The definition of a classic? More than we read it, it reads us.
There is no work more fundamental to Western civilisation and the Jewish people than the Tanakh (Bible) and there has never been a more exciting time to study or teach Tanakh.
In the last month, as part of the 929 project, we – myself and the 500+ members of our whatsapp groups – have completed the first 5 books of the Torah, one chapter a day, five days a week. This completion coincides more or less with the first yahrzeit of my grandmother, Nancy Hannah Wolfson, and in her memory and honour I’m delighted to be able to share the almost 200 recordings that have taken us from Bereishit to Devarim.
Here are some highlights:
- If you’re looking for some pre-Pesach Torah, you might be interested in the recordings on Shemot
- Judge Elyakim Rubinstein, former vice-president of the Israeli Supreme Court, discussing Avraham at Sedom (Bereishit 18)
- Helen Aylon, feminist artist and former chassidic rebbetzin on Betzalel (Shemot 31)
- Harris Lorie drops blinding midrashim on Moshe arguing to save Israel after the golden calf (Shemot 32)
- Rabbi Menachim Leibtag introduces Vayikra (ch.1)
- Calev Ben Dor on the spies through Bialik and Levinas (Bamidbar 14)
- Rabbi Gamliel Shmalo and Alan Levenson Tzara’at (Vayikra 13 and 14)
- Rabbi Dov Lerner’s jaw-dropping spoken word sermon on Bilam pt.1 and pt.2 (Bamidbar 23)
- Rabbi Sacks concluding Devarim and beginning Yehoshua
- Yitzchak Herzog, former Labor party leader and current chair of the Jewish Agency on Megillat Esther