penetrating scholarship and eloquence of expression, he has successfully presented a Torah view of contemporary Jewish life that speaks movingly to all.