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Templates For The Ages
Historical perspectives through the Torah's lenses
By Rabbi David Cohen (Author)
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Binding: Hardcover / Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches / Weight: 1.10 LBS
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There is the familiar story of three people looking at the same thing. One sees a pile of bricks. The second sees a wall. The third -- the wisest of the three -- sees a part of a sacred building.
What you see depends on who you are. History can be a muddle of unrelated events, or it can be a template, a pattern that enables one to understand not only the past, but the future. It depends on the person, on his wisdom and perceptiveness, and on the tradition through which he filters events.
Rabbi David Cohen, spiritual leader of Congregation Gvul Yaabetz in Flatbush, is one of the most distinguished and respected rabbinic leaders and halachic authorities of the Orthodox community. His knowledge, his judgment, his ability to relate seemingly unrelated laws and events to form a coherent pattern are dazzling.
In this brilliant study, Rabbi Cohen looks at Jewish history through the lens of the Rabbinic principle that the deeds of the forefathers are portents for their offspring. The lives of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs -- Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebeccah, Rachel, and Leah -- are templates, i.e., patterns for the future history of the Jewish people. The classic Biblical commentators have themselves been the templates for applying this principle. Thus, for example, Ramban traces the Egyptian exile through the footsteps of Abraham and Sarah, as they leave the famine of Canaan for the abundance of Egypt. Ramban looks at the wells of Isaac and the antagonism of his Philistine neighbors and sees the future Holy Temples in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Cohen follows in the footsteps of the classics. In this book he takes us on a fascinating tour of Jewish history, using the road map of the Torah. Drawing on his encyclopedic knowledge of Talmudic and Midrashic sources and his complete familiarity with the history they portend, he shows how countless events and epochs of the past are foreshadowed in the Torah.
This volume is incredibly informative and enriching. Its endless revelations are eloquent testimony to the depth of the Torah and to the brilliance of its author.
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Table of Contents
- The Miracle of Chanukah, the Hasmoneans, and the Roman Empire
- The Crown of Torah and the Crown of Kingship: the Hasmoneans and the Concept of "Daas Torah"
- The Ark and the Menorah
- The Crown of Monarchy and the Crown of Priesthood
- The Golden Calf, the Calves of Jeroboam, Son of Nevat, and the Statue of Micah
- The Construction of the Jewish National Entity
- The Death of Jacob and the End of Days
- The Power of Amalek
- Curses and Their Impact at the End of Days
- Esau and Ishmael at the End Of Days
- "Your Destroyers and Your Ravagers"
- False Messiahs
- Times of Retribution, Times of Redemption
- Exile and Redemption
- Egypt - Root of Israel's Suffering
- The Babylonian Exile and the Russian Communist Regime
- Triple Entente: Gaza, Jericho, Jerusalem
- Ishmael at the End of Days
- Freedom Forever: the Exodus from Egypt
- Scion of Solomon, Son of David
- Moses and Messiah: Parallels in Redemption
- Women: Agents of Redemption
- lpmbn and the Three Crowns
- The Final Redemption
- Elijah, Herald of Redemption
- Four Who Did Not Die
- Maasei Avos - Foreknowledge and Free Will
- More Sources of Masseh Avos