“The Inside Story: A Chassidic Perspective on Biblical Events, Laws, and Personalities, Volume II: Exodus” by Rabbi Yanki Tauber— Why We Read Exodus

Tauber, Rabbi Yanki. “The Inside Story: A Chassidic Perspective on Biblical Events, Laws, and Personalities, Volume II: Exodus, Meaningful Life Center, 2018.

Why We Read “Exodus”

Amos Lassen

“The Inside Story” is a five-volume set that takes us on a journey into the world of the Torah’s inner meanings. The sixty-two essays in this volume each explore an event or insight from the book of Exodus to illuminate the big questions of life. The book is the result of extensive research and it gives us the theme of each week’s Torah reading. Rabbi Yanki Tauber gives us the definitive Chassidic themes of each weekly reading. Rabbi Tauber combed through hundreds of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s talks to unearth and consolidate the definitive Chassidic themes of each parsha in the book of Exodus. We become very aware of his “thoroughness and ability to present the complex and mystical teachings of Torah in a timeless and relevant way to wide and diverse audiences.”

Each essay explores an event or insight from the book of Exodus that illuminate the big questions of life as well as its most rudimentary concerns. We read why the Nile turned into blood and of the mysterious “cherubim” on top of the golden ark in the Tabernacle represent. These are just two examples that are based on the teachings of Chassidic thought and specifically of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and they demonstrate how each and every event in the second book of the Torah, Exodus, is never just a simple story, but rather an eternal lesson as relevant today as it was 3,300 years ago. We learn about the inner meaning of any event in the Torah, from the most well known to the most esoteric and can, therefore, relate to the depth of biblical events and gain realizations of how vital and meaningful the Torah is for our contemporary lives.

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