Rahav-Meir, Sivan. “#Parasha: Weekly Insights from a Leading Israeli Journalist”, Menorah, 2017.
I bet I read at least ten commentaries on the Torah portion each week which means that I usually get ten (or more) opinions about what the Five Books of Moses has to say. I tend to read a couple of classical takes and then I enjoy the more modern ones and the amazing thing is that no matter when it was written, the commentaries like the Torah are relevant and when we consider how long people have been reading the Torah, we realize that is contains a great deal of wisdom about just about everything.
I am always on the lookout for new commentaries and am so glad to have found Sivan Rahav-Meir’s “#Parasha”. Rahav-Meir is an Israeli journalist who has interviewed heads of state and senior political officials. She has uncovered exclusive stories that have impacted life and discourse in Israel and she knows Torah. Here she shares her journalistic and life to the weekly Torah portion.
Rahav-Meir shares brief reflections on the Torah from sources past and present and gives a thought-provoking message for the entire family. She began doing short posts shared on social media and those posts actually brought about conversation amongst religious, traditional and progressive families. Now, with the translation of this book from the original Hebrew, she brings ideas to the English-speaking public and we are very lucky. Meir-Rahav is respected by religious and secular Jews and as a prime time anchor on Israel’s TV, she finds her way into people’s homes as reports on politics, the courts, the religious sector, and the government. She knows life, and addresses it in this easy to read fascinating book. She manages to bring the Torah into daily conversation by adding new voices to the ones we usually hear. She has several very brief essays on each of the 54 weekly portions. Each commentary is usually four to five pages and is devoted to each parasha. Her commentaries are rational and practical and there is much to be learned here.