A Year with the Sages

About the Book


The second volume in the JPS Daily Inspiration series, A Year With The Sages invites readers to spend a year with the words, ideas, and inspiration of the Sages, as seen through meditations on each of the 54 weekly Torah portions as well as on the Jewish holidays.

The masterful teachings of the Sages, the great rabbinic leaders from the time of Ezra until the conclusion of the Babylonian Talmud, are recorded in the Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmuds, the Mishnah, the Tosefta, and the Tannaitic Midrashim. Their astute and judicious sayings and stories have profoundly transformed Judaism.

Here, Rabbi Reuven Hammer illuminates them by connecting them to the week’s Torah portion, offering reflective commentary on both the Torah and the Sages’ quotations, and sharing a personal story—all helping us to integrate the Sages’ great spiritual insights into our lives.

Rabbi Reuven Hammer

Rabbi Reuven Hammer is the former director and dean of the Jerusalem branch of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), 1974–92, where he served as a professor of Rabbinic literature. He holds a Doctor of Humane Letters from JTS and a PhD from Northwestern University. He was also the founding director of the Seminary of Jewish Studies (1987–90). He is the author or editor of many books, including Entering the High Holy Days: A Complete Guide to the History, Prayers, and Themes (JPS, 2005) and Sifre: A Taanaitic Commentary on Deuteronomy, both National Jewish Book Award winners.

Read author’s article in The Jerusalem Post.

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